For students who either excel in certain subjects or who might benefit from an additional challenge or enrichment, advanced or honors classes were created in the educational system. These classes not only offer curricular enhancements, but also the chance to prepare for advanced placement exams. The honors programs of today do not resemble those of the early 20th century, however. Early honors programs were not a conglomeration of specific classes. Rather, entire schools were devoted to provide advanced education. New York City, Chicago, and San Diego were among the first to address the need for providing such advanced programs. With the advent of the Industrial Age, science, math, and engineering were considered the most sought-after skills and careers. In the early 20th century, the ...

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