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Education and Schooling, Then and Now

Updated on November 7, 2012

Times have changed, or have they?

 Many, many years ago, when Britain was Great, or so it was thought

There was no general education. The sons of the rich were the ones to be taught.

Privately tutored, and then University, for those of the upper class, that was their right.,

While the bulk of the population were unable to read and unable to write.

During these times , in some will's of the rich, money was left for schools to be started,

In order that learning, and culture, and manners could 'free' to poor children be fully imparted.

Then at the end of the Nineteenth Century, 'free' education for all was decreed,

In order that none of the land's population be unable to write or unable to read.

So, it was done, first with chalks upon slates, then with pen upon paper all children were able

To write out whole sentences, copy from books, and neatly set out a mathematical table.

Now we are in the twenty-first century, how well- advanced our children must be.,

With all the wonderful technological help for them, and it's still free.!

Reality is that thousands of children are unable to read and unable to write,

Have made no use of their education, even though it was their's by right.

They join the ranks of the unemployed,unemployable, no work can they accomplish,

Know-nothing products of modern-day thinking, that no child should do what he doesn't wish.

And what of the schools from the Will's of the rich men, free to poor children to give education?

These schools are for sons of the privileged classes, whose parents now pay..........

What a strange transformation.!!

 

Girls in India often have no opportunity to go to school. The expense is centred on boys.
Girls in India often have no opportunity to go to school. The expense is centred on boys.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks, blaise. Good point about it being ironic. I rather like irony, don't you? x

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    Fehl Dungo 7 years ago from close to you...

    Great message and great hub :)

    Ironic sometimes when people who really want to go to school, just can't..and people who can go, just don't want to..

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    That's a really good point, Tony. Often what is free and compulsory is taken for granted .

    Some of the children I've met in India would love to go to school but their parents have to send them out to "shoe shine" or sell something on the street.

    Thanks for the feedback

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    Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

    I get your point, especially those lines at the end! Well done. As an educator myself I am passionate about learning and growing all the time and wish I could share some of this enthusiasm with others - well I guess I do with my writing, but I often feel that those who would benefit and maybe enjoy it most don't ever get to see it! LOL!

    Thanks for sharing your insights so we illuminatingly. I often wonder about "compulsory" education. Would it not maybe be more appreciated if it were not compulsory? I think forcing people, especially children, when a choice can be available, maybe is not the most creative way to go. Just wondering,as I say.

    Love and peace

    Tony

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for stopping by , James. I always say it's never too late to learn , but with free schooling NOT being all over the world, it is a shame that in the countries that do have it, it doesn't seem to be appreciated. Nevertheless, this hub was meant to be slightly satirical, or sarcastic , or just funny.

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    James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

    A fine education is offered for free and you get few takers. Shame. A pity.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you Micky Dee. I was hoping I would not offend anyone with some of the wording, but you obviously took it the way I meant it. I am sorry for some who, in later life, wish they had taken more notice of free education.

    Thanks again for commenting. I am enjoying your hubs very much.

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    Micky Dee 7 years ago

    I wish this could be touched on periodically with students who are not motivated. Some students are poor because of exclusion, unpopularity, home problems, and so on. But even those who are deprived must continue their learning. Great message Dim Flaxenwick.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for reading. Life seems to go in cycles. Hopefully better are times are coming soon.

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    Ten Blogger 7 years ago

    Good read.. Yes the times have indeed changed.. even so much that.. Even the educated people do not have the jobs !!

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