Why do we celebrate education holidays? If it weren’t for education, we wouldn’t know our ABC’s from our 123’s, and we don’t think The Jackson 5 would approve in the slightest. So we take a moment to thank the teachers who changed our lives and the mentors who never gave up on us. They’ve all made lasting impacts on us and our views on the world, which is why we’re so excited to take a moment to celebrate the 9 holidays commemorating education every year.
Where did education holidays come from?
Though the concept of school was invented fairly recently (relatively speaking), the rudiments of education have been around for forever. The first public school, Boston Latin School, was founded in 1635. However, during the time period, family members would teach the basics of literacy and math — establishing them as the earliest form of mentors. By the mid 19th century, traditional schooling took over. It was the beginning of our modern education system!
However, the education system was never perfect. Tax-supported female education wasn't even established until 1767 and focused on domestic pursuits. International Day of Women and Girls in Science was established by the United Nations to end bias in science and technology. Other holidays, like Museum Selfie Day, simply want to get people to enjoy learning. So get educated about this year's education holidays and go thank your teacher!
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