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Preparation, Assimilation, Force: Education In The British Empire

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The educational quality of someone living in the British Empire is decided the day that baby enters the world. A child living in the British Empire during the nineteenth century had little say in their education. Parents directed the education of their children and different people had very different views on education. The affluent members of English society highly regarded education and made sure their children got the best possible education money had to offer. The working class of England was often forced by the government to send their children to school. They felt that their children’s time would be better spent working a factory. The Quakers on the other hand, had a very different approach to education. the native children in the empire had their own unique experience. The different views on education led to an empire with several different types of educational institutes that prepared children in a variety of ways for adulthood. Some children’s training was directly aimed at preparing them for their future job while others taught them skills that they might never use. Due to the diversity in educational training, children had very different experiences. Some children had positive experiences with education while others remembered their education bitterly. Overall, the education in the British Empire was not uniform. The education of privileged children differed greatly from that of Quaker children in the empire and that was dissimilar to the education of native children in missionary schools, the only unifying factor was that the children were sent away for school.
The education of privileged children was all about preparing boys for their future career. Members of the affluent society always wanted to send their children to the most expensive schools so they could receive the best education possible. The parents of Winston Churchill were no different. At the age of seven, his parents sent him to a boarding school and he did not see his parents for several weeks at a time. Churchill experienced varying thoughts before going to school. He dreaded the impending lessons but excitedly awaited the chance to spend time with boys his own age. Churchill attended the best and most expensive school, St. James School. It was supposed to be the best and had several things to offer. A day consisted of seven to eight straight hours of lessons. Churchill however, was not happy at the school. He did not like the teachers or the way he was taught. He did not get to learn what he wanted and therefore had no interest in learning at all. Churchill stated: “How I hated this school, and what a life of anxiety I lived there for more than two years.” Churchill fell extremely ill and as a result was sent to a different school, Eton, located in Brighton; there he could be looked over until he was well. It was a smaller school and less expensive but Churchill preferred it. He said, “The impression of those two years makes a pleasant picture in my mind, in...

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