Whether you love school or hate it, it’s quite handy to be able to read, write and maybe even do some basic maths. You have to admit, we’re all better off with a bit of book learnin’.
Top of the Class. Back in the days before school dinners, children learned from their parents.
In the very beginning, subjects included Hunting, Gathering, and Food Poisoning and How to Avoid It. Later, Farming and Keeping Animals joined the curriculum. Formal education came later.
The first schools were in ancient Egypt, around 3000 BC, and were for boys from rich families who would become scribes (professional writers —few people could read and write), priests or government officials.
In ancient India, teachers called Gurukuls ran schools that taught subjects including philosophy and medicine. The schools were free, but richer families paid a contribution when the child had finished his or her studies.
The ancient Romans had private schools for the rich, where children (mainly boys) were taught to read and write in Greek and Latin, and arithmetic.
Schools were set up in Europe during the Middle Ages, often by the Church or by guilds, associations of skilled workers, who would teach their trade.
The Education Act of 1870 provided compulsory state-funded schooling for all children aged between 5 and 13 in England and Wales. Before that, unless they could afford to pay, few children went to school at all.
Every term your school will write reports on you. Isn’t it time you had the chance to turn the tables and write a report on your school?
What is your least favorite subject? What is your average grade? How much freedom do you get in and out of class? What is the main thing you would you like k see changed in your school? Give your school a final
Learning the hard way: School for ancient Egyptian scribes was tough. One teacher wrote in a sort of school rules book, ‘pass no day in idleness or you will be beaten’. Teachers were still beating pupils in the UK until the late 20th century!