The History of Education

In these activities, students will use primary sources from the collections of the Transylvania Heritage Museum and the Transylvania County Library’s Local History Room to investigate the ways in which educational practices have changed over the decades.

This trunk and its instructional activities incorporate both materials and teaching methods typical of two historical time periods: 1861 (the founding year of Transylvania County) and the first half of the 1900s (1900-1960). On Day 1, students will build their knowledge of the mid-1800s school day. On Day 2, students will experience firsthand an 1861 school day. On Day 3, students will build their knowledge of education during the 1900s-1960s and compare and contrast that time period to the 1861 classroom and the classroom of today.

Curriculum alignment: NC Standard Course of Study Objectives Social Studies 1st through 5th Grades

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