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The Never Taught History Of Modern School System

by salihu saeed 7 months ago in history

Actual reason the modem school system was made

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Schools across the world have these similar traits in nature.

Children must participate

Classes are divided into 12 levels of promotion

The students are separated by age not by what they want to learn or have learned

The authority is the teacher. Children are hallowed heads that the teacher is paid to fill out.

The students are not given the opportunity to explore other subjects

Teachers are only considered qualified if the can provide the required certificates

The curriculum is made and taught in a manner that does not mind if it works for some student

It focuses on a structured curriculum and lesson plans, not experiences in real life.

Would you have invented this idea if you were starting from scratch and wanted to help children become contributing, well-rounded members of society? Certainly not. Nobody else has done so.

For several decades, European rulers' favourite pastime was invading each other to gain more territory. The Prussians were faced with a problem: most of the Prussian troops were farmers drafted for war. They had an irritating urge to go home to their families and farm when the enemy fired at them. With that army, Prussia would not gain more ground! The army needed soldiers who would blindly follow if told to make a suicidal charge, not soldiers who would kill their captain and go home.

To create them, Prussia developed a school system that centred on making students appreciate and follow the figure of authority, a teacher. They already learned how to stand in a straight line as young men arrived for their first day in uniform. Prussia is a force in the military. It has been expanding its territory, and we call it Germany today.

But Prussia couldn't say "Give us your kids so we can train them to be killers," to parents. Schools often taught reading and arithmetic. Whether the primary objective was to mold obedient soldiers or obedient men, history does not tell us. Prussia has earned both. However, students did not learn to think critically. The instructor had the answer; memorizing it was the task of the students.

This, alone, may have been enough to convince other rulers to follow what had become known as the Prussian method. There was soon another incentive: the Industrial Revolution. Previously, most Europeans lived in the countryside and worked for themselves — usually as fishermen, shopkeepers, blacksmiths, or carpenters.

The invention of the steam engine has changed all that. Urban factories sprung up in a couple of decades. Farmers — often searching for a better life, often driven out of their land — moved to the region. Yet they were not reliable factory employees. Owners wanted staff who would turn up on time, obey orders, and embrace boredom as their fate on life. The Prussian-style schools were churning them out.

More funding has come from a different direction. Horace Mann, an American reformer, thought that the Prussian education system could change the lives of poor citizens in the United States. Massachusetts had to introduce it, and other states quickly followed.

The Prussian scheme was implemented by European nations in their colonies. It created a docile, low-level workforce that was needed while appearing to support the local community. School enrollment has risen in most countries today, but the Prussian system still prevails.

Today, further funding for this Prussian scheme comes from a new source: the education sector. A massive network — administrators, teachers, and government officials; textbook and curriculum publishers; teacher training colleges; aid staff in developing countries; and inevitable consultants — all derive their income from the changing public education system. All of them really care about children and education. But they're still worried about their wages and job stability. It shapes their thought and restricts their appetite for profound change.

The never-ending stream of commentators, both in the global South and North, obviously see that the scheme doesn't work, and they think this is so simple that it shouldn't be hard to change it.

But the method works — for a lot of people. Not only in the education sector, but also for the global elite. And so, it's still flourishing. And if the kids don't.

As though, this topic carries a lot of controversy on its name The Prussian School System. I suggest you also make your own findings if not sure of my article and please also contribute by asking questions for further details. Please I would love to hear your opinion on this top

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