1. Roots of Formal Education
So when was school invented? Most ancient societies were never exposed to formal schools. But there were places and people who were dedicated to this pursuit. We can say that the history of school starts with them. So the schools that we see today may have existed in a similar form in ancient societies. Let’s take a look at some of the world’s oldest civilizations and their education systems.
2. Byzantine Empire
Artifacts from ancient Egypt give us a faint glimpse into what school was like in their society. Children of royal families needed to learn how to administrate. Some common citizens were rich enough to pay for their children’s education. Their children would go to a tutor at seven or eight.
Subjects taught in school were language, arithmetic, geometry, geography, astronomy, medicine, and ethics. Some classes were conducted in classrooms. Some were even set up in the back of shops. Students would spend their entire day at school with a short lunch break in the afternoon. There was no Sunday, but there were quite a few religious holidays.
3. Enter, Horace Mann
Why do we Need Schools?
When you ask the question “Who invented school?” some of you might be genuinely curious. But others might be asking a rhetorical question. In that case, what you are really thinking is, why do we need to go to school? But why do we need to ask this question? Maybe it means that schools are not meeting the needs of students. As you can see, the schools we see today are based on a model of the 19th century.
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