Needless to say, the purpose of schools (not necessarily the schools themselves) has evolved over time. During the late 19th century/ early 20th century, conformity was the emphasis. Technology was developing with the advent of the airplane, the automobile, and the submarine, all within a relatively close time-frame. Furthermore, the assembly line had been invented by Ford, democracy was on the rise, and industry was booming. Because of this, trade/apprenticeship skills were diminishing and, in an assembly line fashion, conformity was emphasized among the general populous. This trickled down to the education level and created what has been termed the “factory school.” continue reading...
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