Have you ever wondered what school and education was like back then in Britain? Like not just 10 years ago, but way back, when your actual ancestors were born and living! I know that’s a long time compared to now, but there was actual school in the past believe it or not.
However, it differed from school today in so many ways.There were so many different types of schools in the late 1500s –1920s. Such as, Sunday school, grammar schools, parish schools and public schools. All these schools shared the same meaning.
They all had students who were willing to learn and gain more knowledge. The only difference was that each school had their own group/category of students. For example, the “Parish school provided education for the children in their care whom they had not managed to train yet”, according to “the British library”. Also, there was church schools, which provided elementary education and adopted the Lancaster system; where the brightest student taught what he had just learned to a group of fellow scholars and from there the other students would pass it on Moving on, schools in Britain also had all different types of school acts. There is literally a majority of them. Grammar schools act of 1840, public schools acts of 1868 and elementary education act of 1870, are some acts that occurred during the time being. All these events became an act for a reason. They all wanted to accomplish a goal or even a certain obstacle.
An example, would be the act of elementary education of 1870s. Its purpose was to get the government to direct provision of education for children aged 5-13 years old. Also, attendance played a big role in this act.
In the past, there were unfortunate children who didn’t have the opportunity to go to school, due to child labor. Children were either ill or employed and that forbid them to go to school until 1880, attendance became a big deal. Child labor was revoked and school attendance officers were later on enforced.
Furthermore, age and gender were a distinct issue back then. I wouldn’t say it was unfair, but it was very different compared to now, the present. Male and females learned different things. It was like the genders were being stereotyped. Males learned “manly” things, while females basically learned how to be a house wife for the future. They would learn things such as, how to sew, cook and clean. However, a male’s role was mentioned more than a female’s. According to the national archives, “boys had their own school, they were also trained in a number of disciplines, including mechanics, printing and shoemaking.
Moreover, financial stability was also an important matter. As I mentioned before, children were employed and were not able to attend school. Some families couldn’t afford to take their kids to school. Some children don’t even finish school, they are sometimes only left with the choice to sacrifice their education and quit school to be employed that way they’ll be able to support their family financially. In the past it was difficult to find transportation from home to school. Families lived far from school, so they didn’t see the value of education, their children needed. Also, the school year was much shorter back then, therefore many families didn’t see a point of their kids going to school.
Also, schools weren’t as fortunate, “most of the time they ran low on school supplies, stated by “Mental floss”. Another issue was lunch was not provided by the school, even if families had money for it. Everyone shared a bucket to drink water from.
Education mostly ended right after 8th grade. Schools struggled economically compared to today.Moving forward , the lack of teaching increased little by little each year.
The statistics began to rise. There has been rumors stated that teachers actually stayed and lived with student’s families due to the fact, that money was a problem in the past. Some teachers couldn’t find a home. There are different stories/rumors about this situation. According to “Michael Day”, this practice was called “boarding round,” where a teacher would go over to a student’s household every so often to teach them.
It was similar to home schooling in a way. Another topic that was quiet interesting was the way discipline was displayed. They were really strict in those times.
One act up could end up into detention, suspension, and even expulsion. You could also be detained from finishing school and actually getting the opportunity to graduate. For children, they would be kept from recess if they got into any trouble. It was more firm on the adolescents, during that time.Ultimately, school in Britain in the 1800s-1900s was totally different in so many ways. Not just by subjects or financially but by disciplining and traditionally.
So many things have changed since then. In some cases, change can either be good or bad, but in this case, change is good! Could you imagine being in school back then? Would you be a successful graduate? Would you even have the opportunity to graduate? ?