The History of Public Education: The “Common School”Instructor Name: Mark BoatmanGrade Level: CollegeContent Areas: Education, HistoryCurriculum State Standard(s):Goal 1.1: Build an understanding of the cultural and social development of the United States. 9-12.USH220.127.116.11 Analyze significant movements for social change.Goal 4.3: Build an understanding that all people in the United States have rights and assume responsibilities. 9-12.USH18.104.22.168 Provide and evaluate examples of social and political leadership in American history. (490.01e)Objectives:Students will: Be aware of the definition of the Common School Identify important figures in the creation of the Common School Know the purpose of the Common School and why it was formed Identify arguments for and against the Common School Identifysimilar controversies about vouchers to pay for private schooling, and controversies about multiculturalism/assimilation Identify how the common school relates to the public school system of todayMaterials/Equipment Needed: Power Point presentation – slides to guide and enforce lesson Useful website: http://www.pbs.org/onlyateacher/timeline.html
Procedure TimeQuadrant I: 3min. 1. Opening video to get students attention 2. Overview of what will be discussed in my lessonQuadrant II: 5 min. 1. General history of the Common School 2. Summarize the contributions of important educational figure, Horace MannQuadrant III: 5min. 1. Discuss arguments for and against the Common School 2. Discuss the Common School in practice 3. Early textbooks, such as the McGuffey ReadersQuadrant IV: 15 min. 1. Box T-Chart groupactivity: Similarities/Differences between Common Schools and Public schools of today 2. Wrap-up: Additional thoughts and comparisonsMethod of Evaluation: Observe to see if students are engaged throughout the lesson Group Participation in Box T-Chart Activity Questions/Answer session at lessons conclusion o What similarities and differences are there between the Common School and public elementary schools today? o What controversies over public education exist today? o As Horace Mann thought, do you think women are better teachers of the young? o Are there drawbacks to the influx of technology in the classroom? o How did textbooks such as the McGuffey readers contribute to the growth of democracy and American ideals? o How did the progressive educators influence instructional practice in the United States? o Is equity in education a reality?References:Cooper, Ryan. Those Who Can Teach. 12th. Boston: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2010. Print.