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An Overview of Primary and Secondary Education in the United States

Author(s): Ryan Conley

Journal: Journal of Didactics
ISSN 2067-4627

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 149;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: US Public Education | Federalism | Primary and Secondary School | No Child Left Behind | Private vs Public School

Like any country the United States of America has a unique education formed over time to best fit the particular needs of its citizens. Education in the US has evolved from single-room classes teaching students of all ages to a complex and comprehensive system aimed at providing the best skills and learning environment for American children from the ages of six through 18,and in the present day greater emphasis is being placed on preparing students for further post secondary education, whether it be in universities, technical schools, or other forms of training. To best understand the American education system one must begin with how it is influenced by the federal organization of the government, as this is a major factor in the development and implementation of the schools in the US. From there we will examine briefly the organization of students in the primary and secondary schools. Then the curricula of schools will be explored, followed by an overview of the testing system and recent developments in federal education policy. Finally we will end with a brief discussion of private alternatives to public schools as well as the reasons why people may choose them.

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