Education

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  • Education
    • Attitudes to education
      • becoming increasingly important
        • they still reflected the social hierarchy of the country
        • not about nurturing talent and ambition, but for preparing for life you were expected to lead.
          • focused on practical skills as well as basic literacy
        • very few children, mainly boys, went to school at all
    • New influences on education
      • humanists believed that learning was important
        • studied work of ancient philosophers and mathematicians to develop their understanding of the world
        • education was very important if people were to stop being so superstitious and fulfill their potential as human beings
      • Protestants believed that people should be able to read the bible in their own language, to develop their relationship with God.
        • Encouraged more to become literate.
      • business and trade developed: a basic education became more important
      • for most people, education was limited according to their place in society.
        • A child's education was dependent on whether their parents valued a school based education
    • Education in the Home
      • Nobility
        • learned a variety of different subjects: Greek, history etc.
          • boys: horse ridding, archery etc.
        • many girls were being educated on Elizabeth's example: music, dancing etc.
          • tutored with their brothers, but separately after 7
            • sent to another noble household to finish their education
          • sent to another noble family as social contacts and to perfect the skills expected of a noble women
      • Middling sorts and grammar schools
        • 42 schools founded in the 1560s, and 30 more in the 1570s.
        • schools for boys from well off families in town
          • Girls were educated in the home by their mothers.
        • funded by people who left money to the school: some lower class boys could attend for free.
        • Latin, classical historians, sports, prayer, debate
      • Discipline and punishments
        • corporal punishment
        • exclusion from school
        • expulsion

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