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My likes and dislikes of Athenian education.

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Joshua Jepson Item No. 3 Dinnington Comprehensive School Deadline date: 16/5/03 My likes and dislikes of Athenian education In this assignment I am going to be discussing what I would like and dislike about Athenian education. Firstly I am going to discuss an Athenian girls education because there is quite little of it. Girls didn't go to school, they stayed at home with their mothers so they never learnt how to read or write. At home they would learn how to run the household and keep everything tidy. They would be taught how to do the cooking, spinning, weaving and supervision of the slaves. Personally I am not a girl but I still think that this is unfair and have an aversion to this because women should have equal rights as men like we have now, if they did go to school then the work load would be shared between men and women, furthermore women could go out and earn a living instead of having to live off of their husbands. Education for boys started at the age of about six or seven years old which is the equivalent of the age that we start primary school at the present. I wouldn't like to start school at this age because if you start school at a younger age or at three like we do now, you get used to school and learn the basics a little bit earlier so you are just that little bit more mature. ...read more.

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I really don't like their alphabet because some of the letters take longer to write and are just more complicated, but on the other hand if I had lived back then and had learnt that alphabet I would have found our alphabet very hard because it is what you get used to. Reading itself was also more difficult than today because there were no spaces between words and no punctuation. Personally I wouldn't have found this as hard as some others because I am a good reader, so this wouldnt really have bothered me. To keep in with the tradition you had to be able to sing, dance and play at least one instrument. They were allowed to try a double-flute (aulos), which looked like two recorders fastened together, one for each hand; or a set of pan pipes (syrinx), or a stringed instrument called a Kithara, which we call a Lyre. I wouldn't like to do this because I am not interested in playing instruments but it sounds good when they are played so they should have been allowed to decide whether they wanted to play one or not. Physical education played a big part in school life and out of school because fathers wanted their sons to be healthy and muscular; in-fact it was law to have your son do physical education and music. ...read more.

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Elementary or primary education finished at about fourteen years old. Poor families sent their sons off to earn a living. Rich families sent their sons off to secondary education until eighteen years old. This is a little bit like we have now, but now you have to get the right grades to be accepted into higher education. I think it was better back then where you had to be well off to get into higher education because if you are not so clever, you have got chance of getting into higher education. There were lectures in the gymnasiums (Palaistra) for wealthy young men to discuss points of interest. Some lecturers called "Sophists" gave talks in rich men's houses and took few students for high fees. This is the equivalent of our university but is more like having your own private tutor. At eighteen boys were registered in their parish or "Deme", as "Epheboi" (a word meaning young men). They had to spend the next two years in service before becoming a full citizen of the city-state. I don't like this because you should be able to become a full citizen of the city without going into service, what happens if you don't want to go into service? Do you just leave the city because you cant become a full citizen? I conclude this work by saying that I would rather stay at school where I am now because it was much harder back then. ...read more.

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