Education During The Victorian Era Essay

1753 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
Education during the Victorian era was not seen as an essential part of life. Many children had little schooling, if any at all. It was not until the 1870 Education Act that declared all children be granted, at minimum, an elementary education. Though the Education Act was intended for a greater good, it did not radically change society or the school system. The rich and the poor attended school, but oftentimes it did not align with the life in the different social classes. Children attended Sunday school, public school, or homeschool, based on their social standing. During the Victorian era, every child was guaranteed an education but it was not necessarily an equal one.
An education was seen as unimportant, especially for children whose families were less fortunate. Poor families needed the extra hands that their children provided to work on a farm or in a factory rather than attending school. Many children were employed in factories with horrendous working conditions and long hours. There were eventually multiple acts passed to prevent these dangers associated with child labor.
Since many children had to work to provide money for their families, they had little time for school. “Few stayed on at school after the age of 13, and many, particularly the sons and daughters of agricultural laborers, ended their studies up to five years earlier when they began earning their livings alongside their parents" (Cruttenden 44). If a child was fortunate enough to make…

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