Posted by JW on March 21, 1998 at 03:26:55:
In response to ooh!, written by Caroline on March 20, 1998 at 16:19:36
] Remember that the public schools at this time wre in a terrible stste,
] Sounds interesting! Would you like to expand a bit on this?
JW: The 'Public'Schools in the 18th centurt, wer the remnants of mediaeval and later benefactions originally intended for the education of the poor. By this time they had been annexed by the upper classes, but were in a stste of anarchy and deaay. They were virtually run by the pupils and dreadful cruelty and debauchery ruledin some of them. (the smaller local grammar schools were better, ) Schools such as Eton and Harrow were awful places run for periods by sadistic psychopaths such as Dr Keate. In early Victorian times the schools were reformed and improved.
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