Essay on Boarding Schools ( 6-8 Pgs )

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Boarding Schools (6-8 pgs)
Although they weren’t referred to as Boarding Schools, the practice of sending children to other families or schools, so that they can learn together, is a long standing tradition. Today you can find records of this tradition in classical and modern day literature. Some of the most well-known books include Harry Potter, The Catcher and the Rye, and The Series of Unfortunate Events. If you were to journey to the UK, you would find that the tradition of sending boys away for school dates back over a thousand years. In Europe the practice was developed in early mediaeval times when boys were sent to be taught by literate clergymen, either in monasteries or as pages in great households. Seeing as the tradition has lasted this long, it’s no wonder it continues today. The school often considered the world’s oldest boarding school is, The King’s School, in Canterbury. It is recorded that this monastery school was founded around 597 AD. Although not as old, Winchester College, founded by Bishop William of Wykeham in 1382 and the Oswestry School, founded by David Holbache in 1407 are the oldest boarding schools that are still in continued operation.
The term boarding school is defined as, a school where some or all students study and live during the school year with their fellow students and possibly head masters and/or teachers. The term “boarding” is used to signify “bed and board” meaning the students are fed at the school and sleep in dorms on campus.…

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