What!! Were schools also invented? Is that true? My parents went to school, their parents went to school, and their parents went to school too. Doesn’t that mean schools have been around since forever?
Let us find out.
The idea of passing knowledge in one way or the other has always been around with or without schools. The schools that we have today follow a well organised method of teaching kids under the direction of teachers. Modern day schools have evolved over a period.
In the beginning, there were just informal passing knowledge/skills from parents to children. This included teaching self-defense, doing domestic chores and learning moral and civic responsibilities. Then came the idea of grouping students together at a place to impart knowledge. This came into being since ancient times. In ancient India, it was Gurukul. In ancient Rome, the name of such schools was Ludi, the Latin word for “play,”. But there was no distinction on the basis of age. Ancient Greek, Egyptians and Chinese also had similar systems.
As schools became popular, many one-room schools opened up for kids to attend school full-time. These kids came from families who could afford to let their children go to school instead of making them do work. Did you know that, in the older times, even children worked?
Then as the importance of learning grew, schools have become accessible to all. They have trained teachers, proper grades for kids and a different curriculum that is followed in each grade.
Now, some people say it was a man named Horace Mann who started a modern school system. He was an outstanding teacher who taught Latin and Greek. Some others say that it was a man named Mr. Harry P. School who started it all. But frankly, there is no evidence to tell who actually invented schools!!
Teacher: Class, we will have only half days school this morning.
Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon ;);)