• Question: Who invented school?

    Asked by spongeyyy to Adam, Kate, Maria, on 9 May 2012.
    • Photo: Maria Konstantaki

      Maria Konstantaki answered on 9 May 2012:

      The first schools were in ancient Egypt, around 3000 BC, and were for boys from rich families who would become scribes (professional writers —few people could read and write), priests or government officials.

      In ancient India, teachers called Gurukuls ran schools that taught subjects including philosophy and medicine. The schools were free, but richer families paid a contribution when the child had finished his or her studies.

      The ancient Romans had private schools for the rich, where children (mainly boys) were taught to read and write in Greek and Latin, and arithmetic.

      Schools were set up in Europe during the Middle Ages, often by the Church or by guilds, associations of skilled workers, who would teach their trade.

      The Education Act of 1870 provided compulsory state-funded schooling for all children aged between 5 and 13 in England and Wales. Before that, unless they could afford to pay, few children went to school at all.

    • Photo: Adam Bibbey

      Adam Bibbey answered on 14 May 2012:

      Hi Spongeyyy,

      Hope the answer by Maria was helpful. Guess what is shows is that you should feel privileged by having access to school.

      Do you enjoy school?

      Do you enjoy school?