The Story of American Public Education
A 4-part series narrated by Meryl Streep
2 — As American As Public School (1900 - 1950)
Between 1890 and 1930, nearly three million immigrant children arrived
in the United States. For them, public schools offered a golden opportunity:
a chance to be part of the American dream. This episode recalls the
dramatic story of how massive immigration, child labor laws, and the
explosive growth of cities fueled school attendance and transformed
public education. Also explored are controversial IQ tests used to sort
through growing numbers of students and high school classrooms that
resonated with “life adjustment” lessons and Cold War politics.
a video clip
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