The Role of the Government in Developing Elementary Education

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The Role of the Government in Developing Elementary Education Government played little role in education prior to the nineteenth century because of many reasons, one of them being Laissez faire. Laissez faire was the philosophy of the government that it was not their role to get involved in the lives of the people. Edward Baines wrote about the state of education in 1846 and said "it is not the duty of the government to feed the people… these are things that the people can and ought to do themselves" some thought this was the way God wanted things to be. Other felt that the fittest and richest could survive; the idea did nothing for the poor. One of the only things government was willing to get…show more content…
The Government simply didn't see the need for change. There were already Sunday Schools and Dame Schools available for the poor, which were supplied by the church and individuals 'As far as education was concerned, the government was content' reading this its seems as if the government couldn't be bothered to improve if there was nothing wrong with how things were currently going. This reminds me of the old saying 'why fix it, if its not broken'. Revolutionary ideas were also something that was considered to be a threat if the poor were to be educated. If they were taught to read then they would be able to understand and read Anti-Christian books and stories about revolutions in other countries such as France. This was also discussed in the Debate on Samuel Whitbread's Bill, "It would enable them to read vicious books, and publications against Christianity" religion was very strong at this time and to disrupt it could have lead to social unrest. Revolting against how they feel they stand in society would "make them insolent to their superiors" this was also talked about on Samuel Whitbread's Bill. Parents of poor children didn't want their children to go to school and learn, because they wanted them to work and
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