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The Old BoysThe Decline and Rise of the Public School$
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David Turner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300189926

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300189926.001.0001

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‘First-Character. Second-Physique. Third-Intelligence.’ 1828–1869

‘First-Character. Second-Physique. Third-Intelligence.’ 1828–1869

(p.91) Chapter Four ‘First-Character. Second-Physique. Third-Intelligence.’ 1828–1869
The Old Boys

David Turner

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the British public school system from 1828 to 1869. The early Victorian period was marked by the efforts of reformers to save the public school movement. Ultimately, the movement not only survived but thrived. The 1820s, 1830s and beginning of the 1840s saw the foundation of many of what are now the leading public day schools, including the Edinburgh Academy, University College School, King's College School and the City of London School. By the middle of the Victoria era, public schools had introduced an education system which both provided a more general education and allowed for specialization in a wider range than previously. Moreover, facilities were modernized, sport organized, and the prefect structure systematized. The result was, on balance, a less brutal form of schooling. After centuries of decline they were, at least, on the road to improvement.

Keywords:   British public schools, public school education, Victorian period, educational reform, public day schools, education system

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