Teaching Education During The Nineteenth Century

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first time in a few days. While the letter does not make explicitly clear if this kind of absence was normal, the nonchalant manner that it was addressed suggests that absences were common. While the absence from school suggested in the letters written is common amongst children in rural areas, the experience of the Brown children (as children from an upper class) was significantly different from that of working class children who were often required to work on the family farms or businesses. While attendance was often irregular, because of the conditions discussed above, students were expected to attend their designated school. One letter written by an official from the Department of Public Instruction indicated that students were required to attend their designated school, and if a teacher chose to allow a student to stay, than they would not be paid any extra salary, nor would they receive financial compensation for any money they had to spend on the student. In studying education during the nineteenth century, and its impact on youth, it is also important to understand the experience of the staff teaching the youth. During the nineteenth century, teachers were referred to “mistresses and masters”. Until the mid-nineteenth century, most teaching was done in the student’s home. In most cases, society’s notions of morality were reflected in the staff that were hired. While the majority of Ontario schools required potential hires to have skill in teaching as well as
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