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Origins of Education

The etymology of the word educate is, “to bring up children (childrearing) to train.” defines education as the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgement, and generally or preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.

From the onset of American colonization, it was believed that in order to survive and succeed in the, “New World”, an emergence of cultural identity had to arise. They realized they would not succeed if basic knowledge was not integral within their communities. Thus, Colonizers began to produce literacy and mathematics among white male children. In the mid 15th century the beginnings of an education system arose in America, and by the early 1600’s the word education came was defined as, “a systematic schooling and training for work”.