Schools in the 1800’s

December 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm 5 comments

In the early 1800’s children went to a one room school house.  They were grouped by what grade they were in with the younger children in front.  The teacher was chosen by the parents of the children and if he or she did a good job they were well respected in the town.  The parents paid the teacher and if they didn’t have enough money gave them food or clothes or other things to pay.  The children were taught mainly from Noah Webster’s American Spelling Book, but also used William McGuffey’s Eclectic readers. These books taught the students the different subjects that they needed to learn.  The classes went from 9:00 to 4:00 each day and they had an hour off from 12:00 to 1:00 to eat lunch and have recess.  There was only school in summer and winter, because spring was planting and fall was harvesting.

The government wasn’t evolved in schooling yet because it was the parent’s choice if they wanted their children to go to school.  I think that the system we use today is better because the teacher is for 1 grade only and the students can listen to them the whole time, and not have to worry about where or not she was speaking to your section.



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19th Century School System

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. vebramos  |  December 12, 2013 at 11:42 am

    In comparison the way we run schools now is so poor to then. Especially now with more government involvement.

  • 2. dwood07022013  |  December 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Did the teacher need to have any qualifications to teach?

  • 3. monguinhandel  |  December 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

    not really, the parents of the kids chose the teacher so the teacher only had to know a little bit about what he was teaching

  • 4. linkasourous  |  December 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    If Mitch has 4 apples, and gives 2 apples to Jerome, what is the circumference of the sun?
    What do you think is the reason for the schools being run by the parents instead of the government?

  • 5. monguinhandel  |  December 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    the schools were basically run by the parents because they chose the teacher, and what the kids were going to learn.


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