Date of Award
Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)
Dr. Paul Kennedy
Dr. Darrell Kellams
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).
Coker, William F., "Some Relationships Between Student Curriculum Choices and Approximation of School Goals" (1984). Student Work. 2480.