The history of education highlights the significant changes that have taken place in the educational process. The early years of human existence presented a very different type of learning. Knowledge was passed down from one generation to the next regarding traditions and religion. This knowledge was conveyed in the form of stories, folklore, legends and song. Skills were taught from one generation to the next. When a career was chosen for a child and there were no family experience related to the career an apprenticeship was established. An apprenticeship would involve separation from family and volunteering ones work in exchange for the knowledge received.
During the early years of civilization the experience of a more formal education was limited to the wealthy and those in positions of authority. As learning processes evolved the churches became educational centers for seekers of knowledge. With the passage of time the pursuit of education became available to a wider range of individuals. Limitations to education included the need of families for their children to work. This need overshadowed the desire for an education.
The history of education eventually resulted in increased educational opportunities for a wider population. Many of the early colleges were established by religious organizations for the purpose of educating ministers. The 1700s brought forth many of these institutions. During the 1800s an elementary education became compulsory in advanced countries. These schools were generally one room school houses where all age groups were taught together. Education in the 1900s experienced tremendous changes. The issues of segregation and limitations placed on the female population were addressed and education was provided to all walks of life at no cost. From the late 1900s to present time changes to the system now address requirements for disabled students. The changes that have occured in education during the last 100 years is extensive and has created a positive system to work with in the future.