The Great Depression Era


Main points about education

The main points of education in The Great Depression Era is the economic prosperity in the 1920's increased the middle class, more industrialized country, concern on immigration, Black Thursday, and The Great Depression.

How did the economy impact schools during this era?

They had to respond to lost revenue, schools had to face a shortage on cash since citizens couldn’t pay taxes, they had a shortened school year, teacher pay was decreased/eliminated, less courses were offered.
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Importance of the Dick and Jane readers

“Dick and Jane” Readers were significant because even though it was a simple book for kids to read it also served as a textbook to help kids learn. They helped teach basic reading skills and helped standardize education.
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The picture above is what a classroom looked like during the 1920-40s.

Role of Teachers

"Teach undernourished children whose family has been devastated by unemployment and could no longer afford to eat well."

School Conditions

Many students did not have the right clothing, supplies, and textbooks because parents could not afford the costs. Parents didn't have jobs which means they had little money so they couldn't buy their children school supplies. Students began to drop out to work instead of go to school so that they could help their families.


During this time there was a huge baby boom. This led to a increased need for teachers to teach all the children being born during this time. New classes in the sciences, physical education, home economics, geography, and industrial arts expanded the curriculum from the traditional focus like the main subjects. Teaching was the best job because of the high demand for teachers due to the baby boom.