Public education has been a part of Maine since Euro-American settlement began to stabilize in the early eighteenth century. But not until the end of the nineteenth century was public education really compulsory in Maine.
Concern about immigrants and their loyalty in the post World War I era led to programs to "Americanize" them -- an effort to help them learn English and otherwise adjust to life in the United States. Clara Soule ran one such program for the Portland Public Schools, hoping it would help the immigrants be accepted.
Farmington's Normal School -- a teacher-training facility -- opened in 1863 and, over the decades, offered academic programs that included such unique features as domestic and child-care training, and extra-curricular activities from athletics to music and theater.
A Look Inside the Classroom Over Time The school system in Scarborough has seen many changes over the past 352 years.
Back then, there were multiple books in each classroom, for a while there was only one. The first book introduced to classrooms was the Bible.
A Look Inside the Classroom Over Time Extra Curricular Danielle, grade 6 Scarborough High School Track Team, 1921Item Contributed…