Many of you may already be starting classes. Or, if not, you are most likely preparing for that first day back to school. With a new year starting, we are taking a look at that very subject: school. School as a topic of content may not be something your students have thought that much about. But of course, it is a major part of all children’s lives. We think your students would be interested in having their attention drawn to school itself—after all, it is where they spend most of their waking hours. And they can relate historical content to their own lives, helping to get their brains flowing again after summer break! Speaking of summer break, that is where we are starting our journey this week: finding out why there even is a summer break in the first place. Then we will look at why school is mandatory, what school was like in the 1800s, the costs of education, and school segregation.