A History of Education: European Influences on the American Educational System (Herbert Spencer)

[Editor’s Note: This is the 17th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] The last European influencer we’ll discuss in this series is Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), known as one of the leading Social Darwinists of … Continue reading “A History of Education: European Influences on the American Educational System (Herbert Spencer)”


The History of Education: European Influences on the American Educational System (Herbart)

[Editor’s Note: This is the 16th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] Education is the process by which a society delivers knowledge, culture, and values from one generation to the next. Individually along the … Continue reading “The History of Education: European Influences on the American Educational System (Herbart)”


A History of Education: European Influences on the American Educational System (Jan Amos Comenius)

[Editor’s Note: This is the 14th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] Jan Amos Comenius was a Protestant bishop who lived from 1592-1670 and who reformed the educational system at the time. He came … Continue reading “A History of Education: European Influences on the American Educational System (Jan Amos Comenius)”


A History of Education: The American Educational System: An Overview

[Editor’s Note: This is the 13th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] Education is a part of socialization. It’s the process by which a society teaches its population the skills, knowledge, and values they … Continue reading “A History of Education: The American Educational System: An Overview”


A History of Education: The Renaissance

[Editor’s Note: This is the 12th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present.] The Middle Ages, also called the “Dark Ages,” took place between the fall of ancient Rome in 476 CE and the beginning of the 14th century. It was a time filled with war, pestilence, … Continue reading “A History of Education: The Renaissance”


A History of Education: The Islamic World: Basics

[Editor’s Note: This is the 10th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] From its inception, Islam has placed a high premium on education and has enjoyed a long, rich intellectual tradition as a result. … Continue reading “A History of Education: The Islamic World: Basics”


A History of Education: Mesopotamia and the Sumerians

[Editor’s Note: This is the 4th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] School as a concept of education correlates closely with the development of true writing, which arose independently around the world at least three … Continue reading “A History of Education: Mesopotamia and the Sumerians”


A History of Education: Prehistory to Pre-Industrial

[Editor’s Note: This is the 3rd in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] In terms of biological history, schools are a very recent human invention. For hundreds of thousands of years, people lived in hunter-gatherer societies, … Continue reading “A History of Education: Prehistory to Pre-Industrial”


A History of Education: An Introduction

[Editor’s Note: This is the first in a year-long series of blogs that examines how education developed throughout history until the present.] In its broadest sense, education is the imparting of information from one generation to the generation that follows it. It can be accomplished by modeling actions, sharing oral knowledge, or through reading and … Continue reading “A History of Education: An Introduction”


The Role of School Psychologists in the Educational Process: Part 1

[Editor’s note: This is the first part of a three-part interview conducted by Miriam Ruff with Dr. Kim Hastings, a nationally certified school psychologist. It has been lightly edited for length and clarity.] MR: In general terms, what is a school psychologist? What role do they play in the school setting? KH: From the National … Continue reading “The Role of School Psychologists in the Educational Process: Part 1”