Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Paul Kennedy

Second Advisor

Dr. Darrell Kellams

Third Advisor

Dr. Raymond Ziebarth


In 1642, a Massachusetts law was passed which contained what was probably the first list of educational goals in colonial America. According to this list, the child was to learn to read, to understand and obey the laws of the country, and to understand and live by Christian principles. It is interesting to note that these goals were stated as duties of the parents, since public schools were not required by law (Johanningmeier, 1980). Since that time, many different lists of educational goals have been developed. In general, these goals have been based on tradition, politics, and religious beliefs rather than on pure reason (Dale, 1981).


Presented to the Graduate Faculty University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Specialist in Education University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright William F. Coker April, 1984