The Impact Of Medieval Europe On Education

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Sami Stoll Dr. McAlister 28 October, 2014 EH 101 No matter where one goes or their age, there are almost always many options for schooling. Some options focus on general topics of academics, including arithmetic, English, social studies, math, etc, while others focus on trades that allow the student to learn all the skills of the workforce. Either choice has endless possibilities, and a lot of freedom for the student to pick. The importance of education is found in many cultures, but where did it all begin? Medieval Europe started many ideals about education that would have a powerful effect on many different forms of education around the world. Medieval Europe birthed the very first institutions in which students could collectively learn the same information. While the institutions and the importance of education was growing more and more popular, the population in Europe was also growing larger. More people meant that the demand for schools also went up. These schools operated by teaching the bare minimums. This included basic math, rhetoric, Latin, philosophy, and logic. Because many places where these children were taught were not the wealthiest places--or the family/community did not have enough money--the students did not have desks like schools do today; instead, they sat on the floor (Education). Bones or other materials were used as writing utensils, and they would inscribe their assignments on wooden tablets (Education). Because the first institutions
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