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America's Schools in the 1950s vs. Today

AMERICA'S SCHOOLS

1950S vs. Today



THEN AND NOW



Average Teacher Salary

$4,000 Salary in 1955

$39,000 Starting salary in 2011



Percent of the Population Over 25 with a High School Diploma or Higher



1950

White 36.4%

Black 13.7%



2010

White 92.1%

Black 84.7%



Average Days of School Per Year



1950 - 1951

155 Days



2011 - 2012

180 Days



Spending Per Pupil

1951 $215

2010 $10,615



Best-Selling Children's Books



1950s

Charlotte's Web

The Catcher in the Rye



2012

THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES

THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET



EDUCATION MILESTONES



1954 Brown v. Board of Education

in this landmark case, the Supreme Court ordered

the desegregation of American public schools.



2009 Race to the Top

A $4.35 billion U.S. Department of Education contest has

been designed to encourage and reward states for education

innovation and reform. The hope is to close achievement

gaps and improve high school graduation rates.



INNOVATIVE CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY



1950

Slide Ruler



1950

Headphones



1957

Reading Accelerator



2012

iPad



CURRENT STATE OF EDUCATION



DESPITE THE HUGE JUMP SINCE 1950, AMERICA STILL

NEEDS TO RAISE GRADUATION RATES.



Each year 1.3 million kids drop out of school.



25th 14th

There have been many advancements in education over the last few decades, but our public

school system still has a long way to go. Currently, U.S. students are ranked 14th in literacy and 25th in math.



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America's Schools in the 1950s vs. Today

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Take a look back in history with the TakePart infographic that compares public education in the 1950s to public education today. Find out how much a teacher made in 1950 and which children's books wer...
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