Victorian Education Essay

494 Words2 Pages
Garrison Howell Ms. Kinsey English II 23 February 2015 Victorian Education Victorian education was an era where large steps were taken in creating a practical, nationwide education system that resembles what he have in place today. In Victorian England, the education system was there to teach everyone basic skills of life, practice responsibility and discipline, and prepare students for their upcoming role in society. The Elementary School Act of 1870 made school mandatory up to the age of 12. The most famous group of public schools was referred to as “the Nine Great Public Schools.” The famous schools were Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Winchester, Shrewsbury, Charterhouse, Westminster, St. Paul's, and Merchant Taylors. These schools were originally opened up to everyone and sustained through the donations of wealthy donors. Initially the boys were taught Latin and Greek grammar but in 1861 the administration was changed and more of the sciences were included. As a result, the schools became public in name only and were attended pretty much by upper class and middle class boys only. Children of the upper and middle classes were taught at home by governesses or tutors until they were old enough to attend public schools. Public schools were important for sons of well-off or aspiring families because schools gave them the opportunity to establish connections which could later help them out in their careers. Most of the boys that attended these schools went off to Cambridge and Oxford and then later on to Parliament. Also, children not of the upper class could interacted a lot with those that were and it was a possibility for a gain in status. A lot of emphasis was placed on athletic games. They oftentimes even took precedence over the learning of Greek and Latin. Being a sportsman helped to achieve a man's leadership. Boys of the lower classes were excluded from

More about Victorian Education Essay

Open Document