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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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‘The Monastic System is Getting on My Nerves.’ 1870–1902

‘The Monastic System is Getting on My Nerves.’ 1870–1902

(p.134) Chapter Five ‘The Monastic System is Getting on My Nerves.’ 1870–1902
The Old Boys

David Turner

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the British public school system from 1870 to 1902. By 1901, public schools had begun training pupils for traditional upper-class careers in the army, with training beginning to reach a high standard. Outside the military classes, the curriculum was also broader and more likely to be taught well. In reward for these reforms, the public school movement as a whole was thriving—with tens of thousands of pupils attending, instead of the few thousand of only a century before. Many of these pupils were girls, at institutions which shared at least some characteristics with their brothers' schools. There were, however, still weaknesses. Compared with grammar schools, the public schools were often weak in science. Boys were often bullied at both boarding and day schools. The reform of the public schools was also half-finished.

Keywords:   British public schools, public school education, educational reform, school reform, day schools, grammar schools, bullying

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