1800 schools

December 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm 1 comment

The Teachers, Students and Books

Education in the 1800s was governed by the parents. Thus, the parents elected who was going to be the teacher, as well as they were the ones who selected the textbooks and created expectations as opposed to the government. The teacher had close relationships with the parents as well as the students, and often times if the parents couldn’t afford to pay the teacher, they instead provided food, clothing and shelter. Before the Civil War started, many of the teachers were men. However many became soldiers for the war, and as a result, the majority of the teachers were women. 

The students of all ages were grouped together into a one-room schoolhouse. Most of the students were needed at home to help with farming. A typical school day started at 9:00 and ended around 1:00. 

The students used textbooks like “The Blue-Backed Speller” by Noah Webster, “McGuffey’s Eclectic readers” by William H. McGuffey. The Blue-Backed Speller consisted of Scripture passages, lessons about economics and morality as well as geography. McGuffey’s Eclectic readers taught geography, patriotism, Biblical morals, science, as well as poetry. 

Schools then and now

Schools then and now have changed drastically. In the 1800s, the schools often times started in October and ended around May, due to the fact that that the students were needed at home for farming. Now, most public schools start around the end of August, and end mid June. Public schools are now primarily run by the government, as well as many of them do not present teachings from the Bible or encourage the Christian morals. Most public schools instead teach things that lead students away from God, such as the theory of Evolution. Nonetheless, schools have come a long way with big differences in the technology and the teaching system. 






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  • 1. vebramos  |  December 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    People now a days think of homeschooling like a new thing when it really wasn’t. the kids at that time were basically home schooled, next to going to the school building as well sorta of like a full time tutorial.


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