Essay on Education in the 16th Century

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Education in the 16th Century
Emily Kastl
Mrs. Stafford
English 1 Honors
March 20th 2013

According to dictionary.reference.com education is the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life, but to people in the 16th century education was the practice of learning skills for the future. Education in the 16th century was very different than what education is now in modern times. Many people in England were illiterate and uneducated. Some boys were educated and many girls in the upper class were given private tutors. Education in England in the 16th century can be summed up by saying
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Coupled with wealthy boys, there were a few different things that wealthy girls were taught. “The daughters of the wealthy might learn more skills, both practical and decorative. They would learn to manage a household and treat illnesses, which were often the responsibility of noblewomen. They might also learn embroidery, music, and other arts designed to make them attractive and pleasant companions” (Education 2). This shows how there were many things that wealthy women were taught and how all the things they were taught were important to how they lived.
Nearly all of the boys in the middle to lower class were taught the trade of their father when they were young so they could follow in their father’s footsteps. “Boys might help their fathers in the fields or with hunting. Tradesmen taught their trades to their sons, who were then expected to continue in those occupations. For example, a master mason would raise his son to be a mason as well, taking him to work and giving him jobs appropriate to his age and abilities” (Education 3). The boys of the middle and lower class were educated by learning the techniques and practices of their father’s job which would eventually become their job. They were not usually taught how to read or write because it was thought to be irrelevant. The boys were raised to work so they could take over the family business as soon as need be.
Likewise to middle class and lower class boys, peasant girls were educated in practical terms. They

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