/ej'oo kay"sheuhn/, n.
1. the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
2. the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.
3. a degree, level, or kind of schooling: a university education.
4. the result produced by instruction, training, or study: to show one's education.
5. the science or art of teaching; pedagogics.
[1525-35; ( < MF) < L education- (s. of educatio), equiv. to educat(us) (see EDUCATE) + -ion- -ION]
Syn. 1. instruction, schooling, learning. EDUCATION, TRAINING imply a discipline and development by means of study and learning. EDUCATION is the development of the abilities of the mind (learning to know): a liberal education. TRAINING is practical education (learning to do) or practice, usually under supervision, in some art, trade, or profession: training in art, teacher training. 4. learning, knowledge, enlightenment.
EDUCATION, CULTURE are often used interchangeably to mean the results of schooling. EDUCATION, however, suggests chiefly the information acquired. CULTURE is a mode of thought and feeling encouraged by education. It suggests an aspiration toward, and an appreciation of high intellectual and esthetic ideals: The level of culture in a country depends upon the education of its people.

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Learning that takes place in schools or school-like environments (formal education) or in the world at large; the transmission of the values and accumulated knowledge of a society.

In developing cultures there is often little formal education; children learn from their environment and activities, and the adults around them act as teachers. In more complex societies, where there is more knowledge to be passed on, a more selective and efficient means of transmission
the school and teacher
becomes necessary. The content of formal education, its duration, and who receives it have varied widely from culture to culture and age to age, as has the philosophy of education. Some philosophers (e.g., John Locke) have seen individuals as blank slates onto which knowledge can be written. Others (e.g., Jean-Jacques Rousseau) have seen the innate human state as desirable in itself and therefore to be tampered with as little as possible, a view often taken in alternative education. See also behaviourism; John Dewey; elementary education; higher education; kindergarten; lyceum movement; progressive education; public school; special education; teaching.
(as used in expressions)
Brook Farm Institute of Agriculture and Education
education philosophy of
primary education

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▪ 2009


Primary and Secondary Education
      The Global Monitoring Report issued by UNESCO in 2008 reported progress toward the worldwide goal, adopted in 2000, of universal free and compulsory primary education by 2015. The agency found that more children were starting primary school than ever before and that the number of out-of-school children dropped sharply from 96 million in 1999 to 72 million in 2005. “At this midway point, our assessment leans towards the positive but much more remains to be done if the goals are to be met by their target date,” said Nicholas Burnett, UNESCO assistant director general for education.

      Even regions that had the smallest proportions of their children in school— sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and West Asia—made progress. From 1999 to 2005 countries in sub-Saharan Africa increased their primary-school enrollment by 36%, and countries in South and West Asia enrolled an additional 22% of their children in school. Unfortunately, sub-Saharan enrollment declined when in October 2008 the government of Zimbabwe announced that it had closed its schools to 4.5 million students.

      Achieving gender parity in education was another of the goals of UNESCO. The 2008 report established that 63% of the world's countries enrolled equal numbers of boys and girls at the primary level, including Ghana, Senegal, Malawi, Mauritania, and Uganda. At the secondary level, 37% of the countries enrolled equal numbers of boys and girls; Bolivia, Peru, and Vietnam made the list for the first time. Although UNESCO projected that roughly half of countries would miss the target of gender parity by 2015, the agency noted that in parts of the Americas and Western Europe, fewer boys than girls were enrolled in secondary schools.

 The education of girls remained problematic in parts of the Islamic world. According to the UNESCO report, girls made up 60% of the out-of-school group in the Arab states, and they accounted for 66% of those who were not enrolled in South and West Asia. Coincidentally, after the report was issued, attacks were mounted against schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, particularly those in which girls were enrolled; the aggression appeared to be the work of radical Islamists who vehemently opposed the education of girls. In the same region, support for the education of girls was demonstrated in several efforts that were publicized during 2008. The much-translated worldwide best-selling book Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Relin, told the story of Mortenson, a mountaineer whose life was saved by impoverished Pakistani tribesmen. In gratitude he began building schools, eventually establishing dozens. Another effort to educate poor Pakistani boys and girls in a number of schools was reported in a New York Times story about a Turkish foundation that aimed to demonstrate that schooling could preserve Islamic values while embracing Western science.

      Questions of how to expand access to education and to what extent to accommodate cultural differences in government schools continued to challenge a number of countries. In southern Wales in July, for example, the British High Court ruled in favour of a Sikh teenager who had been suspended from school for wearing a kara, an arm bangle required of adherents to the faith, in violation of the school's policy against jewelry.

      In May the Slovak legislature passed a law expressly prohibiting discrimination and segregation in education. Shortly thereafter, however, Amnesty International (AI) reported that Roma (Gypsy) children continued to be separated from other children, primarily by being placed in schools that offered a simplified curriculum for children with cognitive disabilities. (An estimated 80% of the country's special-school population was Roma, although the group made up only about 10% of the entire population.) AI, in reporting that many of the Roma students were not assessed for disabilities nor had their parents given informed consent for the school placement, called on the Slovak government to end its discrimination against Roma children. Other European countries had smaller Roma minorities than Slovakia, but they also discriminated against the Roma in schools.

      In February the Australian government apologized to its Aboriginal population for having continued the practice through much of the 20th century of taking children from their own families and sending them to live with white families. Taking a cue from Australia, the Canadian government formally apologized in June for having segregated—in the interest of assimilation—about 150,000 native children in church-operated residential schools far from their homes; the policy was perpetuated from the late 19th century until, in a few cases, the 1990s. Canada began financial reparations and instituted a formal truth and reconciliation commission to evaluate past abusive treatment of the children.

      In India the issue of access to schooling was hotly debated as the legislature considered a right to education bill that would, among other measures, require all private and independent schools to reserve 25% of their seats for poor children from their neighbourhoods. That mandate was opposed by the private school lobby. Another issue addressed by the Indian bill was the quality of teaching, particularly as it related to the use of low-paid and often unqualified contract teachers who made up a large part of the teaching force. The bill required that all teachers be qualified and salaried. The bill appeared set for passage after gaining the approval of a group of ministers charged with reviewing it and after being cleared in late October by the Indian cabinet.

      The UNESCO report (see above) found that upwards of 50% of the teaching force in sub-Saharan Africa consisted of such contract teachers. UNESCO also reported that 18 million new primary-school teachers would be needed by 2015. Governments around the world were paying more attention to the quality of instruction—not only teaching but also curriculum, materials, and governance.

      In December 2007 the results of the 2006 PISA ( Program for International Student Assessment), given to 400,000 15-year-olds in 57 jurisdictions, were released. The literacy tests for reading, mathematics, and science, as well as more general competencies, were administered every three years beginning in 2000 by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. As in earlier administrations, students in Finland ranked first in 2006 in using information to solve problems. As a result, delegations from 50 countries headed to Finnish schools to study their methods. According to one principal interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, “We don't have oil or other riches. Knowledge is the thing Finnish people have.”

      PISA's report also described the ways in which participating countries' education systems differed. Educators worldwide debated whether Finland's success was derived from applying national standards to all students, from maintaining a high-quality corps of teachers, or from granting principals autonomous control of school budgets. In addition, the PISA report noted that countries that separated students into different academic tracks before age 15 tended to have greater disparities of achievement between students from different socioeconomic groups while faring no better overall on the exams. Prompted by that finding, which had been noted in earlier PISA reports as well, Poland raised by a year (between the 2000 and 2003 PISA test administrations) the age at which academic segregation took place. National average test scores rose, and much of the improvement came among lower-performing students.

      Because of the improvement, Poland outperformed the United States for the first time. The relative position of the United States was one of the concerns Americans expressed in the national debate on how to improve schools. The matter became more urgent as the federal government began requiring high schools to report graduation data in a new way—i.e., based on how many of the students who began high school finished four years later. According to the new calculations, U.S. schools graduated only 70% of their students in the standard number of years; by previous methods, estimates had been greater than 85%. Because graduation rates in other countries increased, the new figures meant that the United States had dropped in yet another international ranking: percentage of population completing secondary education.

      U.S. federal education policy continued to spark controversy—particularly the effort to hold primary and secondary schools accountable for their results on achievement tests, as called for in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (which was first passed in 1965 and was revised and reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act [NCLB] of 2001). The nonpartisan Center for Educational Progress reported that since the passage of NCLB, aggregate reading and mathematics achievement scores had increased modestly and the enduring difference in scores between middle-class white students and low-income and African American students had narrowed somewhat. Although the act's Democratic cosponsors, Rep. George Miller of California and Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, had vowed to renew the bill in 2008, the likelihood of further action diminished as the U.S. presidential campaign took the stage and as it was discovered that Senator Kennedy had a brain tumour. A group that called itself Ed in '08 (funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation) paid for public-service announcements to publicize the country's loss of position internationally, hoping to keep education in the forefront as an issue in the election season, but other matters captured voters' attention.

Higher Education
      Higher education in the United States continued to thrive and to garner enormous respect internationally. The endowments in early 2008 of 136 institutions totaled $1 billion or more, and tuitions continued to rise faster than the rate of inflation. The U.S. Congress took notice of the disparity between some universities' vast resources and the difficulty families had in keeping up with tuition costs.

      U.S. students borrowed from private lenders even when lower-cost federal loans were available, a situation that led to investigations by the U.S. Congress and the attorney general of New York state. In some cases it appeared that lenders provided payments or other benefits to the colleges or college administrators in exchange for steering students their way. In its reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, Congress incorporated a strict code of conduct for institutions, as well as a requirement for more transparency in the student-loan process. The law also increased federal tuition aid to low-income students.

      According to the Institute of International Education, enrollment by international students in U.S. colleges and universities finally rose after a sharp decline following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. In a report issued in late 2007, the institute said that international enrollment had expanded by 3% in the 2006–07 school year, to a total of 582,984. The largest number of international students were enrolled at the University of Southern California, with 7,115, and Columbia University (New York City), with 5,937. India and China sent the most students to the United States—almost 84,000 and 68,000, respectively. Enrollment from the Middle East grew by 25%, driven in part by a large increase to 7,886 students from Saudi Arabia, which in 2005 had launched a government scholarship program to help students study abroad.

      The Saudi government announced additional partnerships with three major U.S. universities to help staff the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Kaust), a graduate-level research university set to open in 2009 with a $10 billion endowment. The mechanical engineering department at the University of California, Berkeley, the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University, and the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin announced that they would develop curriculum and choose faculty for Kaust. Each of the American universities would receive $10 million for research at its home campus, $5 million for research at Kaust, and another $10 million in unrestricted funds. Albert Pisano, the chair of Berkeley's mechanical engineering department, told the New York Times, “We're going to work on projects that are good for the Middle East and for California, like energy sources beyond petroleum, improved water desalination, and solar energy in the desert.”

      Kaust, a self-styled “new paradigm” in education, brought together prominent scientists from major institutions around the world to produce research and train the next generation of scientists, not only from Saudi Arabia but worldwide. It remained unclear whether women and Jews would feel comfortable working and studying in Saudi Arabia, although the country's restrictions, especially those pertaining to the movements of women, were not expected to apply in the new campus city being built by the Red Sea.

      Other Middle Eastern countries also reached out to U.S. and other universities, partly in response to a 2003 report by the United Nations Development Programme, Building a Knowledge Society, which identified the region's “knowledge deficit” as a barrier to progress. Cornell University (based in Ithaca, N.Y.) graduated its first Qatar-trained physicians in 2008, and Virginia Commonwealth University's satellite campus in Qatar, which had been open only to women, admitted its first men. Both branches, along with outposts of Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh), and Texas A&M University (College Station), were part of Education City, a 1,012-ha (2,500-ac) campus near Doha that was entirely supported by the Qatari government. (In addition, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., announced plans to begin a journalism program there.) In Dubai, Michigan State University and Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology opened campuses in the fall of 2008.

       Turkey was in turmoil for much of the year as the officially secular country and newly powerful Islamist political parties struggled over church-state issues. In February the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) passed legislation that overturned a ban on the wearing of head scarves on public university campuses; the law was later reversed by the Constitutional Court. In March the state prosecutor indicted the AKP for violating the country's commitment to secularism. Turkey's Constitutional Court declined to ban the AKP, but it did affirm the principles of secularism. The ruling permitted all sides to claim some piece of victory. (See Special Report (Turkey's Secular/Islamic Conundrum ) on page 190.)

      International efforts toward standardization in postsecondary education expanded in 2008. Originally, an initiative of the European Union known as the Bologna Process was intended to make credentials interchangeable among European countries. Asian countries joined in 2008, and comparable projects were undertaken in Canada, Australia, Latin America, and Africa. Vocational education and training were the next area to be addressed in the EU, and in 2008 the EU proposed a credit system that would recognize Europeans' knowledge and skills in a standard way. Other work in the EU focused on setting standards for transferable credits in universities so that students and scholars could gain more freedom to move.

Karin Chenoweth

▪ 2008

Concerns in education in 2007 often crossed national boundaries: high-stakes achievement testing in primary schools remained controversial; officials in Japan, Israel, Russia, and the United States addressed questions pertaining to national history; European and Russian postsecondary institutions were further reformed; and academic freedom saw more limits imposed worldwide.

Primary and Secondary Education
 A UNICEF study of children's well-being in 21 industrialized nations compared six aspects of childhood: educational well-being, health and safety, material well-being, family and peer relationships, behaviours and risks, and subjective well-being; ratings on the six dimensions were combined to produce a single well-being score. In descending order, the five countries with the best scores were The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Spain; the five with the worst scores were Portugal, Austria, Hungary, the U.S., and the U.K.

      In UNESCO math and language tests administered to third and fourth graders in 13 Latin American countries, pupils in Cuba's lowest-income schools scored higher than most upper-middle-class students in the 12 other countries. Analyst Martin Carnoy of Stanford University speculated that the Cuban government's “social controls are not compatible with individual adult liberties, but they do assure that lower income children live in crime-free environments, are able to study in classrooms with few student-initiated disturbances, and attend schools that are more socially mixed.”

       U.S. Pres. George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) nationwide educational initiative entered its sixth year, and Congress debated reauthorizing legislation. Critics cited numerous weaknesses in the program, including: (a) dependence on a single annual test as the entire measure of students' progress, (b) flaws in methods of setting schools' mandatory achievement goals, (c) the use of testing to label schools as failing, (d) lack of adequate funding, (e) the disregard of special needs such as learning disabilities and limited English, and (f) unconstitutional interference by the federal government in the states' sphere. During the final months of 2007, members of Congress introduced more than 100 bills designed to correct the NCLB's shortcomings.

      The continuing effort to improve American high schools by dividing large ones into small ones (400 or fewer students) was not yet fully successful. The small-school movement was led by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which contributed $1.4 billion to more than 2,000 high schools between 1999 and 2007. In some of the newly constituted small schools, the teacher-student relationship improved, but in others—particularly those housed together in a large building—students found themselves in environments that lacked diversity in ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or academic level.

       India became the world's leading source of academic coaching by offering high-quality tutoring over the Internet at low cost. TutorVista, a typical India-based tutoring business, began with one teacher and one student in 2005 and had grown to 500 teachers and more than 2,000 students in 12 countries by early 2007. Its reported earnings in 2006 were $15 million, and the business was expected to continue its rapid growth.

      The Japanese government revised the country's main education law, which had been written in 1947 under the guidance of U.S. occupation forces. The revision directed schools “to cultivate an attitude that respects tradition and culture, that loves the nation and home country.” An opinion survey reported that 67% of the public approved of the revision and 29% did not. Supporters hailed the change as building national pride, bolstering Japan's international military role, and easing the country's shame for World War II atrocities. Critics feared, however, that the revision would reignite the spirit of the wartime education system, which had centred on training students to support the country's imperial ambitions. In keeping with the new policy, the Japanese Education Ministry initially asked the publishers of high-school history textbooks to expunge references to the Japanese army's practice during World War II of forcing citizens of Okinawa to kill themselves rather than be taken as prisoners-of-war; when the legislature in Okinawa objected to the omission, the ministry softened its stance.

      Controversies over textbooks arose in other countries as well. For the first time in the 59-year history of Israel, a textbook for Palestinian third-graders—Living Together in Israel—acknowledged that warfare during the creation of the Jewish state in 1948 had been a tragedy for Palestinians. Politically conservative Jews condemned the book while praising the texts used in Israel's Jewish schools, which omitted mention of the war's effect on Palestinians. In the United States, Sikh clerics added their voices to the chorus of Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu complaints about allegedly inaccurate portrayals of their religions in social-studies textbooks adopted in California. The Sikhs particularly objected to illustrations that showed their faith's founder, Guru Nanak, wearing a golden crown and a closely cropped beard rather than a turban and a full beard.

      An increasingly active role for religion in public schools was fostered in Texas, where legislators passed a bill expanding students' right to openly express their religious beliefs. The lawmakers also inserted a mention of God into the Texas pledge of allegiance recited by students. In Georgia, following legislation in 2006, a few school districts began offering Bible classes in public high schools; similar laws were under consideration in Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas.

      In Russia instruction in the traditions, liturgy, and saints of the Russian Orthodox Church returned to public schools for the first time since the suppression of the church under communism; there were, however, objections from the substantial Muslim and secular communities in the country.

      State governments in Germany were criticized for failing to provide adequate instruction in the native languages of the country's large immigrant population, contrary to the European Union's emphasis on linguistic pluralism. A developmental psychologist charged, “It's a fundamental problem that Germany doesn't first strengthen a child's mother language and culture, and then push learning German from that point on.”

      Methods for curbing student misconduct were adopted in many countries. Although most schools in the U.S. had banned the presence of cell phones in test sessions to prevent test takers from receiving answers from friends, some students found a new way to cheat (and administrators made further attempts to stop the cheating) by sneaking in banned personal media players—such as iPods and Zunes—that allowed them to listen surreptitiously to stored test answers. The Chinese government installed an elaborate system of surveillance cameras and mobile-phone detectors to reduce cheating on the national college entrance exam. A teachers union in Northern Ireland urged the creation of self-defense classes for teachers who were forced to cope with increasingly disruptive student behaviour.

       Bullying—either in person or via the Internet—became a criminal offense in Ontario when the legislature passed an antibullying law as part of the province's Safe Schools Act. Japan's Education Ministry sent materials that described techniques for coping with bullying to administrators in the country's secondary schools. An Australian court, satisfied that a school had ignored complaints, awarded record-high damages of $A 220,000 (about U.S.$198,000) plus weekly earnings for life to an 18-year-old boy who had been bullied incessantly in primary school and consequently developed severe emotional and physical problems. South Korea's minister of education introduced a plan to reduce bullying by authorizing citizens to request protection for children on school trips; for certain schools special police officers would be assigned to monitor behaviour, teachers would receive extra training for emergencies, and violent children would attend special after-school classes.

       Drug abuse continued to be a problem for schools. Increasing numbers of teenagers were using over-the-counter cough medicines to get high. The cough medicines' active ingredient—dextromethorphan (DXM)—could be ingested in large amounts to produce hallucinations and other intense effects; side effects could include high blood pressure, blurred vision, disorientation, and loss of motor control. In addition, more youths abused such prescription drugs as hydrocodone and methadone, mistakenly believing that those medications were safer than street drugs. Girls outnumbered boys among those who were misusing household products, such as aerosol sprays, as inhalants to achieve a euphoric sensation. In support of schools' antidrug campaigns—and to the dismay of many free-speech advocates—the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that school officials could ban the display of slogans that could be construed as endorsing drug abuse.

      Thirteen studies of sex education in the U.S. reported that the federal government's Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) plan failed to deter young people from engaging in premarital intercourse. The CBAE program in 2007 provided $113.4 million to groups that taught abstinence as the sole acceptable method of birth control. Critics of the plan recommended that sex education include instruction about other modes of birth control and disease prevention in addition to abstinence, such as the use of condoms. In response to the research results, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations recommended a drastic reduction in CBAE funds. Joe Solmonese, president of the antidiscrimation organization the Human Rights Campaign, said, “We applaud [the committee] for listening to the overwhelming evidence that these programs are ineffective and based on narrow right-wing ideology.”

Higher Education
 Education ministers from 46 European countries met in London to assess progress toward the 2010 goal of synchronizing the nations' degree-granting programs so that students and faculty members could transfer easily from one institution to another. A survey of 900 universities reported that 82% had reached that goal by 2007. In an effort to raise confidence in the quality of Europe's higher education, the ministers agreed to establish a voluntary register of national accreditation agencies that met European standards.

      The annual rating of American higher-education institutions in the magazine U.S. News & World Report continued to meet resistance among many American university officials. More than 60 American liberal arts college presidents refused the request by U.S. News that they judge other colleges' reputations, although administrators of the highest-ranked colleges continued to submit reputation scores. Meanwhile, the ranking practice was spreading abroad; organizations in China, the U.K., and Germany, among other countries, conducted rating surveys. A study at Ireland's Dublin Institute of Technology surveyed 202 institutions around the world and found that many made changes specifically to raise their rankings.

      The Russian parliament approved a standardized nationwide college-entrance test to replace the high-school final exams and individual universities' admissions tests used since the early 1990s. The new test was expected to improve the chances for applicants from remote regions and from poor families to qualify for higher education. This new approach to testing was expected to reduce the system's corruption; for example, universities had typically required applicants to pay for supplementary tutoring in connection with their entrance exams. Also in Russia, nearly 500 foreign students at a leading Moscow university were warned to stay in their dormitories during the days leading to Adolf Hitler's birthday, April 20, because neo-Nazis commemorating that event had in the past attacked foreigners in apparent hate crimes.

       Saudi Arabia sought to strengthen its education system by setting aside a record $14.93 billion for higher education. The government planned to open 11 new applied-science universities, adding to the 110 recently established postsecondary institutions. Over a four-year period, applications rose from 68,000 to 110,000.

      Enrollment problems plagued institutions in Greece, Iraq, Australia, several African countries, China, and Japan. Greek universities were forced by the Education Ministry's policies to take twice as many students as they were prepared to serve. In Iraq more than 1,000 university students fled from embattled cities in the south to enroll in a Kurdish university in the north, where authorities were obliged to rent quarters for the refugees and to offer special classes in the Kurdish language for the Arabic-speaking newcomers. Although more Australian students than ever before were studying abroad, some university programs were oversubscribed while others closed for lack of students. Senegal—and other African countries where world-class universities had been built in the 1960s in the flush of postcolonial optimism and investment—faced the disintegration of institutions under the weight of burgeoning population and a lack of funding. Chinese officials were distressed to learn that about 40% of the country's most-gifted college students chose to pursue their postgraduate studies overseas. In Japan postsecondary institutions competing for a decreasing number of students sought to increase their appeal by adding attractive new living quarters or turning to specialized curricula.

      Financially well-endowed American universities entered 2007 in a strong economic condition after a record year of fund-raising. The 10 institutions that received the largest amounts (in millions of dollars) from alumni, corporations, and foundations in 2006 were: Stanford University, $911; Harvard University, $595; Yale University, $433; University of Pennsylvania, $409; Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $406; University of Southern California, $406; Columbia University, New York City, $377; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., $377; Duke University, Durham, N.C., $332; and University of Wisconsin–Madison, $326.

      Investigators in the United States exposed corruption in the country's $85 billion student-loan industry by identifying university officials who owned stock in loan companies and were paid for advising students to borrow from those companies. Six major universities agreed to reimburse students $3.27 million for inflated loans that had resulted from revenue-sharing agreements between the loan companies and university officials. Many other universities launched internal investigations in the wake of the discoveries.

      Increasingly in the United States, women were named to top positions at major universities. With the installation of Drew Gilpin Faust (Faust, Drew Gilpin ) as the first woman to become president of Harvard, four of the eight prestigious Ivy League schools had female presidents.

      Issues of academic freedom were a concern in the dismissal of faculty members in Sweden, Jordan, and South Africa. Two veteran professors—a Russian and a German—were discharged from Sweden's Uppsala University for having created discord between faculty members in a society in which workplace harmony was protected by law.

      Al-Zarqa (Jordan) Private University dismissed 14 Islamist professors, most of them members of the Muslim Brotherhood, who had severely criticized the Jordanian government. Al-Zarqa's president, Adnan Nayfeh, denied charges that the firings had been politically motivated, saying, “I was hired to do the best things for students and for the academics at the university, and it was time to get some new blood.”

       South African universities adopted tactics to stifle criticism of administrative polices. The University of KwaZulu-Natal was at the forefront of a growing movement of repression; two professors were discharged for having damaged the reputation of the university because they criticized administrative practices in the public press. KwaZulu-Natal administrators also drafted a plan that gave the university broad powers to intercept staff and student e-mail messages.

R. Murray Thomas

▪ 2007

      At the forefront of educational issues in 2006 were the tweaking of the U.S. government's No Child Left Behind educational program; the marked disparity in immigrants' achievement testing compared with native students, notably in Western Europe; the torching by Taliban rebels of hundreds of schools in Afghanistan; an effort to standardize higher education in the European Union; and the rapid increase worldwide in the study of Mandarin Chinese.

Primary and Secondary Education
      With few exceptions, immigrant students lagged behind their native-born classmates in mathematics achievement in a 17-country study conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Scores for 15-year-olds on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) math exam showed that in most countries one-fourth or more of immigrant students failed to score high enough to reach basic proficiency. The greatest disparity between newcomers and native students appeared in European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. In contrast, immigrants performed as well as their native counterparts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Macau. First-generation students in the United States trailed their native peers by an average of six months to one year. Immigrant students fared best in countries that offered recent arrivals systematic help with the schools' language of instruction.

      In the fifth year of U.S. Pres. George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind nationwide education initiative, minor changes were introduced to combat criticism that NCLB had failed to recognize the diversity of the nation's public schools. Pilot programs in several states replaced a one-size-fits-all student-achievement standard with a “growth” standard that measured students' progress by how much they had advanced over their own previous year's record. Broader interpretations of teacher qualifications were also permitted, and rules about tutoring were relaxed to allow more pupils to receive special help without having to transfer to other schools. A study covering 25 states concluded that the NCLB program's high-stakes testing had done little to improve students' achievement and had resulted in higher high-school dropout rates. In a national survey of adults who said they were familiar with the NCLB plan, 37% of them believed it had no effect on public schools, and 31% thought it actually hurt schools.

      Many large general-education American high schools were being converted into smaller specialized units that focused on themes—math and science, visual arts, engineering, social justice, performing arts, business, languages, health sciences, culinary arts, tourism, and more. The attempt to change high schools was partly motivated by research that revealed increased dropout rates in large schools during recent years. New York City added 36 small schools in 2006. Philadelphia's 38 large high schools in 2003 were scheduled to evolve into 66 smaller ones by 2008. The downsizing movement was a cooperative venture of public and private sponsors, with Microsoft's Bill and Melinda Gates (Gates, Bill and Melinda ) Foundation providing more than $1 billion to public-school districts. (See Biographies.) The results of the small-school trend were mixed. For example, a study of Chicago's 23 new small high schools showed that student attendance rose and fewer students dropped out, but test scores did not improve.

      American parents and school personnel worried about the increasing number of students engaging in huffing and choking. Huffing involved youths' seeking a euphoric sensation by inhaling the fumes of aerosol air fresheners, canned whipped cream, felt-tip markers, or cleaning products. The choking game—also known as “space monkey” and “flatline”—consisted of teens' cutting off oxygen to the brain by throttling themselves with belts or ropes, choking each other with bare hands, or pulling plastic bags over their heads until they nearly passed out. The intent was to produce a fleeting “high” sensation. Both huffing and choking could result in brain damage and death.

      The $2.5 billion tutoring business in the United States began including preschool children in order to prepare them for the primary grades' increasingly higher academic demands. During 2005–06 the nationwide tutoring firm Sylvan Learning Centers included prekindergarten literacy tutoring in all of its 1,200 centres, while Score! Educational Centers introduced early-literacy programs in its 143 tutoring facilities. Child-development specialists warned, however, that high-pressure tutoring for young children could do more harm than good. David Elkind of Tufts University, Medford, Mass., noted that preschool tutoring “is a moneymaking thing that builds on parental anxieties, with no research support.”

      The U.S. government's direct aid to schools in Iraq ended in June. Since spring 2003 the United States had financed workshops for teachers, school repairs, pupils' supplies, and the printing of textbooks. The only remaining educational aid in 2007–08 would be $100 million to upgrade the management capabilities of the Iraqi Ministry of Education and its branches.

      In Afghanistan, Taliban rebels burned more than 120 schools and forced 200 others to close by threatening teachers and students; 200,000 children were thereby left without a chance to continue their education. Attacks on schools were aimed chiefly at eliminating girls' learning opportunities and at frightening the leaders of the country's fledgling democratic government.

      Observers of Pakistan's thousands of private Islamic religious schools—madrassas—concluded that Pres. Pervez Musharraf's attempt to control the schools' curricula and to expel foreign students had failed. Ever since the 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S., governments in the U.S. and Europe had claimed that madrassas bred terrorists, and they pressed the Pakistan government to curb madrassas' anti-Western jihad teaching but with no apparent success.

      A constitutional amendment required India's private schools, traditionally attended by students from the middle and upper social classes, to provide more than a quarter of their places for children of the “untouchable” lower caste, or Dalits, and other socially disadvantaged groups. An estimated 113 million children between the ages of 6 and 14 would thus be eligible for reserved seats in private schools. At the same time, the government proposed to increase the proportion of lower-caste Hindus in publicly financed higher-education institutions from 22.5% to 27%, effective June 1, 2007. Students across the nation protested the change, claiming that highly qualified non-Dalits would be denied advanced education and that academic standards would decline. India's Supreme Court asked the government for details of the plan, including how to identify which students belonged in the “other backward castes” category.

      Increasing nationalism in Japan resulted in the cabinet's authorizing a change in the fundamental education law to emphasize teaching “an attitude that respects tradition and culture and loves the nation and homeland that have fostered them.” The change was urged by conservatives who wanted more patriotism in schools, but it was opposed by groups that feared the return of the militarism that had led to Japan's occupying Korea and parts of China in the decades before World War II. At the same time, the nation's Supreme Court upheld the right of the Ministry of Education to censor textbooks, a ruling that followed the ministry's publishing a list of approved history texts that sanitized Japanese atrocities committed in China and Korea.

      In a departure from communist tradition, new history textbooks for high-school seniors in Shanghai replaced descriptions of dynastic change, peasant struggle, social-class conflict, ethnic rivalry, and wars with chapters on economic growth, innovation, foreign trade, political stability, respect for diverse cultures, and social harmony. Socialism was reduced to one brief chapter, and Mao Zedong was mentioned only once, in a note about etiquette. The textbooks reflected officials' desire to suggest that China across the centuries favoured innovation, technology, and trade relationships with the rest of the world.

 China's effort to export Mandarin Chinese, the nation's main language, gained increasing support throughout the world. Chinese officials hoped that the number of people studying Mandarin—34 million in 2006—would reach 100 million by 2010. Beginning in 2004, China's Education Ministry opened language centres (Confucian Institutes) in more than 20 countries, including South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Sweden, and Kenya. In 2006 thousands of Thailand's schools introduced Chinese-language classes with the intention of enrolling 30% of all high-school students by 2011. The number of students in the United States studying Chinese rose to 24,000, with such cities as Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, and Boston having introduced Mandarin courses.

      An estimated 700,000 high-school students in Chile forced educational change by marching in the streets and occupying schools for three weeks in what they called the Penguin Revolution, so named for the students' white-on-black school uniforms. The demonstrators won $200 million in new government spending on schools, as well as representation on a council assigned to propose sweeping educational reforms.

      In Bolivia, where Roman Catholicism had been the official religion since the country's founding in 1825, Catholic leaders vehemently objected to Education Minister Feliz Patzi's plan to eliminate religious education from the nation's schools. Patzi said that making the schools secular meant that “there is no monopoly on religious teaching…no indoctrination.” In response, Sebastián Obermaier, a Catholic priest famous for his social work, demanded Patzi's resignation, charging that Patzi was trying to “destroy the church, destroy faith, destroy the people's morals.” Patzi replied that the nation's private schools should teach the same courses as public schools in order to “decolonize education” and do away with “caste and race privileges.”

      An investigation in Ireland that exposed the sexual molestation of pupils by priests prompted some members of the parliament to demand that the formal ties between the government and the Roman Catholic Church be severed. The exposé led the justice minister to promise new child-protection laws and an inquiry into how the church had dealt with abuse cases. Because most schools in Ireland were operated by the Catholic Church, victims of abuse had found it difficult in the past to bring their plight to public attention. Furthermore, public health officials had often failed to pursue accusations of abuse. This new report, compiled under the direction of a former Supreme Court judge, provided the parliament and the general public the first official account of this abuse.

      The PISA test results from 2000 had shaken Germany's traditional pride in the quality of its public schools. The international survey had showed German students ranking 22nd in reading, 21st in math, and 21st in science of 32 countries that participated. German students were far behind those in Britain, Japan, and much of continental Europe. One consequence of the dismal performance was a marked increase in parents' enrolling their children in private schools. Between 1995 and 2006, private- school attendance rose 25%, with many children still on waiting lists. An estimated one-quarter of German parents favoured having their children in a private school if a place was available. Even with the recent heightened interest in nonpublic schooling, only 6% of German schools were private, compared with 60% in Belgium, 30% in Spain, and 25% in France.

Higher Education
      The effort of the European Union to unify programs and degrees across Europe centred on the Bologna Process, a plan endorsed by 45 countries, including 20 Central and Eastern European countries outside the EU. The scheme aimed at improving students' ability to transfer credits and degrees across the continent. Among the plan's features was the universal adoption of three-year bachelor's degrees and two-year master's degrees.

      At an increasing rate, high-school graduates throughout the world consulted published rankings of higher-education institutions when selecting a college to attend. In an effort to improve the quality of such rankings, 47 representatives of a dozen nations met in Germany to produce guidelines for the creators of rating systems. The guidelines emphasized the need to recognize the diversity of institutions and their missions, explain the criteria used for assessing institutions (such as graduation rates, student-faculty ratios, entrance-examination scores), and tell how different criteria were weighted.

       Women in American universities surpassed men in earning bachelor's degrees in biological science, business, social science, history, education, psychology, and health professions. Women also gained ground in such male-dominated areas as math, physics, and agriculture. Such progress was part of the trend since 1978 of more women than men enrolling in American colleges.

      The explosive increase of scientific data produced by computers and the Internet continued to overwhelm scholars' ability to organize, coordinate, and interpret the flood of information being generated. As a result, scientists and librarians joined in an effort to create schemes for cataloguing scientific methods, theories, experiments, and results in a way that scholars could readily locate and understand data pertinent to their current interests. Promising progress toward that goal was reported in 2006 at such American institutions as Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.; and the University of Wales in Aberystwyth.

      A pair of 2006 incidents in the U.S. stimulated debate over government censorship of library materials. One incident involved the FBI's attempt to inspect and remove items from 200 boxes of documents offered to George Washington University from the files of Jack Anderson, an investigative newspaper columnist who died in 2005. Anderson's son sought to block the FBI effort on the grounds that such a move would “destroy any academic, scholarly and historic value” of the archive. The second incident resulted from an audit at the National Archives and Records Administration that revealed government agencies had since 1995 secretly removed more than 25,000 documents from the administration's collection. Items had also been taken from presidential libraries—134 from the Dwight D. Eisenhower library, 816 from the John F. Kennedy library, and 318 from the George H.W. Bush library. The three government units that most often withdrew documents were the CIA, the Department of Energy, and the U.S. Air Force.

      Concern over India's ability to keep up with the world's scientific development induced the Indian government to establish two new Institutes of Science Education and Research, each to enroll 2,055 students in programs focusing on physics, chemistry, mathematics, materials science, computer science, the environment, and earth-system sciences. The plan to found the two institutes grew out of a report that the nation's pure-science graduates were ill-prepared for the job market. Nearly 20% of science graduates and 14% of Ph.D.'s in science could not find jobs, despite the critical need for researchers.

      University officials in East Africa moved to curtail the operation of nonaccredited universities and of bogus institutions (“diploma mills”) that sold college degrees to applicants. The effort consisted of authorities in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda cooperating to tighten the oversight of institutions and to improve accreditation procedures. The rapid increase of nonaccredited colleges resulted from an unprecedented demand for higher-learning opportunities in East Africa. For example, during 2006 in Kenya, 50,000 applicants competed for 12,000 spaces in the nation's recognized public and private institutions, with the rejected applicants then enrolling in recently created nonaccredited schools and diploma mills.

      Academic inbreeding in Spain came under attack in a study issued by the nation's Higher Council of Scientific Investigations. Between 1997 and 2001, 96% of universities' tenured teaching openings were filled by people already on the staff, and 71% of appointees had earned their doctorates at those same institutions. Only 5% of lectureships were awarded to individuals who had published their first paper while employed at another institution, compared with 93% in the U.S., 83% in Britain, and 50% in France.

 In mid-March more than half of France's public universities closed as an estimated one million people—mostly students and union members—demonstrated in the streets against the government's new job law that made it easier for employers to hire and dismiss young workers. The legislation was intended to reduce high unemployment, especially among disadvantaged young people in the suburbs, but opponents saw the law as eroding employment benefits. It was later repealed. (See World Affairs: France.)

R. Murray Thomas

▪ 2006

IMPROVED national TEST SCORES in the U.S., a trend toward establishing small high schools, controversies over history TEXTBOOK CONTENT, discussion about the role of RELIGION in the classroom, rising university enrollments, and dominance by Finnish students in PISA TESTING were some of the highlights in education in 2005.

Primary and Secondary Education
      The highest reading and mathematics exam scores in 30 years were reported in 2005 for nine-year-old Americans in the National Assessment of Educational Progress testing program, known as the nation's report card. Math scores among 13-year-olds also reached their highest point in three decades. In addition, the gap narrowed between black and Hispanic pupils and their white age-mates. Analysts credited the improvement to school reforms introduced by the states over the past two decades. The greatest gains appeared in southern states that traditionally had lagged behind the rest of the nation. Reading and math scores of 17-year-olds remained essentially unchanged over the 30-year period. Pres. George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind education program was also cited as having had an influence on rising test scores. Sidebar.) (No Child Left Behind-a Progress Report )

      Efforts to improve American high schools focused chiefly on dividing large comprehensive schools into multiple small academies that specialized in such areas as fine arts, science, business, finance, leadership, theatre, engineering, communications, health sciences, and advanced college preparation. Nationwide, an estimated 1,400 small schools had recently been created. An important financial boost to the movement came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which had furnished $2.3 billion for various school-reform projects over the past several years. In another attempt to upgrade high schools, the governors of 13 states that enrolled 35% of the nation's students pledged to make core classes and tests more rigorous and to match graduation standards to the expectations of employers and colleges. Public support for such efforts was reflected in an opinion poll that found that only 9% of the American populace believed that high schools set high-enough academic expectations for students.

      By 2005 about half of U.S. states had adopted high-school exit exams that were used to determine if students deserved to graduate. The dual intent of the exams was to motivate students to study hard and to assure employers that graduates had adequate skills in the tested subjects. Critics, however, denounced such an evaluation system, which, regardless of the quality of the students' years of classroom performance, would deny them a diploma for failing multiple-choice tests in a limited set of subject fields (usually language and math).

      Conflicts over the content of history textbooks continued in Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Northern Ireland, Russia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Most confrontations concerned the question of how much of a nation's sordid past, in comparison with its glorious accomplishments, should be included for study. In an effort to enhance youths' sense of national pride, should Russian texts avoid mentioning the vicious treatment of minorities in Stalin's era? Should Japanese texts gloss over atrocities committed by soldiers in China and Korea? Should German texts downplay the Holocaust of Hitler's day? Should France's curricula ignore the French army's repressive tactics in North Africa during colonial times?

      Critics complained of religious bias in Jordanian and Pakistani public-school textbooks. Although Jordanian texts generally advocated tolerance toward other religions, debate continued over the support for jihad, the Islamic principle of waging holy war against non-Muslims. Pakistan's government-sanctioned textbooks for state schools were censured by foreign observers for including such passages as “ Islam preaches equality, brotherhood, and fraternity [whereas] the foundation of Hindu [society] is injustice and cruelty.”

      Attempts to renovate education in Iraq's 16,000 schools resulted in both success and failure. The U.S. Agency for International Development reported that it had built or refurbished 2,405 schools. Although textbooks were rewritten to expunge references to Saddam Hussein's fallen regime, the revised versions still included passages urging Iraqis to fight “against invasion and foreign powers.” The production of new civics books that promoted democracy was stalled by inaction in the highly centralized Ministry of Education, and the safety of students was threatened by street violence that caused many to avoid attending class.

      Following terrorist bombings in London, the British government rejected demands that the nation's five state-funded Muslim schools be closed. Instead, officials intended to increase the number of such schools to 150 in an effort to move thousands of Muslim children from independent Islamic schools into government-controlled mainstream education. Muslim schools would be offered the same voluntary-aided status held by almost 7,000 Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Jewish schools. Complaints that Muslim schools in the U.K. failed to teach tolerance of other faiths led the British Office of Standards in Education to inspect 50 Muslim schools and 40 evangelical Christian schools. Investigators discovered that a higher proportion of evangelical schools (43%) than Muslim schools (36%) were guilty of intolerance.

      In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast area in late August, thousands of American refugee students from the disaster area were enrolled in schools across the nation. Storm damage had left more than 135,000 children in Louisiana and 35,000 in Mississippi without a nearby school to attend.

      A South African research centre reported that while sub-Sahara African countries were moving slowly toward universal schooling, more than half of the region's 80 million children of primary-school age were still not in school. Enrollment in secondary schools in 22 countries was below 20%, while less than 10% of the workforce had a secondary-school education. In an effort to reduce the AIDS epidemic in Uganda, MP Sulaiman Madada offered to pay the university fees for girls who were virgins when they graduated from high school.

       French students organized massive street demonstrations to protest changes that Minister of Education François Fillon proposed for the traditional baccalaureate test (“le bac”), which for two centuries had been high-school graduates' passport to a university education. Faced with such furor, Fillon withdrew his proposal so that 634,168 high-school seniors in France and its overseas territories could sit for the exam, which annually confronted students with the analysis of complex philosophical issues; “le bac” dated back to Napoleon's time.

      Education officials in Finland credited the quality of the nation's teachers when Finnish 15-year-olds scored at the top in the PISA ( Programme for International Student Assessment) testing plan that compared educational achievement across 41 industrialized countries. The generally poor showing on PISA exams by students in Germany (ranked 25 out of the 41 countries) prompted the German government to extend the length of the school day and offer improved and expanded German-language instruction for immigrant children.

      The proper role of religion in schools concerned officials in Canada and the U.S. The government in Quebec gave church-sponsored schools three years to replace their religious curriculum with classes focusing on ethics and comparative religious cultures. In the U.S. more school districts considered supplementing the study of Darwin's theory of evolution with either biblical creationism (the belief that human life began as depicted in the Bible in the first chapter of Genesis) or creationism's recent modification— intelligent design (attributing life's beginning to an unidentified supreme being). Efforts to introduce such religion-based beliefs in science classes attracted increased attention after President Bush recommended adding intelligent design to science curricula. In December, however, a judge in Pennsylvania ruled that high-school biology teachers should not have been permitted to read a statement to students to the effect that intelligent design is an acceptable alternative theory to evolution.

      The use of computers as learning tools continued to expand. A survey in the U.S. showed that 67% of nursery-school children and 80% of kindergartners used computers at school, with 23% of children in nursery schools and 32% of those in kindergartens accessing the Internet. In higher grades the proportions of students using computers were 91% in grades 1–5, 95% in grades 6–8, and 97% in grades 9–12. Data from the PISA testing program showed, however, that the more time children spent on computers at home, the lower test scores they were likely to earn. Analysts estimated that much of the home time was spent on computer games and Internet chatting that contributed nothing toward test performance. In contrast to the PISA evidence, a study in the U.S. found that children with computers at home—but no television sets in their bedrooms—earned higher test scores.

      The damaging effects of excessive television viewing on school performance were assessed in a New Zealand long-term study; researchers found that the watching of TV for more than three hours daily by children and teens was strongly associated with their failure to finish high school.

      Problems caused by students' carrying cell phones motivated school officials to restrict or ban cell phone use. Teachers complained that mobile phones in classrooms diverted students from learning tasks and interrupted class sessions by ringing at inopportune times. In Britain 1,013 penalties were imposed on students who used cell phones inappropriately, a 16% increase over the previous year. More than 2,500 British students had their test scores reduced because they had cheated, with the 9% rise in cheating partly due to students' using mobile phones' text messaging features to seek answers from classmates. (See Computers and Information Systems: Sidebar. (Text Messaging: WAN2TLK? ))

      To cope with a shortage of teachers in the U.S., more than 1,000 schools imported more than 1,900 teachers from abroad, thereby continuing a recruiting practice that accounted for more than 10,000 foreign teachers in the country's public elementary and secondary schools and another 5,000 in charter and private schools.

Higher Education
      By 2005 more people worldwide were completing postsecondary schooling than ever before, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In the 30 OECD member nations, half of young adults attended some form of tertiary education, with an average of 32% completing a first-level university degree. The rate of enrollment varied across countries, ranging from below 20% in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland to 45% in Australia and Finland. Between 1995 and 2002, attendance in postsecondary education rose by more than 20% in Australia, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom and by more than 50% in the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, South Korea, and Poland.

      The number of students in colleges and universities outside their own country continued to grow. The figure of two million studying abroad in 2005 was expected to double by 2015 and double again by 2025. More Japanese universities opened offices in China to recruit students who could make up for the dwindling pool of university students in Japan, a result of a declining Japanese birthrate.

      Rising college costs increased the financial burden of British students. A study of 1,200 graduates in Britain found that 60% were still financially supported by their parents three years after graduation, with the situation expected to become worse after higher tuition costs (top-up fees) were imposed in 2006. In Britain's private schools a decline in students from China, Hong Kong, Russia, and the United States was blamed on the doubling of visa fees and an average tuition increase of 5.8%. To raise more operating funds, the University of Oxford planned to reduce the number of British students enrolled in order to admit more foreign students, who were charged tuition fees that were 10 times higher than those paid by British students. The plan drew a sharp response from members of Parliament, who argued that the large sums of taxpayers' money Oxford received obligated the university to give top priority to educating British youths rather than foreigners.

      A growing movement in American college libraries found reading rooms being emptied of books to make way for computers. At the University of Texas at Austin, 90,000 volumes in the undergraduate library were transferred to other libraries on the campus, leaving only 1,000 reference books in the resulting “information commons,” where students could download information from the Internet and work on multimedia projects under the guidance of Internet-wise librarians.

       China continued to achieve unprecedented growth in higher education. Between 1998 and 2005, college enrollment tripled to 20 million. Education officials predicted that by 2010 at least 20% of high-school graduates would be pursuing some form of tertiary education; that number was expected to reach 50% by 2050. Much of the enrollment growth was attributed to the recent creation of 1,300 private institutions. Though the Internet was credited with providing China's scholars a worldwide outlet for writings critical of conditions in their country, Chinese officials feared that such a channel for free speech would foment unrest. As a result, officials restricted Internet access to students and defined the research topics of dissident professors.

       Zimbabwe celebrated the 25th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule by noting several advances over the past quarter century: the number of the nation's universities had increased from one to 12, with enrollment rising from 1,000 students to 54,000; teacher-training colleges increased from one to 15, and enrollment expanded from 1,000 to 20,000 students; the number of technical colleges grew from 2 to 10, and student admissions rose from 2,000 to 15,000.

      The disastrous consequences of educated Africans' moving abroad was a key concern at an immigration conference in South Africa, where participants learned that an estimated 20,000 professionals had left the continent each year since 1990. Conference speakers noted that for the welfare of African societies, the time and money invested in the emigrants' schooling had been wasted.

      A report from Human Rights Watch criticized the Egyptian government for censoring reading lists in colleges, harassing student activists, and creating a harsh climate of repression that drastically restricted universities' teaching and research activities. The report not only condemned the state's repressive measures against Islamic student activists but also criticized Islamic activists' efforts to intimidate non-Muslim professors and students.

      In Mexico, as government funding of public universities stagnated, the nation's 1,500 private colleges and universities that had been founded in recent decades increased their enrollment from 1.3 million in 1993 to 2.5 million in 2005. Private institutions' share of the country's total number of students rose from 15% in 1985 to 33% in 2005 and was projected to reach 40% by 2010.

      The U.S. Department of Defense announced that it was compiling personal information about high-school and college students that would aid the department in recruiting youths for the armed forces. As the Iraq war dragged on, however, American college and high-school officials became increasingly reluctant to provide military recruiters access to student information on the grounds that sharing such information violated students' privacy rights.

 The use by U.S. colleges of American Indian peoples or personalities for athletic team names and mascots came under criticism as the National Collegiate Athletic Association asked 33 colleges to explain why their nicknames were not offensive to Native Americans.

      College officials in the U.S. worried about the accelerating pace of drinking on campuses. Researchers announced that fatal injuries related to alcohol rose from 1,500 in 1998 to more than 1,700 in 2001 among students aged 18–24. Over the same period, the number of students who drove cars under the influence of alcohol increased by half a million (2.3 million to 2.8 million), a trend that was apparently continuing through 2005.

R. Murray Thomas

▪ 2005

      Gender equality, childhood obesity, the role of religion and patriotism in schools, voucher programs, high dropout rates, rising textbook costs, the integration of 10 new European Union member states in the existing EU educational system, and the expansion of extension universities were some of the key concerns of educators in 2004.

Primary and Secondary Education
      By 2004, 52 of the 128 countries for which statistics were available had reached the goal to ensure that by 2005 the proportion of girls attending school would be the same as that of boys. A total of 164 governments at the 2000 World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, had endorsed the UNESCO initiative “ Gender and Education for All: The Leap to Equality.” Though the 76 remaining countries would miss the 2005 deadline, 22 of them were still on track to achieve parity at both the elementary- and secondary-school levels by 2015. There were 54 countries—many in sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia—that would not likely reach parity by 2015.

      Though the United States achieved a record enrollment of 74.6 million students, encompassing nursery school through college, Pres. George W. Bush's nationwide education program, “ No Child Left Behind,” completed its third year of operation with a mixture of successes and problems. Many schools improved student scores on reading and mathematics tests, and tutoring services were being provided for thousands of students who had performed poorly on tests. On the downside, the same achievement goal was set for all students, despite differences between them in ability, family background, and home language; subjects other than reading and mathematics were increasingly neglected; only 2% of students from schools with low test scores took advantage of the opportunity to move to higher-scoring schools; and more than 20 states denounced the program for being inadequately funded by the federal government.

      Alarmed by a rapid increase in childhood obesity, schools in various nations took steps to improve students' eating and exercise habits. In recent years the rise in students' consumption of junk foods (foods high in sugar and fat and low in nutritional value) had been accompanied by a decline in physical activity. As a result, more youths grew seriously overweight. A survey of 30,000 students in 15 industrialized countries revealed that the United States had a higher rate of teenage obesity than did the other 14 nations. Nearly 15% of 15-year-old Americans were obese, an increase from 5% in 1970. In addition, 31% of girls and 28% of boys were moderately overweight. This rise in obesity was paralleled by increased childhood diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. Other nations that ranked high in adolescent obesity were Greece, Portugal, Israel, Ireland, and Denmark. A study in Japan showed that the proportion of overweight sixth-grade boys rose from 6.7% in 1977 to 11.7% in 2002.

      Attempts to curb obesity included banning the sale of unhealthful foods at schools (e.g., sodas, candy, and potato chips), improving the quality of school lunches, teaching wholesome nutritional practices, and advocating more individual physical activities. The most controversial of these was the effort to eliminate the sale of carbonated drinks. School districts had often awarded contracts to soda distributors to sell soft drinks at schools in exchange for a share of the profits. Consequently, school officials often were unwilling to prohibit the sale of sodas at schools. For example, four Alabama high schools that had received $190,000 in a single year from soda sales would lose those funds if vending machines were outlawed. The problem was serious in other countries as well. In China between 1993 and 2004, the Coca-Cola Co. donated $4.2 million to charity projects, including college scholarships for rural students and funds for building 52 primary schools and more than 100 libraries.

      Controversies over religion and patriotism in schools continued in France, Italy, India, Japan, and the U.S. In both France and Italy, growing numbers of non-Christian residents challenged the continuation of Christian traditions in public schools. In France school authorities objected to female Islamic students' wearing head scarves, and the authorities claimed that such apparel represented a religious statement in secular public schools. Islamic leaders, representing France's five million Muslims, responded by charging that Catholic students were allowed to wear crosses. The National Assembly voted to ban Islamic head scarves, Jewish yarmulkes, large Christian crosses, and some other religious symbols in public schools. In 2003 an Islamic activist in Italy filed a lawsuit over the legality of the display of a Christian cross in the school that his two sons attended. When a judge ordered the crucifix removed, the matter became the focus of nationwide debate in Italy's secular but culturally Catholic society; a 1923 law still required public schools to exhibit a cross.

      In India the defeat in May of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by the United Progressive Alliance coalition led to the appointment of a panel of historians that was assigned to remove the pervasive discussion of Hindu culture, traditions, and values (such as using astrology to predict earthquakes and other natural disasters) that had been a part of secondary-school textbooks since 1998, when the BJP came to power.

       Japanese officials in March ordered the punishment of teachers who failed to stand during secondary-school graduation ceremonies for the singing of the anthem “Kimigayo” (“His Majesty's Reign”), which in 1999 had been declared by law to be the Japanese national anthem. The order was issued after some 200 teachers refused to stand and sing “Kimigayo” because they felt that the anthem and the national flag were too closely linked to Japan's traditional imperial system and militarist past. The teachers contended that the ruling unfairly restricted their constitutional freedom of thought and conscience.

      In the U.S. the question of whether the phrase “under God” could remain legally in the Pledge of Allegiance went unanswered. An atheist challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court the addition of that phrase, which Congress had added to the oath after the word nation in 1954, despite protests that it violated the principle of keeping religion out of public schooling. He claimed that his daughter's rights were being violated by her school's requirement that she include the “under God” portion of the oath. The court rejected the father's challenge, but only on the procedural grounds that he was not qualified to represent his daughter's welfare.

      The popularity of school-voucher programs in the U.S. increased as more students were awarded private or public funds to pay their way at a school of their choice, including private schools sponsored by religious orders. Whereas there was little or no opposition to privately funded vouchers, publicly financed voucher programs led to impassioned controversy; critics charged that such plans violated the nation's traditional separation of church and state. Proponents of financing vouchers with tax money won support for their cause in early 2004 when the Republican-controlled Congress approved a voucher plan for the District of Columbia. In addition, President Bush asked Congress to provide $50 million for a national pilot program that would allow children to attend private and religious schools at federal taxpayers' expense.

      As a step toward universal schooling in India, a three-and-a-half-year, $3.5 billion project aimed to reduce by at least nine million the number of children who were out of school, to narrow gender and social gaps, and to improve the quality of education. The ultimate goal of India's effort was to ensure that all children aged 6 to 14 had eight years of education. Though the number of out-of-school children had already been reduced from 39 million to 25 million between 1999 and 2003, India still accounted for one-fourth of the world's 104 million children not in school.

      Pupils' dropping out of school at an early age was cited as a factor contributing to nations' lagging behind in social and economic progress. The Mexican government reported that 300,000 children annually dropped out of school after the sixth grade. As a result, by age 14 the average Mexican student was no longer in school. Nearly one-third of 12th-year South Australian students left school without earning a graduation certificate, a fact that prompted educational planners to wonder if the certificate requirements were too strongly oriented toward university studies and thereby neglected skills useful in the nation's basic workforce. In India and Pakistan 50% of children dropped out of school before completing the fifth grade; enrollment for girls in Pakistan declined from 61% in primary school to 33% in middle school and to 20% in secondary school. Pressure on schools to earn high test-score results was cited as an important cause of dropouts in both the U.K. and the U.S. Observers suggested that a portion of the estimated 100,000 students who annually left British schools were “push-outs,” those whose poor test scores led school officials to either neglect or harass them until they dropped out. In Boston nearly 25% of high-school students departed without a diploma, and in North Carolina 20% of ninth graders left school poorly equipped to find satisfying employment in an increasingly high-tech economy.

      In Canada a lack of consistent upkeep was blamed for the crumbling of school buildings in Ontario that would require $4.2 billion for repair or replacement. Rioting students in Kenya continued to burn and demolish dozens of secondary schools, and authorities were unable to quell the rampage. The students' stated reasons for their behaviour ranged from claims of unfair disciplinary and testing practices to poor-quality meals. The tradition in Kenya's church-sponsored and public schools of assigning political appointees rather than professional educators as school principals was cited as one cause of the disorder.

      By 2004 at least 32 U.S. states had adopted aggressive antiharassment policies meant to prevent bullying and to provide intervention when it occurred. Studies showed that bullying, which tended to reach its peak in middle school and continue into high school, could not only make life miserable for the students being tormented but also drive some victims of harassment to retaliate in violent ways, such as by shooting schoolmates. The National Education Association estimated that 160,000 children missed school each day for fear of being tormented.

      A survey of 8,000 British teenagers showed that formal sex-education classes led by students resulted in more constructive attitudes toward sexual behaviour than did classes led by teachers. For example, students who had participated in peer-led sessions knew more about how to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections than did those who had been instructed by teachers. The research supported an earlier study's conclusion that sex education was too often taught by embarrassed teachers.

Higher Education
      Plans were set by the European Union's member states to include in their higher-education system the 10 additional nations that joined the Union in May—Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The EU's higher-education goal for 2010 was to have students move freely within a “single education market” composed of all 25 member states, pursuing courses that were compatible and degrees that were matched across Europe. By 2005 bachelor's and master's programs would be introduced throughout the EU and a uniform credit-point system established for university teaching. Implementation of the plan would first require that the 10 new members restructure their university policies and administrative practices.

      A study of education in advanced industrial nations predicted that the 17.3 million people in the U.S. enrolled in college in 2000 would increase 13% to 19.6 million by 2015. Such growth would fail to match the rate of increase in a variety of other developed countries, however, such as Canada, South Korea, and Sweden, which aggressively prepared students academically to succeed in college and helped pay college expenses. According to the study, the ability of the United States to compete in higher-education enrollments had been undermined by excessive high-school dropout rates, low college participation among low-income and minority students, and state budget cuts that increased the college costs students were obliged to bear.

      The number of ethnic-minority students attending college in the U.S. more than doubled during 1981–2001 from 2 million to 4.3 million, setting a trend that continued into 2004. During those two decades, the enrollment of blacks grew by 56% to 1.7 million, Hispanic enrollment tripled to 1.5 million, and Asian American attendance tripled to 1 million. The rate of increase of minority women in college was greater than that of men. By the early 21st century, 40% of African Americans and 34% of Hispanics were enrolled, compared with 46% of whites.

      Publishers of college textbooks in the U.S. were accused of exploiting students by issuing expensive new editions about every three years and including unnecessary materials such as CD-ROMs and study guides in order to boost prices. As a result, the cost of textbooks rose 35% during 1999–2004. A survey of universities in California and Oregon revealed that the cost of an average new textbook was $103, or 58% more than a used text. Thus, the typical student would pay $900 for books during 2004.

      As more Asians looked for schools outside the U.S. and Europe for advanced education, Singapore officials unveiled a plan to make their city-state a major higher-education centre by tripling the number of foreign students enrolled to 150,000 by 2012. An estimated 22,000 new jobs would come from local and foreign institutions over the next 10 years. American universities that already had campuses in Singapore were the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford. France's business school INSEAD and the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven of The Netherlands also offered study programs there.

       China intended to increase the number of government-funded students studying abroad from 2,700 annually to 5,000 by 2007. Candidates from 12 relatively poor regions in western China would be given special opportunities to study overseas. Among the 38,000 doctoral students who would graduate in China during 2004–06, many would be sent abroad to prestigious foreign universities for specialized training.

      A survey comparing the proportions of males and females in Australian universities showed that the enrollment of men had fallen to an all-time low of 43% and that women surpassed men in academic performance. Observers suggested that such results meant that women no longer needed the special preference in funding that had been provided under a 1990 regulation designed to aid six groups that were considered disadvantaged—women, indigenous students, students from rural and isolated areas, those from low-income backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, and those from non-English-speaking backgrounds.

      July marked the first anniversary of the founding of Venezuela's Bolivarian University, established by the country's president, Hugo Chávez Frías, to furnish more higher-education opportunities for the poor. During 2004 the university enrolled 10,000 students on five campuses distributed across the country. Though the nation's other 24 public universities depended heavily on standardized-test scores for student admittance, Bolivarian University's applicants were judged only on their goals and their disadvantaged social status. The Bolivarian mission emphasized social activism in three major fields—journalism, environmental management, and local-development management.

      In an effort to maintain high academic quality in colleges, officials in Russia and South Africa closed a variety of institutions that failed to meet government standards. The Russian Education Ministry revoked the accreditation of 9 institutions and limited the licenses of 7 others during a campaign to assess the quality of instruction in the nation's 1,000 higher-learning institutions, which in recent times had spawned about 2,000 affiliates and branches. South Africa's Council for Higher Education stripped accreditation from 10 of the country's 28 master-of-business-administration programs because they met less than 15% of the council's minimum standards.

R. Murray Thomas

▪ 2004

      The launch of a worldwide literacy campaign, an increase in the use of computers for education, funding problems, difficulties with achievement testing, disorder in schools, and court decisions affecting affirmative-action policies were some of the issues that educators encountered in 2003.

Primary and Secondary Education.
      During 2003 the United Nations launched a Literacy Decade (2003–2012) campaign with the motto “Literacy for freedom” in an effort to effect a 50% reduction in numbers by 2015 of the 860 million adult illiterates and the 100 million children who had no access to schooling. Though progress during the 1990s had raised the percentage of adults (age 15 and above) who could read and write at a modest level of competence, subsequent high birthrates, economic difficulties, and traditions of not sending girls to school in sub-Saharan Africa, parts of Asia, and the Arab states caused those regions to lag behind the rest of the world in educating their populations. In the early years of the 21st century, the adult literacy rate was 60% in sub-Saharan Africa, 67% in South and West Asia, 76% in Arab states, 95% in Latin America, and more than 99% in Europe and North America.

      School enrollment in the United States set a record of 73 million students in preschools, elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities. Among pupils aged 5 through 17, 10% attended private schools and 850,000 were taught at home. Nearly 20% of the nation's 53 million elementary- and high-school students spoke a language other than English at home. Of three- and four-year-olds, 52% went to preschools, compared with 21% in 1970.

      Worldwide the educational role of computers continued to increase. In the U.S. 98% of schools were linked to the Internet, up from 50% in 1995. Four out of five students aged 6–17 used computers at school, with four individuals sharing one school computer. Two-thirds of the students had access to a computer at home. Children from traditionally disadvantaged populations were included in the growth, with 55% of low-income households having Internet access at home, at school, or at a library. Almost all public schools in Japan were connected to the Internet, and 58% had their own Web sites. In addition, 53% of teachers there employed educational software and the Internet in class, a 5% improvement over 2002. Classroom use of computers was greater in elementary-school classes (66%) than in junior high schools (46%) and senior high schools (38%). More than 99% of England's primary and secondary schools enjoyed Internet access. The number of British students sharing a computer was reduced to 5.4 students in 2003 from 6.5 in 2002. Germany furnished one computer per 14 students, whereas Denmark provided a computer for every student.

      During 2003 most U.S. school systems suffered from depressed economic conditions. States' budget deficits of $80 billion forced officials to dismiss teachers, increase class sizes, close schools, and reduce services. By midyear, plans had been laid to eliminate thousands of school personnel—notably 20,000 teachers in California, 200 in Phoenix, Ariz., 178 in Seattle, Wash., and 600 staff members in Buffalo, N.Y. Sixteen schools were slated for closure in Detroit, nine in Birmingham, Ala., and seven in Oklahoma City, Okla. Services that suffered downgrading or elimination included libraries, interscholastic sports, free bus transportation for pupils, after-school tutoring, computer purchases, musical events, and school newspapers. Some relief from the economic crisis in New York was provided by voters who, in 94% of almost 700 districts, approved proposed school budgets that often required increased taxes. In Britain more than 3,000 teachers were scheduled to lose their jobs owing to a money shortage.

      A financial crisis for public schools in the Philippines was blamed partly on the inability of middle-class parents to pay the rising fees charged by the country's private schools, which resulted in an increased number of children transferring to public schools. Education officials estimated that the Philippines needed 21,000 additional classrooms and 10,000 more teachers to accommodate the new students.

      The Australian government, on the other hand, increased its financial support of public schools by 8.3% above the 2002 allotment. China's Ministry of Education authorized $121 million from the sale of treasury bonds to expand 500 senior high schools, mainly in the central and western regions of the nation. Each school would accommodate another 18 classes and about 900 extra students. Owing to the lack of classrooms, about half of the 16 million junior-high-school graduates had not been able to enter senior highs in recent years. The building program would enable 450,000 additional students to enroll.

      In the United States nationwide achievement testing—an important part of Pres. George W. Bush's ambitious education initiative—suffered a variety of difficulties. The most troublesome problem appeared in states that required students to pass standardized tests in reading and mathematics in order to receive high-school diplomas. Even students who had earned satisfactory marks in all of their classes could not graduate unless they also passed the exit tests. By 2003, 24 states had adopted a graduation-test plan or intended to do so. In Florida, Massachusetts, California, Nevada, New York, and North Carolina, the large numbers of students failing the exams during 2003 triggered public outcries that sent state legislators scurrying to repair their testing programs. Community activists in Florida threatened to boycott the state lottery and the tourist, citrus, and sugar industries if all 13,000 high-school seniors who had failed the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) were denied diplomas. Subsequently, Florida lawmakers waived the testing requirement for students with disabilities whose individual education plans indicated that the FCAT did not accurately measure their abilities. Among the 4,178 Massachusetts high-school seniors who failed the graduation test, only 2,457 signed up for another chance to take the exam; when the retesting days arrived, just 698 showed up. The Massachusetts House of Representatives, in response to criticism, voted to allow students with “special needs” to earn diplomas even if they had not passed the exam, only to have Gov. Mitt Romney veto the measure. In New York officials cited flaws in the state's math test as the reason that thousands of seniors who had failed the exam would be granted diplomas if they had earlier passed a Math-A course. Although California lawmakers had intended to introduce a graduation-test requirement in 2004, the state board of education postponed implementing the plan until 2006 after a study suggested that at least 20% of the 2004 seniors would fail. An even higher proportion of students with disabilities or limited English skills would not graduate if the deadline went unchanged.

      A variety of nations reported persistent disorder in schools, including shootings, hazing, bullying, and the disruption of classes. A study of 1,000 British children revealed that half of primary pupils and a quarter of secondary students had been bullied during the term. In a nationwide survey of police officers who were assigned to schools in the U.S., more than 70% of the respondents reported a rise over the past five years in aggressive behaviour among elementary schoolchildren. More than 41% of the officers cited a decrease in funding for safety measures in their schools, and 87% said crimes at schools were underreported to the police. The Philadelphia school system's newly imposed strict rules for reporting student misconduct resulted in a 41% increase in recorded assaults, weapons offenses, and other dangerous acts on and around school campuses. A total of 7,229 serious incidents were listed for the 2002–03 school year, including 976 weapons violations. An estimated 25 of Philadelphia's 260-plus schools were expected to be placed on a list of “persistently dangerous” schools for the upcoming year. One eighth-grade Pennsylvania boy shot his school principal to death, then shot himself in the head. In New Orleans four armed boys killed a rival gang member in a crowded gymnasium and wounded three bystanders.

      Authorities adopted a number of methods to stem school disorder, including expelling pupils, videotaping misconduct, teaching about the dangers of weapons, forcing bullies to pay fines, furnishing safe facilities for students, and rewarding good behaviour.

      A landmark edict from the British House of Lords ruled that teachers were within their rights to refuse to teach violent pupils even if the children were legally entitled to be in school. In England over the most recent two-year period, permanent exclusions from school increased 4% from 9,135 to 9,540. Expulsions of children aged 5 to 11 increased from 1,436 to 1,450, while the figures for secondary schools rose to 7,740 from 7,305. Boys accounted for more than 80% of the expulsions.

      A high-school-girls' off-campus touch-football game in Northbrook, Ill., deteriorated into a videotaped hazing melee in which members of one team kicked and punched their opponents before dousing them with paint and excrement. Many were injured; five required hospitalization. Officials responded by suspending 32 students from school.

      In an effort to provide parents with visual proof of their children's misbehaviour, the Manchester, Eng., City Council authorized the installation of inconspicuous video cameras in classrooms. The Biloxi, Miss., school system became the first in the U.S. to install Internet-wired video cameras in hallways and classrooms. Less expensive than closed-circuit video cameras that record images on tape, the Biloxi equipment captured classroom scenes on a computer's hard disc. Anyone with proper Internet access could then witness the activities in any classroom.

      The U.S. government allocated nearly $400 million to 97 communities to strengthen school safety and to improve mental health services for children with emotional and behavioral disorders who were at risk of becoming violent. After several Canadian youths died or committed suicide as the result of bullying by their peers, Edmonton, Ont., passed a law making bullying illegal and subjecting tormentors to a fine of at least $250. The New York City Department of Education, in an effort to relieve gay and lesbian students of ridicule by classmates, financed a special public school for homosexual, bisexual, and transgender youths; 100 students attended the new school in 2003, and enrollment was expected to grow to 170 in 2004.

      Following a series of school shootings in South Africa, the organization Gun Free South Africa launched a campaign to make the nation's schools weapon-free zones. The campaign included showing the 2002 movie Bowling for Columbine, a Michael Moore (seeBiographies (Moore, Michael )) film based on a shooting incident at a high school in the United States. Ghana's nongovernmental Centre for Moral Education established a program to identify “morally upright and disciplined pupils” and reward them with the kinds of incentives typically provided for academic excellence—money, scholarships, and public recognition.

      Schooling was disrupted in several nations by disasters. An outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) forced schools to shut down for several weeks in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Toronto. (See Health: Special Report. (What's Next After SARS? )) During the three-week closure in Hong Kong, more than 8,000 students continued their lessons from their home computers via the Internet, taking notes and speaking with their teachers and classmates by such means as Web cameras, audio-video phones, conferencing software, instant-messaging tools, and multimedia animation programs.

      Successful efforts to rebuild Afghanistan's education system enabled six million children to attend school in 2003, nearly double the number of 2002. The publication of 5.8 million new textbooks helped fill the need for school supplies, as did 500,000 new desks that supplemented the 1.5 million desks purchased in 2002. There continued to be a serious shortage of qualified teachers, however, partly as the result of low pay—$35 to $45 a month. Because schooling was so badly disrupted during the 23 years of warfare prior to the defeat of the Taliban government in 2001, the number of illiterate youths and young adults in Afghanistan was believed to be in the millions. Although some 12,000 young people attended special courses in 2003, most of the unschooled were not enrolled in any program.

      The Malaysian government stopped funding the nation's 206 public religious schools (Sekolah Agama Rakyat) in the belief that many of them fomented hatred and religious extremism. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mahathir bin Mohamad stated that SAR students who transferred to national schools would receive a more-rounded education in the company of students of other races and religions. Not all of the 125,000 SAR students abandoned the religious schools after government funds were withheld, however. Some overzealous SAR teachers warned their charges that damnation awaited them if they moved to a national school.

      In Europe the debate continued over the roles of the religious and the secular. French Pres. Jacques Chirac backed legislation that would prevent schoolchildren from wearing overt religious symbols, including Muslim head scarves, large crosses, or Jewish yarmulkes. In Spain, however, the administration of Prime Minister José María Aznar passed a law that required all students each year to attend a class on Roman Catholic dogma or one on world religions.

Higher Education.
      U.S. Supreme Court justices, in a 5–4 decision, approved the affirmative-action policy that offered certain ethnic groups favoured opportunities for admission to universities. The selected groups—African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans—were said to need special admission provisions because they were enrolled in higher-education institutions in smaller proportions than their groups were represented in the nation's general population. Supporters of the court's ruling asserted that affirmative-action policies were necessary to provide ethnic diversity in higher-education institutions and to compensate ethnic groups that had suffered a lack of proper educational opportunities in the past. Critics of the ruling charged that the decision violated the applicants' right to be judged on their individual qualifications rather than on their membership in a particular ethnic group. The court case focused on the University of Michigan Law School's practice of taking ethnicity into account when deciding which applicants to admit. Whereas the justices endorsed the law school's affirmative-action plan, they struck down the university's undergraduate-admissions policy, which awarded bonus points to applicants from underrepresented minority groups. The apparent inconsistency between these two decisions left university officials throughout the nation uninformed about precisely what criteria they would be permitted to use for granting preferential admission opportunities.

      Chile's 37 private universities continued to expand their facilities, course offerings, and numbers of students. Andre Bello University added 35,000 sq m (375,000 sq ft) of new buildings for programs in medicine and biology. Diego Portales University opened new schools of medicine, nursing, and dentistry and increased the number of fields of study from 13 to 28. The University of the Americas set up its fifth campus. Over the two decades since 1981, when the Chilean government first authorized the establishment of private higher-education institutions, private universities had contributed in a major fashion to the 380% growth in the country's student population. By 2003 the private sector enrolled 53% of the country's 480,000 college students. Brazil and Colombia, which had followed Chile's lead in authorizing private universities, enrolled two-thirds of their nations' college students in such institutions by 2003.

      China's Ministry of Education gave 22 universities greater freedom in student-admission decisions, permitting the institutions to include interviews and background checks rather than depending solely on applicants' entrance-exam scores. As in the past, key high schools would continue to supply recommendations about their best students as well as indicate who should be tested, interviewed, and selected for a background scrutiny. Admissions officers would then use their particular institutions' standards in choosing among the applicants. In Britain, for the first time ever, students from China outnumbered those from any other overseas country studying at universities and colleges. The 7,903 Chinese students arriving in 2003 exceeded the previous year's 5,802 by 36%. Consequently, China replaced Ireland as the foreign country with the most students attending British institutions.

      Kenya's seven public universities gained greater autonomy when the nation's president, Mwai Kibaki (see Biographies (Kibaki, Mwai )), renounced his role as chancellor of public higher-education institutions and appointed seven chancellors to replace him. Pres. Robert Mugabe's government in Zimbabwe, however, took control of Great Zimbabwe University, a private institution that had been established and operated by the Reformed Church of Zimbabwe.

      In an effort to develop and preserve indigenous African languages in higher education, officials of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, S.Af., adopted a policy that required all faculty members and students to learn a local black language. Courses would be offered in speaking, reading, and writing Sesotho, a dialect widely used in Johannesburg.

      In June Myanmar (Burmese) military authorities ordered all universities and colleges closed following the detention of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and 19 members of her National League for Democracy party who had clashed with pro-government protesters in northern Myanmar.

R. Murray Thomas

▪ 2003

      Nationwide achievement testing in the U.S., controversies over the relationship between governments and religious schools, attempts to reduce the school dropout rate, efforts to recruit more qualified teachers, an increase in profit-making higher-education programs, concern over the quality of university instruction, the assessment of higher education in Arab nations, and more educational uses of the Internet were some of the educational issues scrutinized in 2002.

Primary and Secondary Education
      On Jan. 8, 2002, U.S. Pres. George W. Bush signed into law his administration's education-reform plan titled No Child Left Behind. The plan was based on four principles—stronger statewide accountability for students' proficiency, increased flexibility for state and local control in the use of government education funds, expanded school options for parents, and an emphasis on proven teaching methods. The legislation's provisions included mandatory nationwide achievement testing, funds for parents to transfer their child from a “failing school” to a better one, money to finance charter schools, and extra after-school help for students in reading, language arts, and mathematics. The testing portion of the plan required states to set standards for what every child should learn in reading, mathematics, and science in elementary and secondary schools. Beginning in 2002 all schools were to administer reading and math tests in three grade spans—grades 3–5, 6–9, and 10–12. Beginning in 2005 annual testing would be required in grades three through eight, and in 2007 science tests would be added. This high-stakes testing enlarged the industry of producing test-preparation materials from a negligible level to a $50 million business during 1999–2002. Critics, however, charged that standardized tests encouraged teachers to “teach for the tests” in reading, math, and science and therefore neglect other areas of the curriculum such as history, citizenship education, art, music, vocational studies, and foreign languages. Among the difficulties the testing program faced was the need to create exams that accurately evaluated students' knowledge and quickly returned test results to teachers. One solution to the problem was the development of computerized tests that adapted questions to each student's current level of knowledge and furnished test results the following day. In 2002 Idaho became the first state to replace traditional tests with computerized versions.

      Two educational issues resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2002 concerned drug testing and the practice of having students evaluate their classmates' written assignments. On the issue of drug testing, the justices in a 5–4 decision ruled not only that schools could require members of athletic teams to be tested for the use of illegal substances but also that testing could be extended to include students who participated in other extracurricular activities, such as a photography club, chess contest, or cheerleading squad. The assignment-evaluation case involved the question of whether a student's privacy rights were violated when a teacher directed class members to mark each other's tests or homework assignments while the teacher read aloud the correct answers. In a unanimous decision the judges declared that “we do not think [federal law] prohibits these educational techniques.”

      Controversies over the relationship between government and religious education appeared in several countries. Two midyear court decisions in the U.S. bore important consequences for the nation's traditional policy of separating government from religion. By a vote of 5–4, the U.S. Supreme Court approved of government agencies' funding vouchers that families could use to pay for their children to attend private schools, including schools sponsored by religious groups. The decision, praised by President Bush and many church leaders, was expected to be of greatest benefit to the nation's Roman Catholic schools, which played a major role in educating inner-city children. Roman Catholic schools made up 30% of the nation's private schools and enrolled 2,610,000 of the 5,300,000 students who attended nonpublic schools. The court's decision, however, was condemned by opponents who predicted that the voucher policy would weaken public schools' financial support and result in the use of tax money for teaching religious beliefs. In a public-opinion poll, respondents by a five-to-four margin favoured vouchers for sending children to private schools, but, by a two-to-one margin, they opposed voucher plans that would reduce the funds available to public schools. Whether voucher programs would be widely adopted depended, however, on decisions made in state legislatures and local school districts. The second court case concerned the Pledge of Allegiance, which nearly all public-school pupils were obliged to recite. The 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco ruled, by a two-to-one vote, that the phrase “under God,” which had been inserted into the pledge in 1954, violated the U.S. Constitution's prohibition against the government's endorsing particular religious beliefs. In England and Wales, where church-sponsored “faith schools” were supported by public tax funds, the ruling Labour government recommended a substantial increase in the number of such schools on the belief that they offered a better quality of education than did secular schools. Strong opposition to the plan was voiced by members of Parliament and by teachers unions, which charged that faith schools fomented antagonism between religious groups, accepted only students who subscribed to the school's faith, employed only staff members of the school's faith, and did not offer a superior level of education. An opinion poll in Scotland reported that respondents, by a four-to-one margin, supported a government proposal to abolish the traditional policy of segregating pupils at age five into schools sponsored by their parents' church affiliation. A coalition of Roman Catholic parents vigorously objected, however, to their children's mixing in school with students from other religious backgrounds, on the belief that such integration would be morally damaging to the 130,000 pupils in Scotland's 416 Roman Catholic secondary and primary schools. A spokesman for the Roman Catholic church said, “There is no evidence that Catholic schools provoke bigotry. Scotland's sectarianism is a real problem, but it is not caused by schooling.”

      In Afghanistan, where only boys had been permitted to attend school under the former Taliban government, girls returned to schools in large numbers for the first time in five years. The 1.8 million students attending the 3,000 primary and secondary schools represented the largest enrollment in the nation's history. Instructional innovations included the distribution of nearly 10 million textbooks as part of a $6.7 million program funded by the U.S. government to give teachers educational materials that did not focus on war, in contrast to the emphasis of textbooks used during the Taliban regime. The new books, in both the Dari (Persian) and the Pashto languages, included pictures of women, a rarity in the days of the Taliban.

      A law drafted by the Pakistan government to influence the conduct of the nation's 8,000 madrasahs (Muslim schools) was strongly opposed by the schools' headmasters, who objected to the state's meddling with the schools' curricula, funding, enrollments, and teachers. The move to control madrasahs was urged by American and other Western officials who viewed educational reform in Pakistan as crucial to changing anti-Western attitudes and creating a more moderate state.

      Truancy was a concern in Japan, where a panel of experts was appointed to investigate the alarming increase in elementary and junior-high students' unexcused absences from school. A record 138,696 students missed school for at least 30 days without good reason—a 10-fold increase since 1990. An estimated 90% of the absentees were spending their time out of school at home. To help stem this trend, the Ministry of Education planned to provide home tutors and improve community networks to aid truants and their families. Efforts to retain teenagers longer in secondary education were mounted in Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. The results of a British pilot study in 56 districts encouraged the government to expand a program to keep students in school beyond age 16 by paying families between £5 (about $7.50) and £40 (about $60) a week, depending on the income of the family. In the pilot districts, an average of 5% more students continued in school beyond age 16 than in comparable regions. A law passed in Queensland, Australia, was designed to retain students in secondary school for a longer period of time by raising the compulsory-schooling age from 15 to 17. Officials in New Zealand, distressed by the dismal prospects of employment for youths under age 19, maintained the school-leaving age at 16 but planned special programs that would persuade young people to continue in some sort of schooling through age 18.

      German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, speaking to the Bundestag (parliament), declared that the nation's “soft” educational policy of recent years was an “embarrassment” and should be replaced. Past policy, founded on a belief that children should not be burdened with excessive study at too young an age, had resulted in the closing of schools at midday and the watering down of subject matter in early grades. One apparent cause for Schröder's alarm was German 15-year-olds' weak showing on an international test, in which Germany ranked 25th out of 32 countries in reading, math, and scientific literacy.

      In Vietnam the country's first nationwide assessment of grade-five primary-school pupils' reading and mathematics skills revealed that the highest test scores were achieved in schools where teachers assigned and corrected homework, teachers had a greater knowledge of subject matter, pupils had access to reading materials beyond the basic textbooks, and a larger percentage of teachers were women. Government officials in the state of Goa, India, launched a program to furnish computers in the homes of secondary-school students for a nominal fee that would be reduced for low-income families. The plan began with students majoring in science and would gradually be extended to those in other subjects.

      A shortage of properly qualified teachers impaired schooling in a variety of countries. In Britain, John Dunford, general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association, announced that 300,000 experienced teachers under age 60 (many of whom had elected for early retirement) were no longer in the education system, while 83,400 people held teaching certificates that they had never used. According to Dunford, reasons for the dearth of competent teachers included heavy workloads, poor pay, badly behaved pupils, and the low esteem in which the profession was held. As a modest emergency effort toward easing the shortfall of 40,000 primary-school teachers in Thailand, officials in 120 schools in Nonthaburi province recruited monks to teach a range of classes. Meanwhile, the national government sought to appoint 10,000 new permanent teachers in addition to the 10,000 teachers hired in 2001. Difficulty finding substitute teachers in Australia resulted in the periodic cancellation of classes. Among 250 schools surveyed, nearly 60% reported problems finding relief teachers, while principals made up to 30 phone calls every morning in an attempt to hire extra staff. One school in Sydney was forced to cancel 41 classes within a single 10-day period. The government of Jamaica forbade New York agencies to conduct unauthorized seminars designed to lure Jamaicans to teach in New York City schools. The ban was imposed following the news that in 2001 New York had attracted more than 500 teachers from the Caribbean, 320 of them math and science teachers from Jamaica. In the U.S. a nationwide survey of 16,000 teachers revealed that nearly 25% of secondary-school classes in English, math, science, and social studies were staffed by teachers who lacked a college major or minor in the subject matter being taught. A continuing decline in the number of men entering the teaching profession in the U.S. caused the nation's largest teachers union, the National Education Association, to launch a campaign to recruit more men. According to analysts, low pay and low prestige were two key reasons that fewer men were choosing teaching as a career.

Higher Education
      The number of profit-making degree-granting higher-education campuses in the U.S. more than doubled from about 350 in 1990 to more than 750 in 2002, when over 300,000 students were enrolled. The largest of the for-profit institutions was the University of Phoenix, with 95,000 students pursuing degree programs in such fields as education, business administration, and nursing on 105 campuses in 19 states. Another of the country's largest for-profit companies was DeVry University, with an enrollment of more than 80,000.

      The Russian government adopted a variety of institutional reforms intended to promote the nation's economic development. The country's research centres would be revised in an effort to reward disciplines that contributed to the nation's wealth in a free-market economy. Money would be channeled into nine areas of research and several dozen types of technology. Over the past decade, 200,000 Russian scientists had left the country for more favourable opportunities elsewhere. To help slow the flow of professionals from the country, the government planned to raise the salaries of scientists under age 35 and to increase the pensions for senior scientists in order to replace older personnel with a new generation of experts.

      Education officials in Russia and China expressed concern over the quality of instruction in their countries' tertiary institutions. An apparent deterioration in teachers' effectiveness in Russian universities prompted the Ministry of Education to establish 10 teams of “quality police,” with each team composed of 15 specialists assigned to conduct unannounced assessments of instruction in the nation's higher-learning institutions. Primary targets of the visits were classes in the most popular subject areas—law, economics, psychology, and foreign languages. Though college and university enrollments in China nearly doubled between 1998 and 2002, standards of instruction declined, according to Ma Luting, a Ministry of Education spokesperson. Much of the rapid growth in the number of students entering higher-learning institutions resulted from the nation's unemployment problem, which the government hoped to alleviate by sending more young people to college, a practice that would also increase the number of graduates with the skills required in a technologically advanced economy. The sudden growth of enrollments, coupled with a history of the underfunding of education, led to the apparent decline in instructional quality. The funding problem was reflected in the fact that China devoted less than 3% of its gross domestic product to education, compared with 4.8% in Brazil, 6.4% in the U.S., and 7.4% in South Korea.

      Representatives from Arab nations met in Morocco to assess the condition of higher education in their countries and to recommend changes needed for raising the quality of their institutions to the level of the best universities in the rest of the world. Among the most serious shortcomings of Arab institutions described by conference speakers were a shortage of research, inadequate information technology, and the practice of teaching dogma rather than guiding students in critical inquiry. Another target of criticism was the low percentage (12.4%) of college-age women enrolled in higher education compared with the world average of 16.4%. Two factors cited as causes of such conditions were a lack of official concern for education in some countries and a lack of funds in many. Although a few oil-rich Arab nations were prepared to finance educational institutions satisfactorily, others were not because their per capita incomes were among the lowest in the world.

      To provide more higher-education opportunities for Brazil's blacks, who made up nearly half of the country's 170 million people, the state of Rio de Janeiro passed a law requiring its two public universities to reserve 40% of their freshman class openings for black students. As a result, university admissions officers were faced with the problem of deciding which applicants qualified as blacks—people of pure African descent were rare in Brazil. Police in Kenya arrested 21 people for producing and selling fake diplomas that bore the official seals of prominent Kenyan universities. The accused forgers included several high-level ministry officials. In addition to the fake diplomas, police found hundreds of false elementary- and secondary-school certificates, academic transcripts, passports, and property deeds.

      During 2002 the Web site was periodically overwhelmed by a flood of messages that rose to 65,000 in a single day and thereby forced the site to close down temporarily. The purpose of the Web site was to disseminate information about degree-granting institutions, especially ones offering distance education. Because often exposed purveyors of fraudulent degrees, the site's officials suspected that the “mail bomb attack” had been launched by persons who ran diploma mills and hoped to prevent Internet users from discovering the true nature of their illicit operations.

      More American universities developed courses that combined in-class teaching with lessons over the Internet. Advocates of this hybrid instructional approach claimed that it offered students the convenience of Internet instruction that could be accessed whenever they chose and also furnished them periodic in-class face-to-face lectures and discussions with their professors. Fairleigh Dickinson University at Madison, N.J., adopted a policy of requiring students to take at least one course a year via the Internet, a plan that some officials believed would become increasingly widespread. On the other hand, the Internet was also among the technologies used heavily by students as a source to help them cheat on homework assignments. (See Special Report (New Frontiers in Cheating ).)

      A survey of alcohol consumption in American colleges revealed that 44% of students engaged in binge drinking, a percentage constant over the 1993–2002 period despite authorities' efforts to discourage the habit. The term binge drinkers was defined as men who had had five or more drinks on one occasion in the previous two weeks and women who had had four or more. Underage college students were found to drink nearly half of all the alcohol consumed by undergraduates. More than half of Northern Ireland's college and university students took illegal drugs, according to a study by the Union of Students in Ireland. The most popular substance was cannabis, used by 89% of the survey respondents, followed by Ecstasy (9%) and cocaine (2%). Two-thirds of the participants in the study had first tried drugs in secondary school, and 58% wanted cannabis decriminalized.

R. Murray Thomas

▪ 2002


Elementary and Secondary Education
      Newly inaugurated U.S. Pres. George W. Bush made the improvement of education a central goal of his administration. He began the year by appointing Houston (Texas) superintendent of schools Roderick R. Paige the nation's secretary of education. The president adopted the motto “No child left behind” and sent Congress proposed legislation featuring his four pillars of comprehensive educational reform: accountability, local control and flexibility, expanded parental choice, and a focus on what works. Whereas Congress endorsed such key provisions of the bill as nationwide achievement testing and money for poor schools, the legislators eliminated Bush's voucher plan that would have provided public funds for parents to send their children to any school of their choice, including private schools administered by religious groups.

      Around the world the rapidly growing popularity of nationwide achievement testing was accompanied by several vexing problems. In the U.S. the nation's largest teachers union, the National Education Association (NEA), passed resolutions denouncing high-stakes testing. Parents' and students' rejection of “test-driven education” led to student boycotts of state achievement testing in several school districts. (See Special Report (Does Testing Deserve a Passing Grade? ).) When school systems in Florida paid bonuses to schools whose students scored above average on the state achievement test, critics charged that such rewards placed undue emphasis on test passing in contrast to gaining a well-rounded education. Officials in states, notably New York, that already had ambitious testing requirements questioned why more exams, imposed by the federal government, were necessary. An expanded national testing program in Great Britain for students 14 years old and above drew complaints from teachers and parents and motivated the minister of education and skills, Estelle Morris, to order a review of the recently revised curriculum, which had produced what was described as an examination logjam. At the same time, the Labour government's proposal that private companies take over the operation of underperforming public schools met strong opposition from teachers unions. A public-opinion poll revealed that two-thirds of the electorate wanted education provided mostly or entirely by the government.

      Tax-supported alternatives to regular public schools continued to increase in the U.S. The Bush legislation included additional money for charter schools, which were established by private groups financed by tax funds and were permitted to offer a curriculum different from that of public schools. About 518,000 (1%) of the country's 50 million schoolchildren attended charter schools. The NEA announced its endorsement of charter schools that hired certified teachers, were subject to the same student-assessment measures as other public schools, honoured teachers' collective-bargaining rights, and had initial construction funds that did not rely heavily on tax revenue. As a further educational option, 850,000 (1.7%) American schoolchildren studied at home under parental guidance. About 18% of homeschoolers were also enrolled in regular schools part-time; 11% used books or materials from a public school; and 8% followed a public-school curriculum. A newly established Patrick Henry College opened in Virginia specifically for youths who had been homeschooled and who chose to pursue higher education in a Christian-based institution.

      Private-school enrollments increased in Canada, rising over a 10-year period from 4.6% to 5.6% of all school-age children. Contrary to the impression that only wealthy families sent their children to private institutions, a survey reported that 29% of children enrolled in private schools across Canada came from families with incomes below Can$50,000 (about U.S. $32,000); that percentage rose to 46.1% in the western provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

      Delegates from nine countries' Ministries of Education met in Beijing to outline steps they would take to upgrade schooling, especially to slash the rate of school dropouts and to turn around low school enrollment and poor classroom performance. The plan was signed by Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

      The South Korean government intended to improve the standard of education in the nation by limiting the number of students per class to 35 by 2004; the head count was currently 35.7 in elementary schools, 38 in middle schools, and 42.7 in high schools. To facilitate the program the government expected to hire 23,600 additional teachers and open 1,208 new schools with a total of 14,494 classrooms.

      The Anglican Church of Canada faced the threat of bankruptcy as the result of lawsuits filed by native peoples (American Indians and Inuits) for mistreatment they allegedly had suffered in residential schools that were operated for more than a century by Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, and the United Church of Canada and were financed by the Canadian government. Between 1998 and 2001 more than 7,000 suits were registered, charging sexual-physical abuse and cultural damage to native inhabitants, with by far the largest number of claims focusing on cultural damage. The only cases accepted in the courts by the end of 2001 concerned sexual-physical abuse.

      Efforts to curb violence and improve discipline in schools appeared in Israel, Japan, and the U.S. In an effort to reduce the number of incidents of youth violence, which had quadrupled over the past decade, Israel's Education Ministry permitted teachers to search pupils' bags for weapons and toughened legislation that barred the sale of alcohol to minors. Violence-prevention teams composed of teachers, parents, and students were authorized at every school to monitor incidents of hostility.

      Japan's central legislative body, the Diet, sought to protect students' “right to learn” by means of a bill empowering school personnel to suspend students who disrupted classes, damaged school property, or attacked fellow students or teachers or caused them psychological distress. In early June a knife-wielding man on a stabbing rampage killed 8 children and injured 13 others at Ikeda Elementary School in Osaka prefecture. The school's children were so traumatized by the setting in which the stabbings took place that the Ministry of Education ordered the construction of a prefabricated building on a nearby site to serve the 680 pupils until the original building could be razed and replaced by a new permanent structure. In response to the incident, other schools introduced such safety measures as the distribution of personal alarms to teachers and the establishment of telephone hot lines between schools and police.

      In the U.S. steps to make schools safer included assigning more police to schools as resource officers, instituting “red-code drills” in which students practiced protecting themselves against armed attacks, training teachers to identify potentially dangerous students, and having the courts assign stricter prison sentences to weapon-carrying teenagers. In addition, more schools were installing video surveillance systems, providing hot lines for reporting incidents of violence, encouraging students to take greater responsibility for maintaining a secure school environment, and engaging parents in safe-schooling campaigns. California's Supreme Court strengthened the authority of school personnel by ruling that schools could detain students without first having to prove “reasonable suspicion” of wrongdoing.

      Countries differed in the adequacy of their present and future supplies of teachers. In England and Wales a survey revealed 10,000 unfilled permanent jobs in secondary schools; this represented the most serious teacher shortage in 36 years. The British government attempted to lure college graduates into teaching with attractive salaries during their training period, accelerated promotion schemes, and cheaper mortgages, but the incentives had limited success. The booming economy and tight labour market were blamed for the teacher shortage, since graduates, especially women, could easily find better-paid careers. To fill the shortages teacher-placement agencies continued to search abroad, particularly in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Canada, which had furnished the United Kingdom with more than 25,000 teachers over the previous decade.

      An investigative team was appointed in Australia to determine the reasons why 1,700 men had dropped out of the nation's corps of teachers since 1990. By 2001 males made up only 17.1% of all teachers in state primary schools and 48.7% in high schools.

      Scotland's declining population of school-age children was expected to result in an overabundance of teachers in the coming decade. According to government predictions, the number of pupils in state primary schools would fall from the 2001 level of 425,200 to 368,600 in 2011, a 13% decrease. Students in state secondary schools would decrease from 319,000 to 286,500 by 2011, 10% fewer than in 2001. As a result, the number of full-time secondary teachers would drop to 22,900 in 2011, 7% fewer than in 2001.

      Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin announced that in 2002, for the first time, the country planned to spend more on education than on defense. Putin also pledged to double teachers' salaries, which in 2001 averaged about $35 a month.

      In India's Punjab province education officials in mid-August sought to fill 7,230 public-school teaching vacancies and 1,200 lecturerships in colleges. The AIDS epidemic in Africa seriously damaged many of the continent's education systems. Delegates at an Education International conference learned that HIV/AIDS had a greater effect on teaching than on any other profession and might nearly wipe out the supply of teachers in Africa within 10 years. An estimated 35–40% of secondary-school teachers in Botswana were reported to carry HIV, and the incidence of HIV infection also was high among teachers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, and Zambia. Hadino Hishongwa, deputy minister of higher education for Namibia, reported that 25% of Namibians had tested positive for HIV/AIDS, a level he attributed partly to a lack of sufficient AIDS education for youths, who made up 72% of the country's population.

      For the first time in the history of schooling in the U.S., an entire state's public schools were shut down by teachers striking for higher pay. Throughout the state of Hawaii, 13,000 teachers and 3,100 university faculty members abandoned their classrooms in early April in an effort to force legislators to authorize a salary increase, which the teachers union claimed was necessary to keep up with the rising cost of living. The walkout affected 180,000 students.

      Controversies continued in India and the U.S. over allowing religious doctrine and practices in public schools. Opponents of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party accused the government of attempting to “saffronize” the nation's public-education system by fostering Hindu religious beliefs in schools, a violation of the secular status of public schools prescribed in the nation's constitution. Saffron was the colour of the flag flown by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a Hindu-supremacist organization that administered 14,000 schools. Practices that drew the critics' complaints included government subsidies to universities that taught astrology, offered ancient Vedic mathematics in the curriculum, and practiced Vedic rituals, including the chanting of the Saraswati Vandana hymn to the Hindu goddess of education at the beginning of all educational events. In the U.S., although the Oregon Senate voted to prohibit posting the biblical Ten Commandments in public schools, the North Carolina Senate voted to permit it. The Hawaii state board of education struck down a proposal that would have permitted the Judeo-Christian biblical version of the world's creation to be taught in science classes as a proper theory of human beginnings along with Darwin's theory of evolution. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6–3 decision, ruled that church-sponsored groups, including Christian youth clubs, could use public-school buildings for after-school meetings along with other nonschool clubs. Observers speculated that the court's action could give impetus to the Bush administration's effort to furnish government funds to finance religious groups' programs for assisting people in poverty. Critics of Bush's effort charged that providing such funds violated the U.S. Constitution's separation of church and state. All but a handful of Japanese junior high schools rejected a controversial new history textbook, Atarashii rekishi kyokasho, which critics said glossed over Japan's wartime atrocities. The book, compiled by the nationalistic Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform, was scheduled for use beginning in April 2002.

Higher Education
      Eight nations that bordered the Arctic Circle launched a University of the Arctic that was designed to offer circumpolar studies and prepare students to help maintain the quality of life in the polar region against destructive intrusions by global-development forces. The cooperating nations included Canada, Denmark (with its territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the U.S. Courses were offered via the Internet and on existing campuses of the eight nations. Students were required to spend at least one semester of study in a circumpolar neighbour institution before graduating.

      The Chinese government, as a means of promoting the progress of universities in the nation's less-developed western regions, paired 13 western universities with advanced institutions in the east, including Beijing University, Xinjiang Shihezi University, and Tsinghua University. The partnerships, funded by loans from commercial banks and world financial organizations, were designed to develop key universities in the west, particularly by training over 1,000 teachers and administrators for the western institutions over a three-year period.

      New restrictions on freedom of inquiry appeared in Russia, Egypt, and Cuba. The Russian Academy of Sciences instructed its hundreds of affiliated institutions to curtail the nation's 53,000 researchers by requiring them to report any attempt by scholars to apply for foreign grants. The academy also required institutions to report all visits by foreigners and to submit articles for inspection before they were published abroad. Egypt's premier Islamic higher-learning institution—Al-Azhar University, Cairo—instituted a policy of outlawing any publication that, according to university president Ahmad Omar Hashem, lacked “respect for God, His Prophet [Muhammad], and all religious values.” After Cuban Pres. Fidel Castro had announced in 1998 that “in Cuba there are no prohibited books,” economist Berta Mexidor started a system of independent libraries that stocked publications formerly banned in the country. By 2001 the network had grown to 65 small private libraries. Some claimed that the arrest of four leaders of the movement on various charges was politically motivated, while government officials asserted that the “libraries” were created to promote the views of antigovernment parties (with aid from abroad) and denied that the detentions represented an attempt to curb intellectual freedom.

      Problems arising from basing college admissions on ethnic quotas continued in Malaysia and the U.S. Malaysia's education minister, Musa Mohamed, announced that the nation's existing laws favouring Malay applicants over citizens of Chinese and Indian heritage in public universities would likely be extended to private institutions as well. At the same time, statistics released by the Ministry of Education showed that 7,168 university places were unfilled because not enough Malay students had applied and that 560 Chinese Malaysians who had scored at the highest levels on university entrance tests had been denied a place at a public institution. The government, however, approved the long-stalled plans by the Malaysian Chinese Association to establish a university to be governed by the association and, according to association spokespersons, to be open to all ethnic groups. In the U.S. advocates of affirmative-action programs that gave preferential admissions treatment to blacks and Hispanics argued that such programs increased the racial diversity on campuses and thereby had the educational benefit of helping all students develop enlightened attitudes and learn to work with people of different cultural backgrounds. Opponents of such programs contended that the research needed to adequately support the diversity argument had not been forthcoming and that special admissions opportunities for selected minorities not only violated the principle of basing admissions on academic merit but also placed other minorities at an unfair disadvantage.

      Students' use of illegal drugs drew attention in Great Britain and the U.S. A survey of colleges in the U.K. reported a recent fivefold increase in the number of students using cocaine, which made the drug the second favourite narcotic, after cannabis. Investigators attributed much of the growing popularity of cocaine to its dramatic drop in price. As a result of a law in the United States that denied government financial aid to students with drug convictions, an estimated 34,000 students were denied loans and grants in 2001, more than triple the number in 2000.

      The autonomy of higher-education institutions was challenged in Taiwan when a college student, after having been dismissed from Shih Hsin University, Taipei, for failing half his courses during a single semester, filed a lawsuit against the university, contending that the institution's dismissal policy violated his right to continue his education. A national debate was sparked when the Administrative High Court supported the student's claim by ruling that individual universities lacked the authority to oust students for weak academic performance. Although such authority had been awarded to institutions by a Ministry of Education directive, representatives of the Taiwan Association for Human Rights argued that decisions about dismissals would need to be based on regulations passed by the Taiwan legislature, which would thereby ensure uniform practice nationwide.

      The Korean Council for University Education initiated an international internship plan to further student-exchange programs and to address problems arising from the fast rise in the number of South Korean students studying abroad. Under the program, about 2,000 students from 63 South Korean universities would travel overseas in 2002. The council currently had exchange agreements with 30 U.S. universities and intended to forge bonds with institutions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, and Europe. Recent reforms of the education system in Greece failed to stem the flow of youths seeking higher education in other nations. Over 55,000 Greek students entered foreign universities in 2001, 65% more than in 1998. They enrolled in universities in Great Britain (28,000), Germany (8,500), the U.S. (4,500), and France (3,000).

      As an effort to revitalize the traditional influence of French culture in Egypt, leaders of the Egypt-based French University Friends' Association announced the establishment of a new French University in Cairo, scheduled to accept students in 2002. The university would have the explicit aim of challenging the domination of English in the higher-education market, a challenge directed particularly at the American University in Cairo, founded in 1919 and still the nation's most eminent secular higher-learning institution.

R. Murray Thomas

▪ 2001

      Noteworthy educational events during 2000 focused on the worldwide status of education, efforts to improve the quality and quantity of schooling, inequitable educational opportunities, controversies concerning the testing of teachers, strategies for financing higher education, innovations in distance education, and the political activities of university and college students.

Primary and Secondary Education.
      During April the 1,500 delegates from 181 countries attending the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, assessed the past 10 years of progress toward the goal of universal primary schooling that had been set at the 1990 World Conference on Education for All in Thailand and also established new goals for the future. The 10-year assessment revealed that whereas some progress toward universal education had been achieved, the 1990 dream of schooling for everyone had not been realized. An estimated 113 million children (mostly girls) still had no access to primary education; 880 million adults were illiterate; gender discrimination continued to permeate education systems; and the quality of learning often fell short of the needs of societies. Goals that Forum delegates aspired to reach by 2015 included providing all children free, compulsory primary schooling of good quality; achieving gender equality in educational opportunities in both primary and secondary schools; andreducing adult illiteracy by 50%.

      A study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) summarized the condition of education for two-thirds of the world's population. The report included 29 OECD member nations and 16 nonmembers. Twenty-five of the OECD nations were located in Europe and North America; the remaining four were Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea. The nonmember group included China, India, Russia, and a variety of less-developed countries in Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. The report identified the following trends:

      During the 1990s the average number of years a five-year-old child would spend in school in OECD countries rose from 15.1 to 16.4; the number varied, however, from 9.7 years in Turkey to 12.2 years in Mexico, 16.8 in the United States, 17.1 in the United Kingdom, and 20 in Australia.

      By the end of the decade, the average adult within the age range of 25 to 64 had participated for more than one year in continuing education.

      In the year 2000 approximately 40% of young people could look forward to entering a postsecondary-school program leading to the equivalent of at least a bachelor's degree. Near the close of the 1990s, about one-third of students who entered higher education in OECD countries left before earning a degree. Survival rates ranged from over 80% in Japan and the U.K. to 63% in the U.S.; 55% or less in Austria, France, Portugal, and Turkey; and 35% in Italy.

      In many OECD countries teachers were among the most highly educated workers, but their salaries after 15 years of experience were generally lower than the average earnings of other university graduates.

      Another OECD report, Literacy in the Information Age, compared 20 nations in terms of the reading and calculating skills of people between ages 16 and 65. Literacy was judged on a five-level scale ranging from “very poor” (level one) to “higher-order information processing skills” (levels four and five). The report concluded that in the countries studied, “between one-quarter and three-quarters of adults fail to achieve literacy Level 3, considered by experts as a suitable minimum skill level for coping with the demands of modern life and work.” Participants from Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden) had some of the highest scores. The five lowest-scoring nations were Chile, Poland, Slovenia, Ireland, and Hungary. A separate study conducted in the U.K. estimated that 24% of British adults were both functionally illiterate and functionally innumerate (unable to perform simple mathematical functions).

      Attempts to improve the quality of education assumed a variety of forms. The U.S. charter-school movement, which provided public funding for independently operated schools, continued to expand. At the beginning of the 1998–99 school year, more than 250,000 students were enrolled in 1,605 schools in 30 states and the District of Columbia, with 90% of the schools using student achievement tests and other measures to reflect the effectiveness of their programs. Although more than 70% of charter schools were newly created institutions, in 11 of the 36 states with existing charter laws, private schools were allowed to become publicly financed charter institutions. Pres. Bill Clinton called for increasing the number of charter schools to 3,000 by the year's end.

      There was an increase in support for U.S. voucher programs that offered public funds to finance attendance by children at any school chosen by their parents. During the year, 25 states introduced new voucher legislation. At the same time, the number of American children being educated at home rather than at school reached an estimated 1,500,000, an increase from 700,000 in 1995.

      The Ugandan government's Universal Primary Education program, launched in 1996, was well on its way toward its goal of enrolling all primary-aged children in school by 2003. Enrollment had grown from 2.3 million in 1996 to 6.5 million by 2000, with much of the increase due to increased government financing, the help of such nongovernmental organizations as World Vision, and the donation by parents of their labour for constructing and maintaining buildings. During 1996–2000 more than 20,000 new teachers were hired, and teacher training was increased.

      Russian educational leaders voiced fears about the future of the nation's prestigious mathematics and physics secondary schools. The special schools, established in the 1960s and 1970s at the urging of the Soviet Union's leading scientists, had proved successful in preparing youths for distinguished careers in science. As a result, the schools inspired the creation of similar institutions in Eastern Europe, Cuba, Costa Rica, China, Korea, and the U.S. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, however, the schools' viability had been threatened by a variety of problems, including shortages of funds, public disillusionment with science's contribution to the quality of life, fewer bright students' choosing science as a field of study, the emigration of talented Russian scientists, and the establishment of new “special schools” that were generally considered inferior copies of the originals.

      In Nepal the Rugmark Foundation continued to provide hostels for youngsters who had formerly been among the estimated 2,000 children working in carpet factories that sold their products to Western nations. The hostels, with aid from UNICEF, provided children with living quarters and education. The Nepalese government, in a further move to reduce the exploitation of the young, announced plans to outlaw the employment of children in factories.

      Fearing that harmful side effects might result from hyperactive preschool children's taking such calming drugs as Ritalin and Prozac, the U.S. government prepared a guidebook for parents and teachers that described proper ways to treat young children who suffered from emotional and behavioral disorders. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also required drug companies to apply new labels to psychiatric drugs, informing physicians of proper dosages for children. In addition, drug companies would receive directions on how best to conduct research on hyperactivity and attention-deficit medications.

      The issue of educational equity attracted attention in Hungary, China, and Great Britain. Hungary's inadequate educational provisions for Roma (Gypsy) children were blamed on the majority population's faulty perception of their culture. (The Roma made up 5% of the population.) Critics charged that an inordinate number of Roma children were placed in classes for the mentally disabled because school personnel failed to recognize the children's actual learning potential. A program initiated by the Zsambek Catholic Faculty of Teacher Training was designed to help teachers understand Romany cultural characteristics so that Gypsy pupils would not be seen as inferior simply because of their social background.

      Western analysts estimated that despite Chinese government regulations intended to keep peasants on the farm, during recent years 200 million–300 million people had moved to urban centres in search of employment. By living in illegal settlements on the outskirts of cities, the migrants failed to qualify for government-supported schooling. Consequently, they created their own primary schools, using volunteer teachers who were paid a small wage out of tuition fees. In 2000, when an estimated 100 such schools were operating on the fringes of Beijing, government officials decided to alter the existing regulations and begin supporting migrant schools.

      Economic prosperity benefited educators in the U.K., where schools were promised the largest sustained increase in funds in 20 years. The expenditure on education would rise by 5.4% each year between 2001 and 2004, reaching a total increase of almost £12 billion (£1 = about $1.45). Each primary school would receive up to £40,000 annually and each secondary school up to £70,000. Nearly 200,000 teachers applied for the plan's £2,000 performance-related pay (PRP) for teachers whose students scored high on exams. Teachers unions denounced the PRP program, claiming it would adversely affect the recruitment and retention of teachers.

      National and regional plans for testing students and their teachers proliferated. The Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training prepared the nation's first large-scale educational survey, focusing on the fifth grade in more than 3,000 schools that were chosen to represent all 61 of the nation's provinces. Both pupils' and teachers' skills in reading comprehension and mathematics were scheduled for testing in early 2001, with questionnaires to be filled out by pupils, teachers, and administrators in order to reveal conditions in children's lives that affected their school success.

      In Canada's province of Ontario, Premier Mike Harris proposed to raise the level of students' learning by testing all 100,000 of Ontario's teachers. The task of designing and implementing his proposal within the following few months was assigned to the Ontario College of Teachers, Toronto. The plan reached a stalemate when the college responded with a 100-page report summarizing the problems of trying to improve students' learning by testing teachers. The report suggested that better preservice education, guidance for new teachers, and mandatory in-service professional development would yield greater student achievement than would testing in-service teachers.

      The American Federation of Teachers, the second largest teachers union in the U.S., with nearly one million members, advocated testing aspiring educators as a way of improving student achievement. The National Education Association, the largest teachers union, opposed the plan, claiming that testing would interfere with existing efforts to raise standards during the current nationwide shortage of teachers.

      In response to news that the average achievement-test scores of 4.7 million California students remained below the U.S. national average, the California Department of Education reported that when the scores of the state's one million students from non-English-speaking backgrounds were set aside, the scores of the remaining English-proficient students were above the national average. Whereas the national sample had included only 1.8% of students from homes where English was spoken either little or not at all, California's testing had included 25% of such students. Officials also noted that after the state in 1998 eliminated nearly all bilingual education programs in favour of English-immersion plans for immigrant children, the test scores of such students improved.

Higher Education.
      Universities and colleges in the U.S. profited from the country's strong economy. The government's large tax-income surplus emboldened Congress to vote more than $1 billion in special-project funds to be divided among institutions in the U.S. and its territories. The allotment exceeded the 1999 total by 31%. Colleges and universities also experienced growing success with fund-raising campaigns, particularly in their efforts to attract major contributors. During the 25-year period 1967–92, on only three occasions had a donor given a university as much as $100 million. Between 1993 and 2000, there were 26 gifts that size or larger, 14 of them since 1998. The largest bequest was Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates's $1 billion for scholarships that minority students could use to attend whatever college they chose. As an example of an institution's thriving fund-raising efforts, the private University of Southern California from 1993 to 2000 received 206 gifts of between $1 million and $5 million, 18 gifts between $5 million and $10 million, 6 between $10 million and $25 million, 3 between $25 million and $50 million, and 3 over $100 million.

      Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, announced plans to offer students loans to pay the tuition costs that had become an increasingly important requirement for attending college. An estimated 1.1 million of the nation's 4 million college and university students would be paying for their education during the current year. Sberbank Pres. Andrey Kazmin said that $53.8 million had been designated for the low-interest-loan program, with each loan sufficient to cover 70% of a student's educational expenses.

      In addition to their fund-raising, some U.S. institutions were attempting to lower the expense of certain programs. To reduce the annual $10 million cost of remedial classes, the 22-campus California State University system (359,000 students) adopted the dual approach of requiring entering students to become competent in basic English and mathematics skills within one year or be subject to dismissal and helping secondary schools prepare students to pass university placement exams. In recent years nearly half of the entering freshmen had needed remedial studies in English or math. University officials hoped to cut that number to 10% by 2007.

      The California legislature in September set up the nation's largest state-financed college scholarship program in the U.S., a plan providing at least $1.2 billion annually to pay tuition and other costs for all low-income students with a grade point average of at least C and all middle-income students with an average of B or higher. “Low income” was defined as annual earnings of $33,700 or less for a family of four and “middle-income” as $64,100 or less for a family of four. Grants would begin during the 2001–02 academic year.

      Distance-education programs continued to multiply. In India, where only about 6.5% of high-school graduates entered higher education, compared with 30% in developed nations, additional distance-education programs were being created to meet the huge demand for college degrees. By 2000, 63 of India's more than 200 universities furnished distance courses via the mail, radio, television, and computer networks.

      The U.S. Army intended to spend $600 million during the next six years to furnish laptop computers and distance-learning courses to all of its soldiers, a plan that potentially would produce one million distance-education students. The program was designed to improve the army's image and its ability to attract new recruits.

      With a start-up fund of $129 million, the British government established a University for Industry, which planned to focus on teaching vocational skills. The university's operating base would be 178 existing local learning centres, a number soon to be expanded to 250. Students would be able to access most courses through the World Wide Web. The initial course offerings were in the fields of accounting, information technology, and business management.

      Concern in China over rote-memorization instructional practices in the nation's 56 programs offering master's degrees in business administration inspired innovative educators to import business-education methods from Europe and the United States that emphasized the flexible problem-solving skills needed by real-life managers. Typical of the cooperative ventures was the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, funded jointly by the city government and the European Union. Another was Shanghai's Center for Business Skills Development, affiliated with Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, in Glendale, Ariz.

      In March the Canadian Association of University Teachers sent a letter to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien denouncing a 60-page report—titled Public Investments in University Research—Reaping the Benefits—that was published by Industry Canada, a federal government agency. The report had urged professors to focus their research on developing goods and services useful in the marketplace. The report also had recommended that professors' efforts to commercialize their research be recognized in tenure and promotion decisions. Association representatives contended that adopting such a policy would violate professors' freedom of inquiry and be devastating to many traditional fields of knowledge.

      Student political activities created difficulties for officials in Yugoslavia, Israel, Mexico, Iran, and the U.S. A Yugoslav organization named Otpor (Serbian for “resistance”) was created in 1998 by 15 students at the University of Belgrade. Within two years it had expanded to 126 chapters nationwide with nearly 30,000 members, most of them students dedicated to the organization's primary aim, the nonviolent removal of Slobodan Milosevic as Yugoslavia's president. During 2000, when police and Milosevic supporters discovered that detaining and interrogating Otpor members failed to stop the resistance movement, they increasingly administered violent beatings.

      After several relatively peaceful years for student groups on Israel's university campuses, violent demonstrations that pitted Arabs against Jews and university administrators broke out in April at the University of Haifa. The troubles soon spread to other campuses and continued during the following months. Arab students, who accounted for 18% of Haifa's enrollment, claimed that the university administration had violated their right of free speech and had refused to permit the teaching of some courses in Arabic rather than Hebrew, even though Arabic was one of the nation's official languages. Jewish students accused Arab politicians, and particularly those in the Communist Party, of inciting the demonstrations.

      A 91/2-month student strike at Mexico City's prestigious National Autonomous University ended in February when police removed 745 activists from the campus so that classes for the institution's 270,000 students could resume. Although many of the strikers' demands had been met, the more basic question of the university's proper role in Mexican society remained unsettled. The question was: Should the institution's primary aim be to emphasize academic excellence and research or to fulfill the ideal of providing education for everyone who sought it?

      In July police in Iran's capital, Tehran, used tear gas to disperse flower-bearing pro-democracy Iranian students who marched in peaceful protest on the anniversary of a 1999 bloody police attack on a university dormitory. Demonstrators who failed to leave the streets were later pursued by several hundred right-wing vigilantes armed with clubs and electrical cables. Observers suggested that the police action was an attempt by conservative Islamic religious forces to intimidate supporters of Pres. Mohammad Khatami's social reforms.

      In the U.S., representatives of the Students of Color Coalition seized the offices of Michigamua, a traditionally exclusive club at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where they found Native American artifacts and photos of Michigamua members engaged in rituals employing Native American regalia. The Students of Color charged that the club had violated a 1989 agreement to cease using Native American customs in their ceremonies. Coalition members demanded that the artifacts be returned to the Native Americans and that the university revoke its association with Michigamua.

R. Murray Thomas

▪ 2000

      Topics in education that commanded attention in 1999 included politicians' educational decisions, the supply of teachers, violence in the schools, church-state relationships, technological advances, university consortia, new types of higher-education institutions, and student political activities. School and college attendance in the U.S. set new records as 53.2 million pupils entered public and private schools (half a million more than in 1998) and 14.9 million enrolled in colleges. School enrollments, which had been increasing since 1985, were expected to continue rising until they reached a plateau in 2006.

Primary and Secondary Education.
      In the United States the two major political parties placed educational improvement at the centre of their agendas in an effort to cope with the growing population of learners and to remedy American students' poor test results as compared with the test performance of students in a variety of other nations. Pres. Bill Clinton proposed an Educational Excellence for All Children Act that would set federal guidelines for teacher training, student discipline, school performance, and promotion policies. The Clinton administration funneled additional funds into building new schools and into reducing early-grade class sizes by hiring 100,000 more teachers, which was a start toward supplying the estimated 2.2 million new teachers needed by 2010. Opponents of the administration's school-improvement plan argued that most innovative school programs were coming from states and localities and should not be hampered by federal directives but rather should be given autonomy to achieve results. The opponents contended that instead of investing federal dollars in school programs, federal moneys should be awarded directly to students.

      A critical shortage of teachers in the U.S. caused states to adopt a variety of strategies to attract and retain school personnel. Texas awarded all teachers a $3,000 raise. South Carolina passed legislation allowing retired teachers to rejoin the profession full-time at top salaries. In Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, and Mississippi, scholarships were awarded to students who agreed to teach in shortage fields (bilingual education, math, science, and special education). Numerous communities paid bonuses to newly hired teachers, with the amounts ranging from $1,000 in Maryland to $20,000 in Massachusetts. Buford, Ga., opened the nation's first child-care centre specifically for children of teachers.

      The issue of who determined science curricula in American schools pitted creationists against evolutionists in August when the Kansas state Board of Education prohibited any mention of Darwin's theory of evolution on state achievement tests and thereby effectively eliminated the theory from the curriculum. Kansas Gov. Bill Graves, a moderate Republican, called the board's action an embarrassment “so out of sync with reality” that it threatened the board's credibility. Critics of the decision charged that the board's move was an attempt on the part of religious fundamentalists to circumvent court rulings that over the past four years had overturned legislation in New Hampshire, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington designed to reduce or eliminate the teaching of Darwinism in public schools.

      After a series of school shootings and bombings, controversy intensified in the U.S. over the control of firearms and explosives. The most tragic episode occurred in April at Columbine High School in Littleton, Col., where two heavily armed boys killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 before they shot themselves to death. One month later a 15-year-old shot six students at a high school in Conyers, Ga. A number of similar episodes during 1998 had left a total of 7 dead and more than 30 wounded. This recent spree of teenage brutality brought renewed charges from parent groups and Congress that the widespread availability of guns and of violent videos, television programs, and movies was at least partially responsible for juvenile crime.

      Growing disorder in schools was also a concern in Japan, where reported acts of violence rose 24% in 1999 and truancy increased 21%. Within a public school population of 15 million, 35,246 cases of violence were recorded, including 18,400 incidents between children, 4,500 acts against teachers, and 10,400 episodes of damage to school property. Juvenile drug and alcohol abuse rose as well. Education officials blamed the increased disorder on strains in family life, parental permissiveness, and the deterioration of ties between teachers and students.

      In New South Wales, Australia, a study that included 3,918 pupils aged 12 to 16 showed that 24% of the pupils bullied classmates and 13% were victims of bullying. The research team noted that students who bullied or were bullied displayed more psychosomatic symptoms and poorer mental health than did their age-mates. Bullies tended to be unhappy with school. Pupils who were bullied tended to like school but also to feel lonely.

      The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5–4 decision, ruled that if students sexually harassed classmates and if school personnel did nothing to stop the harassment, then parents of the victims could sue the school district for damages. Critics of the decision contended that schools were not well equipped to cope with the perplexing problem of distinguishing between playful teasing and serious harassment. The four Supreme Court justices who dissented predicted that public schools would now be overwhelmed with lawsuits. Supporters of the decision, however, claimed that safeguards built into the ruling required evidence of serious, persistent harassment before a case could be brought to trial.

      Religious observances in public schools continued to be a source of contention in North America. In Saskatchewan a human rights commissioner denounced the daily recitation of the Lord's Prayer in about 100 provincial schools and urged authorities to amend the province's education act to prevent the adoption of sectarian practices by public schools. The U.S. House of Representatives in June attached four religion-related riders to a juvenile crime bill. The measures would permit the posting of the biblical Ten Commandments in public schools, encourage religious memorials in schools where students had been slain, discourage lawsuits that challenged schools' violations of the separation of church and state, and provide tax dollars to churches that operated social service programs for juveniles. Supporters of the riders promoted them as steps toward curbing juvenile crime by improving the moral climate of public schools. Legal authorities estimated that the Supreme Court would find such measures unconstitutional even if they were accepted by the Senate and President Clinton.

      The British government's newest effort to reduce the secondary-school dropout rate consisted of paying up to $65 per week to students from impoverished families who stayed in school after age 16. If the $165 million plan succeeded in 12 pilot districts, it would be extended nationwide at an annual cost of $486 million. The government expected 150,000 students to qualify for payments during the three-year trial.

      Ministers of education in both Greece and France met stiff opposition to their attempted secondary-school reforms. Greece's Gerasimos Arsenis sought to improve the quality of his country's education system by requiring students to take more exams. In response to the proposal, students in nearly all of the nation's 3,140 public secondary schools staged sit-ins or hunger strikes, burned dozens of effigies of Arsenis, and destroyed $5 million worth of desks and chairs used for building barricades. France's Claude Allégre attempted to reform the country's tradition-bound lycées by making minor adjustments in the national curriculum and by assigning teachers to give individual help to students who had trouble keeping up with their studies. Allégre's actions were motivated in part by an Education Ministry study showing that 20% of pupils entering secondary school had difficulty reading and 38% had failed to master simple arithmetic. Students reacted to Allégre's proposals with mass demonstrations, and teachers staged strikes.

      The Educational Testing Service's (ETS's) shift from paper-pencil tests to computerized tests of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) was suspended in 20 sub-Saharan African nations. The move was motivated by a drop in the number of students taking the test from 6,200 in 1997, when the paper-pencil version was used, to 2,600 in 1998, when the computerized version was introduced. Authorities faulted ETS for switching exclusively to computerized testing in countries that lacked even good roads and reliable electric service.

      In Uganda, where far fewer girls than boys had traditionally attended school, the government introduced an initiative requiring that at least two girls from each family enter school, with the costs paid by the Ministry of Education. The plan was coordinated with a campaign of posters and newspaper articles encouraging girls to stay in school rather than drop out early. The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education established the King ʿAbd al-ʿAziz Foundation for the Talented to identify gifted children and to design programs to develop their abilities. The ministry also introduced a plan to enroll handicapped children in regular classrooms along with their nonhandicapped age-mates. At an increasing pace, parents in China were sending their teenage children to be educated abroad, particularly at secondary schools in Australia, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

      American parents' disappointment with public schools' academic and character-building provisions led to increased interest in home schooling (see Sidebar (Learning at Home )) as well as a resurgence of private all-male military high schools. The 750 military academies that had been distributed across the U.S. in 1900 had dwindled to around 600 by 1950. A further sharp decline brought on by the antimilitary atmosphere of the 1960s and 1970s reduced the total to about 35, with small enrollments threatening even those few institutions. An upsurge in the economy in the 1980s and 1990s, however, combined with parents' diminishing confidence in public schools to send a new wave of students to military schools. Thus, by 1999 the remaining 35 were full and had waiting lists, despite annual tuition costs ranging from $6,500 to $20,000.

      China's State Council approved the creation of a modern long-distance education network to be developed over the first decade of the 21st century. The new facility would link a satellite video-transmission system with a computer network, permitting direct exchanges between students and their distant tutors, an arrangement not available in the country's 1999 satellite television-education system.

Higher Education.
      A coalition of 21 research universities from seven nations applied in Great Britain to become an incorporated commercial venture under the name Universitas 21. The member universities were from Australia (Melbourne, New South Wales, Queensland), Britain (Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nottingham), Canada (British Columbia, McGill, Toronto), China (Beijing, Fudon, Hong Kong), New Zealand (Auckland), Singapore (National University), and the U.S. (Michigan). The aim of the organization was to attract multinational business clients interested in exploiting the technology-transfer, commercialization of patents, and staff-training resources of the coalition's institutions. A European Consortium of Innovative Universities was formed by institutions from Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden in an effort to generate nonstate financial resources cooperatively and to share research, teaching strategies, management techniques, and school-to-work programs.

      China's Beijing University launched the country's first program to award a U.S. master's degree in business administration for work done entirely in Beijing. The program linked the Chinese university with a consortium of 26 Jesuit business schools in the U.S. The Medical University of Pecs in southern Hungary joined with the International Organization for Migration to inaugurate what university officials called the world's first postgraduate program in migrational medicine. The program was designed for doctors who planned to work with relief organizations, treat groups of immigrants and refugees, or develop international medical policies. Pakistan's first university for women, Fatima Jinnah Women University, opened with 350 students. Officials planned to expand the enrollment to 6,000 within 7 to 10 years. All students, faculty members, and administrators were to be female.

      Britain's highly successful Open University, which had offered instruction to distant learners via the mails and television since 1971, extended its operation to North America in the form of a United States Open University. The British Open University in 1999 enrolled 137,000 students from the U.K. and more than 20,000 others in Europe and elsewhere. The university annually sold 45,000 sets of books and employed 7,000 tutors, each of whom directed the work of about 20 students. The university's American counterpart, like its British ancestor, was scheduled to deliver courses by means of textbooks, videos, and multimedia material, plus tutorials that would be led by experienced academics and working professionals.

      Earning a college degree from an accredited institution that offered courses only on the Internet became possible in the U.S. when the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools put its stamp of approval on Jones International University's bachelor's and master's degree programs in business communications. Although many higher-education institutions furnished some instruction via the Internet, Jones became the first whose entire set of offerings was on-line. Courses were taught in eight-week segments, and the university's electronic library provided a research librarian whom students consulted by e-mail.

      The ability of live-video conferencing to link health educators in widely separated nations was demonstrated when medical students at Australia's Monash University, Clayton, Vic., carried on discussions via the Internet with high-school students in Soweto, S.Af., and a health official in Bangkok. Sponsors of the demonstration suggested that such a system of telemedicine could significantly improve the training of doctors and village health care workers in rural areas of less-developed countries.

      Adequately financing higher education posed a challenge throughout the world. Institutions in the U.S. continued to diversify their sources of funds in order to pay the rising costs of higher education. Programs in continuing education, which offered courses for adults as part-time students, accounted for half of the nation's college enrollments and added annual revenues totaling $150 million at Harvard University, $92 million at New York University, and $25 million at the University of California, San Diego. Research that produced cancer-fighting drugs brought in $160 million in royalties for Michigan State University from pharmaceutical companies and $45 million during a single year for Florida State University.

      Irish universities were urged to solicit money from sources outside the government, but fund-raising efforts suffered from the lack of a clear-cut policy about the extent of government responsibility in higher education. Art Cosgrove, president of University College, Dublin, said, “Donors don't want to let the state off the hook.” In contrast, state policy in Denmark prohibited the solicitation of money from private bodies for fear such funds would bring improper influence to bear on universities. University officials in Belgium doubted the feasibility of trying to raise private funds, because of the absence in their society of a “culture of contributions.”

      A drastic enrollment drop in South Africa's traditionally black universities was accounted for by more black students attending formerly all-white institutions and by fewer students qualifying for university admission. Attendance at the University of Fort Hare, Alice, the nation's oldest black institution, dropped from 5,000 in 1998 to 2,500 in 1999. Enrollment at the University of the North, Pietersburg, declined from 15,000 in 1995 to 5,500 in 1999. Decreasing enrollments were accompanied by growing financial deficits (in 1999 a $12.5 million loss at Fort Hare and $14 million at the University of the North), and the survival of several of the schools was thus in question. Ahmed Essop, chief higher-education official in the Ministry of Education, estimated that overspending in the endangered institutions resulted from inadequate financial-control systems and a lack of management skills.

      Uganda's minister of education, Francis Babu, was expelled from the master of business administration program at Makerere University, Kampala, for not having a bachelor's degree. University officials refused to accept Babu's commercial pilot's license from Oxford Flying School in Britain as the equivalent of an undergraduate academic diploma.

      Egyptian censors banned 94 of 500 books they reviewed at American University, Cairo, an action defended by Egypt's higher-education minister, Mufid Shihab, who said the government allowed free thinking but rejected “violations of its values and traditions.” Egypt's Writers Union condemned the act, charging that “banning or withdrawing any book from the market or public libraries is an attack on the law and on Egypt's intelligence.”

      The Russian Federation's dire economic conditions led to a lively black market in the sale of diplomas to individuals who needed evidence of a university education in order to compete for good jobs. In 1999 foreign observers in Moscow discovered that street vendors would supply a blank, officially stamped diploma from a respected university for $800, allowing the purchaser to enter a major field of study and graduation date. For $10,000, a customer could buy a stamped, signed diploma complete with an official serial number. When enrolled in a university, students could also pay faculty members to award them high grades or to admit them into desirable programs.

      Japan's Ministry of Education announced that, starting in 2001, foreign students who had not attended Japanese primary and secondary schools would be permitted to take entrance examinations to enter state universities. In the past, foreign students were allowed to sit for entrance examinations only at private universities.

      Australian Aboriginals celebrated the dedication of the nation's first university for indigenous people—the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in the Northern Territory, with the name derived from the town (Batchelor) in which the campus was located. The institute was an outgrowth of an earlier vocational-education facility. Thus, at the time of the institute's inauguration, there were already 2,000 students in 30 programs managed by a staff of 210. With the establishment of the institute, Aboriginals owned and controlled an autonomous, degree-granting higher-education authority. Throughout Australia nearly 8,000 Aboriginals attended universities in 1999, representing an increase of 60% over the previous five years. Aboriginal leaders were dissatisfied with several recent government actions, however. They condemned a plan to cut funds for Abstudy, a financial-support program for indigenous students. They also denounced the conservative Northern Territory government's elimination of bilingual education for blacks. These objectionable government moves were seen by Aboriginals as support for the recently created (1997) right-wing One Nation Party, which advocated abolishing federal spending for Aboriginal education and health care.

      Student political activities drew attention in several nations. At the University of Tehran, police and civilian vigilantes attacked students who supported efforts of the nation's president, Mohammad Khatami, to reduce the strict control over university life wielded by conservative religious forces. In Mexico City a small collection of radical students blocked entrances to buildings at Mexico's largest higher-education facility, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, with an enrollment of 260,000, for several months in protest against university officials' plans to raise tuition costs for the first time in 51 years. In response, most faculty members held classes at off-campus locations, which thereby enabled an estimated 190,000 students to complete their examinations and earn full credit for the semester.

      Bulgarian students were angered by their government's publication of a list of 79 diseases and personal characteristics that universities could use to disqualify applicants from taking entrance examinations. The list included such conditions as AIDS, heart disease, and missing fingers. In Kenya students at the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University rioted for three days to protest the sale of public forest land on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Robert Murray Thomas

▪ 1999

      Noteworthy educational events in 1998 concerned achievement testing, the expansion of information technology, educational policy controversies, cross-national cooperation in higher education, methods of financing schools, and student protests. In some predominantly Muslim countries, controversy arose over the schooling of girls and the teaching of the Qurʾan.

Primary and Secondary Education.
      In a study of 34 nations by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Norway and Belgium had the highest percentage of high-school students who graduated, each with 100%. The seven next highest were Japan (99%), Finland (98%), Poland (94%), New Zealand (93%), Portugal (91%), South Korea (91%), and Russia (88%). Germany ranked 11th (86%), France 13th (85%), Canada 22nd (73%), the United States 24th (72%), Argentina 32nd (34%), and Mexico 34th (26%). According to the study's director, Andreas Schleicher, rates in the U.S. had remained much the same over the years, whereas many other nations had rapidly increased their rates in recent times.

      Test results were reported for students in the final year of secondary school who participated in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. The program's three tests focused on science-mathematics literacy, advanced mathematics, and physics. Among 21 nations represented in the science-mathematics literacy program, the highest average scores were in The Netherlands and Sweden, with Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland somewhat lower. Countries performing below the international average were, in descending order, Hungary, Russia, Italy, the U.S., Lithuania, Cyprus, and South Africa. In all 21 countries except South Africa, males had significantly higher average achievement than females. Students who made the greatest use of electronic calculators during the testing performed better than those who made less use of them. The nine nations in which more than 50% of students reported using computers weekly were Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the U.S.

      Achievement tests for advanced mathematics and physics were administered in 16 countries. France ranked at the top in advanced mathematics, followed by Russia, Switzerland, Denmark, Cyprus, and Lithuania. The lowest average scores were in the Czech Republic, Germany, the U.S., and Austria. In physics Norway and Sweden were significantly higher than the other nations, followed by Russia and Denmark. The lowest physics scores were in France, the Czech Republic, Austria, and the U.S.

      In the U.S. the school voucher and charter school movements continued to gain momentum. Typical voucher programs conducted by selected states and cities furnished parents a stipend ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 per year to help pay the cost of sending a child to a school of the parents' choice. Whereas in 1994 only 45% of respondents in a nationwide Gallup Poll endorsed voucher plans, in a 1998 survey 51% favoured full or partial government subsidies to pay tuition costs at any public, private, or church-related school. Support for vouchers was also expressed in legal decisions and monetary contributions from nongovernmental sources. The U.S. Supreme Court accepted the Wisconsin Supreme Court's ruling that the state's voucher program did not violate the constitutional separation of church and state. This allowed Wisconsin to continue its voucher plan, under which many holders of vouchers enrolled their children in private schools. The growing list of donors offering voucher funds for poor families included officials of Gulfstream Aerospace and Wal-Mart Stores ($200 million), New York City's School Choice Scholarship Foundation ($11 million), and patrons of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York ($10 million). Advocates of vouchers asserted that such plans improved education by allowing parents to decide where to have their children educated and by fostering healthy competition between schools. Opponents contended that vouchers not only breached the law separating church and state but also siphoned off the best students from public schools and allowed private schools to reject less-competent and handicapped pupils.

      The first charter school in the U.S. opened in Minnesota in 1992. By the end of 1998, about 700 such schools were operating in 23 states and enrolling an estimated 165,000 students. The American version of a charter school was a primary or secondary institution financed by public funds but managed by either a nonprofit or a profit-making organization. The typical charter school was free to create its own curriculum, hire noncredentialed teachers, and monitor its own fiscal affairs. Such an arrangement, long practiced in other nations, was accompanied in the U.S. by heated debate. To evaluate the quality of charter schools, journalists visited dozens of them in the two states with the most charter institutions (Arizona and Michigan) and concluded that some of the schools were excellent but that many others displayed serious shortcomings—weak curricula, poor teaching, substandard buildings, and financial abuses.

      A growing debate in the U.S. was concerned with whether students should hold jobs while attending school. A study conducted at the University of Massachusetts reported that in some communities as many as 80% of high-school students engaged in some sort of employment, with nearly half of them working 20 hours or more each week. Advocates of school-plus-work maintained that having a job builds self-confidence and teaches youths responsibility, economic self-reliance, and the ability to get along with customers and fellow employees. Critics worried that a job, particularly one that required more than 20 hours a week, deprived students of needed sleep and exercise, diverted their attention from school tasks, resulted in a shallow education, and left little time for social life.

      In the U.S. the failure of educators to persuade teachers to enrich their lessons with advanced technology motivated officials of the Olympia, Wash., school district to create an 18-week course for training secondary-school students in computer technology so that those students could then help teachers improve their use of technology to enhance instruction. News of the success of the Olympia program caused other school systems to adopt the plan.

      In addition to forbidding students to carry guns or knives, American schools began to outlaw the laser pointer—a device in the shape of a pen or large bullet that could cast a red laser beam on anyone or anything within a quarter of a mile. Not only did teachers condemn laser pointers for disrupting classroom instruction, but critics also warned of likely damage to eyesight if the beam was directed into the eyes.

      Disappointing test results among black secondary-school seniors caused South African officials to question the effectiveness of their postapartheid public-school system. Over a one-year period the percentage of blacks passing the national matriculation exam dropped from 58.5% to 52.2%. During the three years of postapartheid South Africa, the former black, white, and Coloured (mixed race) education systems were slowly being merged, with the hope that test results for blacks would gradually improve. The current condition of the education system's infrastructure suggested, however, that this hope would not soon be realized, as 51% of schools still lacked textbooks and 57% were without electricity.

      Research in five countries (Mauritius, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) of the 12-nation Southern African Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality led to a variety of educational policy recommendations. Prominent among the suggestions were the proposals that parental support of children's schooling be increased through use of parent meetings, educational forums, and radio programs; that teachers receive specific training in how best to work with parents; and that each government set a national policy concerning the frequency and amount of homework for different grades in its schools. A new study was launched for the 1998-2001 period to provide information about reading and mathematics achievement at the sixth-grade level that could guide governments' educational decisions in the 10 nations.

      Teaching computer literacy became an increasingly high priority in much of the world. The British plan for a "national grid for learning" set the year 2003 as the time that all 32,000 U.K. schools would be linked to the Internet. By late 1998 more than 6,000 schools were already linked. The plan was supported by a private charity organization, UK NetYear, which offered free E-mail address services to pupils and teachers along with a multimedia program for teachers titled "Computers Don't Bite." Initial funding included £50 million (U.S. $82.5 million) from the central government and £50 million from local authorities, with an additional £230 million ($380 million) for teacher training derived from the national lottery.

      Ireland's education minister, Michael Martin, announced his government's intention to establish Ireland as the "information services hub" for Europe by ensuring that all Irish children were computer literate by the end of their school career. In pursuit of this goal, the government planned to increase annual spending on education from $3.3 billion in 1997 to $4.6 billion by 2002. Of that amount, $71 million would be used to acquire information and communications equipment, training, curriculum manuals, and Internet connections for 4,000 schools.

      A new national education policy in Botswana aimed to prepare students for an industrial economy driven by information technology. A key feature of the plan would be a computer awareness program in all secondary and tertiary institutions. The program, organized in a 10-year basic computer education curriculum, was designed to develop students' skills in word processing and the use of spreadsheets and databases.

      China's new primary-school policies—introduced in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and selected provinces—reduced children's homework load by 50% and replaced the age-old 100-mark-exam tradition with a system that rated students' performance as excellent, good, pass, or fail. Sixty percent of a child's grade would be based on overall achievement and 40% on behaviour. Supporters of the change claimed it would improve children's mental health and allow them time for leisure reading, painting, and club activities. Critics worried that the change would make students lazy, decreasing their effort to work as diligently as they had under the 100-mark system.

      In South Korea a new primary-school textbook came under fire from conservative forces for portraying life in North Korea in too favourable a light. Government officials charged the author, Lee Chang Hee, with violating South Korea's national security law, but Lee's supporters contended that his "open attitude" toward the North was necessary if the North and South were ever to be united.

      Struggles between Japanese conservatives and liberals intensified over issues of teaching patriotism in the schools. In Tokorozawa High School students refused to participate in graduation ceremonies that involved the nation's flag and the national anthem, an act that reflected the national teachers union policy of resisting the use of the flag and anthem in schools. At the same time, the Ministry of Education directed all schools to fly the flag and sing the anthem. The new film Pride was lauded by conservatives for portraying Gen. Hideki Tojo, the architect of Japan's military conquests in World War II, as a gentle family man who was the victim of American bigotry.

      Evaluators of a voucher system that had operated in Chile since 1980 concluded that allowing parents to use a government tuition coupon to send their children to any school of their choice did not result in private schools' providing better education than public ones. Competition between public and private schools also did not raise the overall quality of education or reduce its costs. Instead, the new instructional materials, technical assistance, and teacher in-service training provided by the government was credited with the improved test scores that students had achieved in recent years.

      Afghanistan's Taliban Islamic fundamentalist government moved further in restricting educational opportunities for females by ordering the closing of private schools that had been teaching girls in defiance of the government's policy of keeping women and girls at home. Foreign-aid representatives reported that in 107 such schools in the nation's capital city of Kabul, half of the 6,500 children enrolled had been girls. Under a new set of rules, the schools could be licensed to reopen if they admitted girls no older than age eight and if the curriculum consisted solely of lessons about the Qurʾan.

      As a means of curbing Islamic activism in Turkey, the government closed dozens of Qurʾan schools, banned weekend and summer Qurʾan courses, and placed additional restrictions on religious instruction in the remaining Islamic institutions. Under the court ruling only children who had completed their eight years of required secular education could be taught about the Qurʾan, and the lowest age at which students could enroll was raised from 12 to 15. In addition, the president of the University of Istanbul, Kemal Alemdaroglu, banned from the campus men with Islamic-style beards and women wearing head scarves. Alemdaroglu's edict resulted in protest demonstrations by 2,000 Muslim students.

      Opinion questionnaires filled out by two million French secondary-school students revealed their overwhelming enthusiasm for sex education and for letting students grade themselves. The study also showed widespread concern among teenagers about finding a job in view of a national unemployment rate exceeding 12%.

Higher Education.
      In the U.S. controversy increased over colleges' affirmative-action practices that had been introduced two decades earlier to admit students from disadvantaged minorities who had substandard entrance-test scores. After the University of California eliminated its affimative-action program, similar programs in the states of Texas, Michigan, and Washington came under attack by critics of preferential treatment for minority groups. In response to such attacks, students and professors at 25 colleges across the nation coordinated an array of rallies, lectures, and "walkout" strikes under the title "National Day of Action to Defend Affirmative Action." Advocates of affirmative-action programs contended that having more African-American and Hispanic students on campus was of educational value by introducing the white majority to minority students and their cultures. In defense of affirmative action, the University of Michigan's president, Lee Bollinger, asserted that "a classroom that does not have a significant representation from members of different races produces an impoverished discussion."

      A pact aimed at reducing alcohol abuse among students on American campuses was signed by 24 colleges in the Boston area. Included among the 50 items in the pact were measures for encouraging first-year students to live in alcohol-free housing, for providing more alcohol-free social events, and for banning liquor at sororities' and fraternities' recruiting events. The colleges also planned regular meetings with police, community groups, and owners of liquor stores and nightclubs to improve the enforcement of laws prohibiting underage drinking. The pact was created in the wake of the binge-drinking deaths of three underage students at fraternity parties in separate institutions (the University of Iowa, Louisiana State University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology[MIT]). During 1998 an increasing number of national fraternities pledged to maintain alcohol-free housing after July 1, 2000.

      At a rapidly increasing pace, American colleges were requiring each student to own a personal computer or to have one available. During 1998 in Georgia, Floyd College in Rome and Clayton College and State University in Morrow, cooperated with local businesses to provide every student with a laptop computer, Internet access, and a student identity card that served as both a phone card and a credit card. At Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., each entering student was obliged to own a computer. Eighty percent of first-year students at New York University brought computers with them when they arrived, and the remaining 20% gained access to them in computer laboratories, in the library, and in the student centre. At Wellesley (Mass.) College, as on most college campuses, every new student was furnished an E-mail address and access to World Wide Web services. Nearly 70% of all courses at Wellesley used Internet technology in some form, such as allowing students to E-mail completed homework assignments to their professors or to run virtual experiments in class. Cleveland (Ohio) State University and MIT allowed students to register for courses from home by means of a computer modem connection.

      In late May France's oldest university, the Sorbonne, celebrated its 800th anniversary with seminars, celebrations, and an appeal for greater cooperation between European universities so as to provide more academic mobility for students and scholars. The festivities were attended by the education ministers of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, who pledged to try "harmonizing" degree programs in Europe so that there would be just two principal cycles of study, undergraduate and graduate. All four ministers supported a proposal to award students credit in their home universities for studies they pursued in other European Union (EU) countries.

      In the Erasmus program for the exchange of students between EU nations, Britain was the most popular recipient country, with 19,600 candidates from other European nations. France was second with 14,086 exchange students, and Germany third with 9,700. Among EU countries Germany provided the greatest number of exchange students, 13,000.

      As part of the Chinese government's effort to simplify bureaucratic procedures, several key universities throughout the nation were given permission to set their own student selection and enrollment regulations, choose their own teaching materials, and establish graduation requirements. This devolution of power included permitting universities to enroll foreign students directly rather than relying on the central government to determine which applicants to accept from abroad. According to government figures, during the year China was host to 40,000 foreign students, many of them from less-developed countries.

      The Malaysian government issued to Australia's Monash University, Clayton, the first license to establish a branch of a foreign university on Malaysian soil. The Monash program was expected eventually to enroll as many as 5,000 students, offering them a comprehensive array of studies that included degree programs in business management, engineering, and information technology. The decision to accept foreign institutions was motivated by Malaysian officials' concern over the drain of currency and talent that resulted from 50,000 Malaysian students' studying abroad in 1998.

      In a similar move Indonesian authorities for the first time allowed foreign institutions to establish programs in their country as joint ventures with Indonesian universities. The new policy was partly a result of the nation's economic crises that were preventing many students from carrying out their plans to study abroad. As a further step toward expanding the international scope of the country's higher-education system, all Indonesian universities could now teach a broad range of subjects in English, a practice limited in the past to language courses.

      Enrollment in The Sudan's Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, reached more than 4,500, despite efforts of the country's fundamentalist Islamic government to curtail the institution's operation. Ahfad was originally established in 1907 as a private girls' school by a reformist Muslim, Babiker Bedri, under the British-Egyptian colonial administration. In 1998 the university was headed by the founder's grandson, Gasim Bedri, who espoused a philosophy of increasing women's independence through education.

      Administrators at Thailand's Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, threatened to reduce the grades of women students who persisted in wearing miniskirts on campus. Authorities asserted that short skirts violated the Thai cultural expectation that women behave in a modest fashion so as not to entice sexual predators. To illustrate their concerns, officials displayed posters around the campus showing a crocodile salivating at the sight of a woman in a miniskirt.

      Israel's finance minister, Yaakov Neeman, sought to abolish the government's half-century practice of subsidizing every man who wanted to study in a Jewish religious academy (yeshiva) for as long as the man wished. The approximately 30,000 yeshiva students not only received government grants but also were exempt from the military draft. Neeman's proposal was intended to pressure studious men to leave the yeshiva and take employment in the country's high-technology sector, which was very short of personnel.

      The Israeli Ministry of Finance also launched an investigation of "excessive salary increases" in the nation's top universities. Salaries of several officials at Tel Aviv University surpassed those of the country's president and two senior judges on the Supreme Court. The term excessive was defined as at least five percentage points above the standard rate of increase set in collective-bargaining agreements between the government and public-employee labour unions.

      The number of students at Al-Azhar University on the Gaza Strip rose from 10,500 in 1997 to 14,000 in 1998 as enrollments continued to rise in the region's Palestinian higher-education institutions. Officials attributed the rapid growth to the increased numbers of overseas Palestinians returning home in recent years and to Israeli security measures that prevented young people in Gaza from traveling to the West Bank to attend institutions there.

      The Japanese government planned to combine the nation's Science and Technology Agency with the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture to form a new Ministry of Education. Supporters of the merger asserted that the new organization would strengthen both the funding and the quality of research.

      Financial incentives to attract bright foreign students were offered in a variety of nations. As a means of encouraging students from other Asian countries to continue their higher education in Japan, the Japanese government established a fund to provide $390 per year for each student whose home nation's currency had declined in the recent recession. The plan applied to students from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand. Canadian universities, facing declining enrollments, sought to draw more students from the U.S. by reducing tuition costs. For example, Windsor (Ont.) University lowered tuition for foreign students from Can$9,188 to Can$5,000 (Can$1 = U.S. $0.67).

      The favourite areas of study in Russia's higher-education system in 1998 contrasted dramatically with the favourites two decades earlier. In 1978 more than two-thirds of Russian college students had been in departments of engineering, medicine, agriculture, and pure and applied sciences. By 1998 fewer than one-quarter of students were in engineering, whereas more than 25% were enrolled in economics, up from 10% in the 1980s. In addition, increased numbers were enrolled in language courses and such new fields as environmental studies. A survey of 14-year-olds in Moscow revealed that the majority wanted to go into business as high-level professionals—21% as economists or accountants, 20% as lawyers, 18% as financiers, and 14% as entrepreneurs. Around 2% chose each of the following occupations—politician, journalist, computer operator, physician, diplomat, bank teller, fashion model, car salesperson, translator, and hairdresser.

      Higher-education institutions in many parts of the world struggled to operate with diminishing financial resources. During 1998 the German government spent only 0.92% of the gross national product on higher education, compared with 1.32% in 1978. Over the same 20-year period, enrollment in the 296 state-run institutions expanded from one million to 1.8 million students. The result was too few instructors, overflowing lecture halls, deferred maintenance projects, inadequate library resources, and deteriorating laboratory equipment. To help reduce overcrowded classrooms, proponents of reform recommended shortening the six years typically taken to earn a university diploma.

      Canadian universities, faced with one-third to one-quarter less public financing than five years earlier, increasingly generated funds through connections with private corporations. At a growing rate faculties and buildings were renamed for donors, training programs were created for businesses, and research was designed to serve the needs of private industry. In 1997 the federal government encouraged this trend by agreeing to fund permanently the Can$47.4 million annual budget of the Centres of Excellence program that was designed to bring universities together with corporate partners and "accelerate the transfer of knowledge from universities to the private sector." Critics of close ties with corporations worried that schools were becoming too dependent on the whims of "unselected people with deep pockets" and that an injurious fiscal gap had developed between less-practical arts-oriented disciplines and business-friendly programs. As a further trend, from 1985/86 to 1994/95 tuition had risen 134% so that in some universities students now paid nearly one-third of their school's operating costs.

      Faculty and staff members in 51 of Brazil's 52 federal universities brought undergraduate education to a standstill in a strike over wages, leaving 420,000 students without classes to attend. Minister of Education Paulo Renato Souza refused to negotiate the strikers' demand for a 48% salary increase until they returned to work. Although more than half of Brazil's 1.6 million students attended private institutions, public universities were the source of most of the country's academic research and prestigious degree programs.

      Across Russia thousands of students and staff members staged demonstrations to protest overdue faculty wage payments, tuition increases, and staff layoffs. By March the government owed nearly $10 billion in back wages to the nation's combined public workforce, of which higher-education personnel were a part.

      Students' dissatisfaction with political events or campus conditions led to demonstrations in various nations. In India youths at the University of Delhi expressed their displeasure with the American criticism of India's nuclear tests by boycotting Coca-Cola and Pepsi products. Indonesian students were in the forefront of rallies that forced their nation's president, Suharto, to resign after 32 years in office. Kenyatta University, one of five national universities in Kenya, was shut down by antigovernment student demonstrators protesting ethnic violence in which more than 120 were killed. Later a mob of 3,000 students from Kenya's University of Nairobi demonstrated against a policy of lowering standards for medical school applicants; they chased off 24 riot police by throwing stones and chunks of wood.

      In Belgrade police broke up a protest by several thousand students and faculty members who objected to the Serbian parliament's approval of a law that reduced university autonomy by giving the Yugoslav Education Ministry the power to appoint rectors and deans. In Oman food poisoning was the target of the first student protest in more than 30 years, as 300 youths from the Institute of Health Sciences marched with banners blaming the institute's catering personnel for serving tainted chicken in the cafeteria. Students at National Taiwan University staged a hunger strike to protest their university president's trip to the capital of China to attend Beijing University's centennial celebration.


▪ 1998

      Important educational issues in 1997 included students' mathematics and science achievement, schooling opportunities for girls, values education, adult education, international higher-education coalitions, new university programs, and student protest movements.

      In the United States a concerted focus on growth, change, and reform marked the year. Among the major trends were efforts to establish academic standards and tests to assess students' academic progress, a continuing movement for alternative educational arrangements such as charter schools, concerns over the deterioration of schools' physical plants, rising costs of higher education, efforts to infuse information technology into schools, the encouragement of character-education programs, and efforts to devise and implement effective training programs for unemployed and underemployed adults whose skills were obsolete or dated. The focus on change and reform took place in a national educational context in which 66.1 million students were enrolled in schools and colleges, and 4 million persons were employed as elementary and secondary teachers and as college faculty. An additional 4.4 million were employed as administrators and professional staff and support persons.

Primary and Secondary Education.
      Initial test results were announced for the primary- and middle-school students who participated in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). In the world's largest cross-national testing program, the skills of 500,000 students from 15,000 schools in 45 nations were assessed. For most countries the assessments were done at three levels of the schooling hierarchy: primary grades 3-4, middle-school grades 7-8, and the final year or two of secondary school.

      Among the 41 nations in the middle-school study, the five highest in mathematics at the eighth-grade level were, in descending order, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Flemish Belgium. The five lowest were Portugal, Iran, Kuwait, Colombia, and South Africa. France ranked 13th, Canada 18th, Germany 23rd, England 25th, and the United States 28th. The five highest in science were Singapore, the Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea, and Bulgaria. The five lowest were Iran, Cyprus, Kuwait, Colombia, and South Africa. England ranked 10th, the U.S. 17th, Germany 18th, Canada 19th, and France 28th.

      In a move toward greater participation in the worldwide educational community, nine former Soviet bloc nations joined the IEA middle-school testing program. In the eighth-grade, 41-nation comparison, the nine Central and Eastern European countries earned the following ranks in mathematics: Czech Republic 6th, Slovakia 7th, Slovenia 10th, Bulgaria 11th, Hungary 14th, Russia 15th, Latvia 30th, Romania 34th, and Lithuania 35th. The ranks in science were: Czech Republic 2nd, Bulgaria 5th, Slovenia 7th, Hungary 9th, Slovakia 13th, Russia 14th, Romania 31st, Latvia 32nd, and Lithuania 35th.

      Among the 26 countries that tested fourth-grade students, the top five countries in science were South Korea, Japan, the U.S., Austria, and Australia. The lowest five were Portugal, Cyprus, Thailand, Iran, and Kuwait. England was 8th, Canada 9th, and Singapore 10th. In mathematics the top five nations were Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and The Netherlands. The lowest five were Thailand, Portugal, Iceland, Iran, and Kuwait. The U.S. ranked 12th, Canada 13th, and England 17th. Results of the IEA secondary-school testing were scheduled for release in 1998.

      Efforts to promote educational opportunities for girls were expanded in various parts of the world. In Africa UNICEF established a large number of community-operated primary schools in Burkina Faso, Mali, Egypt, and Zambia, offering equal access to schooling for girls and boys. In Kenya teaching and learning materials for the schools were revised to eliminate gender stereotyping. In Zimbabwe courses for parents and school administrators were organized to increase community support for gender equality of educational opportunity. In South Asia Bangladesh introduced part-time study programs for girls who worked, and Pakistan established a mobile teacher-training project. A French Parliament report criticized sexist portrayals of women in school textbooks. Definitions in children's dictionaries associated gentle, passive, and home-based qualities with females and assertive qualities with males. In the nation's official primary-school history book, the only two women studied were Marie Curie and Joan of Arc.

      Social activists in India sought to enroll more members of the nation's child labour force (estimated to be as high as 100 million) in mandatory primary education. The goal of the project was to stem the recruitment of poorly educated boys from rural areas into indentured servitude in urban factories. Typical of the reform efforts was the program at the Mufti Ashram rehabilitation centre in New Delhi, where indentured children received three months of training that included basic literacy classes.

      Curriculum reforms in India took a more nationalistic turn as a growing number of foundation-sponsored private schools supplemented the government syllabus with studies of Indian culture, music, philosophy, and Sanskrit language. In addition, uniforms in many convent schools were replaced by traditional Indian garb. Hindu nationalists of the Bharatiya Janata Party sought to replace Western science in schools by introducing Vedic mathematics and the ancient science of vastu shastra. Party spokesmen charged that Western science was a source of imperialism and rationalism that conflicted with Hindu tradition.

      No abrupt changes accompanied the political transfer of Hong Kong from British governance to control by China on July 1. The smooth transition was due to revisions that Hong Kong education officials had gradually introduced over the 13-year period since the transfer date was determined in 1984.

      The revisions featured such new subjects in the curriculum as China's national spoken version of Chinese language (putonghua) and public-affairs classes that stressed the combined place of China and Hong Kong in world affairs. Existing syllabi were altered to provide a politicized historical framework relevant to Hong Kong's national identity under China, and British colonial history was deleted from the course of study. The number of schools employing English as the medium of instruction was also reduced in favour of Cantonese and putonghua. During the first week of July, Tung Chee-hwa (see BIOGRAPHIES (Tung Chee-hwa )), Hong Kong's chief executive under its new status as a special administrative district of China, set educational development as a top priority. He committed his administration to upgrading the teaching force so that all teachers in primary and secondary schools would have both a university degree and professional qualifications in education.

      The study of values was emphasized in several countries. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the introduction of new values into the nation's education system, with the approach modeled after religious nationalism. The proposed program would include such topics as sex education and traffic safety. Critics, however, feared the plan would impose a single group's values on the entire school system. The publication of guidelines for sex education in Nigeria officially encouraged the study of sexual behaviour in the health programs for schools and youth groups. In Russia research revealed that young people were increasingly becoming sexually active as a result of liberal attitudes toward sex in the mass media. When public opinion surveys found the majority of Russians in favour of sex education, the government established a project targeted at educating youth.

      After three decades of legal delays engineered by Japan's Ministry of Education, the nation's Supreme Court, in a 3-2 decision, found the ministry guilty of having eliminated from a high-school history book an account of World War II atrocities committed by Japan's military forces in northern China. The ruling brought to a successful close the efforts of the textbook author, historian Saburo Ienaga, to have ministry officials censured for having illegally deleted portions of his work that they found politically unsavoury. The disputed passages were restored to Ienaga's textbook.

      Agitation by Romania's ethnic Hungarian minority, numbering some two million, for the use of minority languages in education continued. High-school final examinations could now be taken in Romanian. New regulations also provided for teaching in students' mother tongues for a range of subjects that previously had been only in Romanian.

      Adult-education efforts progressed in The Sudan and in China. The mobile tent-school program for lower-primary-grade children of nomadic tribes in The Sudan added 126 new schools by early 1997 and expanded the project's offerings to include literacy and self-improvement classes for adults. A special school for divorced couples in China's Jian province completed its fifth year with a record of success in reducing the number of divorces in the region. The school was established to teach divorcing couples constructive methods of handling family disputes by means of a three-month course consisting of classroom instruction, individual counseling, and the analysis of court cases featuring marriage law, the effects of divorce on children, and causes of family disorder.

      Between 1985 and 1996, public elementary- and secondary-school enrollments in the U.S. increased 16%. The greatest growth occurred in the elementary grades, where enrollment rose 21% over the same period, from 27 million to a record high of 32.8 million in 1996. Public elementary enrollments were projected at 33.2 million for 1997. After having declined 8% from 1985 to 1990, high-school enrollments rose 15% from 1990 to 1996, for a net increase of 5%. Private-school enrollments grew more slowly, from 5.6 million in 1985 to 5.8 million in 1996.

      It was in this context that U.S. Pres. Bill Clinton delivered the 1997 state of the union message to Congress on February 4. In the speech Clinton gave education the highest priority in his second term. His 10-point series of education recommendations included continuing the "America Reads" initiative of tutorial programs to improve children's reading scores so that every eight-year-old is able to read; free access for public schools to the Internet to ensure that every 12-year-old is able to log on; developing and adopting national standards for elementary- and junior-high-school students; developing national tests to improve fourth and eighth graders' achievement in mathematics and reading; establishing standards for teachers based on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards so that 100,000 teachers can seek certification as "master teachers"; continued support for charter schools, with a goal of establishing 3,000 such schools; continued support for early childhood-education programs, especially expanding enrollment in Head Start to one million children by 2002; emphasis on character education to improve citizenship skills and curb violence and drug abuse; $5 billion for new school construction; tax deduction—up to $10,000 per year—for college students; and continued expansion of worker-training programs. Seeking to avoid charges of federal intrusion into state and local educational prerogatives, Clinton proposed national rather than federal government standards. Clinton's proposals would cost $51 billion, a 20% increase over the current budget and the largest educational funding package in U.S. history.

      Spurred by Clinton's recommendation for voluntary national standards, the U.S. Department of Education began developing such yardsticks in reading (for fourth graders) and in mathematics (for eighth graders). The tests were to be based on content frameworks developed for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and were expected to be ready for use in states and local school districts in 1999. Recently released findings from the NAEP 1996 assessment of American students at grades 4, 8, and 12 in mathematics revealed improvements in performance over the 1990 and 1992 assessments.

      The charter-school movement gained momentum in the U.S. in 1997, attracting support as an alternative pattern of public-school organization. Though they were public (nonsectarian and publicly funded), charter schools provided an alternative to more conventional institutions. By late 1997, 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico had passed legislation that allowed local districts to issue charters—special agreements—to teachers and other groups to establish schools with innovative programs. Charter schools are characterized as follows: (l) the state authorizes organizations to establish and operate charter schools and issues a waiver freeing them from many public-school regulations; (2) the school is public; (3) the school, through its charter, is responsible for students' academic progress; (4) the school provides choice for educators and parents. As of 1996, approximately 80,000 students were attending 500 charter schools, most of which were elementary schools. Approximately 60% of these schools were small, with enrollments of fewer than 200 students.

      Although the momentum for charter schools continued, the movement that would use state vouchers to allow children to attend nonpublic schools received a setback in Wisconsin. A decision by Wisconsin state Judge Paul Higginbotham blocked a plan to expand use of public funds to enable impoverished children in Milwaukee to attend religious schools.

      The Board of Education of Oakland, Calif., revised a controversial plan, adopted in 1996, that recognized "Ebonics," a vernacular form of English spoken by some African-Americans, as a language to be used in instruction. The board, on Jan. 15, 1997, removed phrasing that suggested that some students would be taught in Ebonics rather than standard English. In California a ballot referendum seemed likely on an initiative that proposed eliminating bilingual education; in 1997 approximately 1.3 million of California's 5 million students participated in some form of bilingual education.

      In curriculum and instruction, constructivism, collaborative learning, and whole-language learning continued to be popular in the U.S., especially in elementary schools. Stressing problem solving, these methods encouraged students to construct their own knowledge base by direct group interaction with materials present in the environment.

      On May 2 Paulo Freire, the most prominent figure in literacy training in South America during the 20th century, died at age 75 in São Paulo, Braz. (See OBITUARIES. (Freire, Paulo )) Over recent decades Freire's best-known book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, had guided literacy movements around the world and inspired a wealth of educational publications by both admirers and critics.

Higher Education.
      To promote closer cooperation between the chief executives of research universities in the Pacific region, representatives of 20 universities in 11 nations formed an Association of Pacific Rim Universities. Countries included among the charter members were Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, and the U.S.

      Following six years of planning, an association of 17 private colleges in four Central American countries established an accreditation system to set standards for academic quality and fiscal solvency. The system was administered by the recently established Association of Private Universities of Central America, whose member institutions were located in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. During 1997, 15 of the colleges were accredited, and 18 additional private institutions were considering joining the association.

      In China the higher-education system's task of producing the highly trained workers needed to sustain rapid economic growth continued to be hampered by the loss of teachers to industry and research centres, an outdated focus on narrow vocational training, inflexible Confucian and Maoist doctrines, and a low student population. Critics claimed that in order to increase the country's pool of scholars, the nation's universities needed more incentives for students. Hardly one-third of the 260,000 students who left for study abroad in recent years had returned home.

      As one step toward addressing this problem, the government began permitting nonreligious foreign groups to establish and manage educational institutions within the nation's borders.

      China's State Education Commission announced plans to reduce the number of academic specialties in higher education from 624 to 300 by 1999 because many graduates had been so highly specialized that they could not find jobs. The move marked a retreat from the Soviet model adopted in 1952 that favoured narrow channels of vocational preparation. To reduce the Chinese government's burden of financing higher education, a policy of charging every student an annual tuition fee of approximately $180 was instituted in the nation's 1,032 colleges and universities; this represented a departure from nearly a half century of free education at all levels of the education system. China's official Communist Party newspaper, People's Daily, reported a survey in which one-third of the nation's college students said they wanted to join the 57 million-member party. More than 90% of the respondents believed China's political condition was stable, while 80% thought the government had done a good job in opening China to the West.

      A prizewinning geochemist, Claude Allégre, was appointed France's minister of national education, research, and technology in the new Socialist government of Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. For Allégre the demands of the job were already familiar, for he had served as Jospin's deputy when Jospin was minister of education in the early 1990s. In his new position Allégre hoped to give universities more autonomy, revamp student-aid programs, and improve recruiting at the elite institutions that trained most of France's senior civil servants.

      A qualitative comparison of France's 95 universities ranked the Sorbonne at the bottom of the list because only 10% of its students finished the first stage of their studies. Among causes cited for the institution's decline were a lack of entrance examinations and a critical decrease in the funding of state schools. Observers noted that within the French population the Sorbonne's traditional sheen of prestige had become so badly tarnished that the university was currently held in high regard only by foreigners. The private Leonardo da Vinci University in Hauts-de-Seine, recently built with $260 million of local government money to accommodate 5,000 business and engineering students, had attracted only 590, and corporate support to cover operating costs did not materialize. Public university officials and students opposed development of the complex. They claimed that it took resources from the overcrowded public system.

      Senior faculty members at the University of Oxford approved the establishment of a business school, whose construction in 1998-99 would be financed largely by a $34 million gift from Wafic Rida Said, a London-based Saudi Arabian businessman. Observers questioned the project because of Said's involvement in British arms sales. The School of Business at Britain's Loughborough University, aided by the Ford Motor Co., introduced a bachelor of science program in automotive management, advertising it as the world's first undergraduate degree for prospective car dealers.

      Higher-education costs in the U.S. increased by 5% in 1997-98 at both public and private four-year colleges. The average tuition was $3,111 at public and $13,664 at private four-year colleges. Tuition increased 2% at two-year public colleges, reaching an average cost of $1,501. Private two-year colleges increased their rates 4% to reach an average cost of $6,855.

      As another step toward educational autonomy, the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania adopted further changes in higher education. Beginning in 1992, the use of the Russian language in universities was no longer required, as it had been in Soviet times. Instead, students were required to be fluent in their national language in order to graduate. Additional private colleges were established, and an increasing number of state universities charged fees for the first time, particularly for popular programs such as those in law, business, public relations, economics, and foreign languages. In Estonia 3,000 of the year's 8,800 first-year students paid to attend state or private institutions. Plans were laid for every Baltic institution to charge fees in all departments while at the same time providing some financial aid for the most needy and promising students. The three nations also established accreditation procedures designed to prevent the growth of low-quality private institutions.

      The Thai government launched a $261 million program to stimulate the production of more engineers and scientists by means of improving teaching, curricula, and laboratories in 21 public universities. The program would be funded with $143 million from the World Bank, $104 million from the Thai government, and $14 million from the Australian government.

      In South Africa, Mamphela Aletta Ramphele, a physician and anthropologist, was installed as vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town, the first black woman to hold that position in a South African university. She identified the university's mission as that of achieving "excellence with equity." In Japan, where only 10% of the nation's faculty members were women, Masako Niwa of Nara Women's University became the first woman president of a national university. During her period in office, she planned to nurture female scholars who would "produce results that rival men's."

      To build the confidence of women students in their ability to excel in computer science, Sweden's northernmost postsecondary institution, the University of Luleá, established a program in computer studies designed exclusively for females. The program was intended to increase the number of women entering technical fields and help overcome the nation's chronic shortage of skilled professionals.

      Australia's conservative government under Prime Minister John Howard announced an additional 1% reduction in funding for the country's 36 public universities, a cut to take effect in 2000 following the 5% reduction already scheduled for 1997-99. The measure was designed to help erase the federal deficit by lowering federal grants to universities by more than $900 million by 2001. The government also reduced support for the Australian Research Council by more than $50 million.

      Afghanistan's Kabul University reopened in March after having been closed for six months by the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban militia. Because more than half of the university's teaching staff before the shutdown had been women, the conduct of classes upon the school's reopening was seriously crippled by the militia's ban against women's participating at the university as either students or teachers. UNICEF, which ceased all support of Afghanistan's educational establishments in 1995, continued to withhold funds because Taliban law failed to comply with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In contrast, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan continued to finance education for boys in the region.

      In Argentina the University of Buenos Aires's open admissions policy, which entitles all high-school graduates to enter, swelled the enrollment of the Medical College to 18,000. In pressing for stricter admission requirements, the dean noted that a degree in medicine automatically licensed graduates to practice medicine anywhere in the nation. He implied that the quality of the nation's physicians could not be ensured under such enrollment conditions.

      Officials curtailed student political activities in several countries. The South Korean government outlawed the nation's largest student organization, Hanchongryon, for having spearheaded nearly a week of antigovernment protests that resulted in two deaths and injuries to 175 participants. The student group not only called for the resignation of South Korea's Pres. Kim Young Sam but also espoused many of the demands of North Korea's communist government, especially the demand that the 37,000 U.S. troops in South Korea be removed.

      At the Central University of Venezuela, a campus poll revealed that most students favoured a crackdown on the activists who engaged in periodic violent student protests over such economic conditions as increased bus fares. Stimulated by the poll results, university administrators authorized police to arrest violent demonstrators in the future.

      Algerian security forces shot and killed three suspected guerrillas hiding in a dormitory at the University of Science and Technology in Bab Ezzouar, Algiers. Newspapers identified the three as members of an Islamic fundamentalist organization plotting to overthrow the government.

      The University of Zambia was closed down for an indefinite period as the result of five days of student riots over the government's delay in paying textbook allowances. At the University of Lausanne, Switz., students ended a two-week strike after officials established a committee to study students' complaints about the government's 10% cut in university funds and about a law to strengthen the power of the university's elected rector. Street demonstrations for 106 consecutive days by students at the University of Belgrade, Yugos., led to the removal of the institution's rector, Dragutin Velickovic, who, the protesters claimed, was a political appointee, academically unqualified for the rectorship. Students throughout Germany went on strike in late November to protest chronic underfunding of higher education by the federal government.

      Gender remained an issue in several colleges. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1996 that the Virginia Military Institute's all-male enrollment policy was unconstitutional, the Citadel, Charleston, S.C., announced that it would admit women cadets. This ended the all-male policy at the only two public institutions of higher education in the U.S. that did not admit women. In January 1997 the Citadel admitted 24 of 35 female applicants. Two of them left the school, however, alleging that they were victims of illegal hazing and sexual harassment.


      See also Libraries and Museums .

      This article updates education, history of (education).

▪ 1997

      Noteworthy educational news in 1996 concerned literacy efforts, the renovation of educational systems in Eastern Europe, the preparation of students for changing labour markets, the operation of schools by religious organizations, ways to improve students' welfare, university enrollment changes, improved opportunities for women, and corruption in higher education. Among the persistent issues in the United States were: academic deficiencies of students in comparison with those from other industrialized nations; government support for parents to select their children's schools; increasing costs of higher education; the need to connect schools to the information superhighway; drug abuse and violence in schools; and the need for training programs for unemployed and underemployed adults whose skills had become obsolete or dated.

Primary and Secondary Education.
      The importance of literacy education was emphasized in a study of social and economic conditions in 162 countries. The report concluded that industrialized nations should redirect aid for less-developed countries into literacy programs. According to the study's authors, the reduction of illiteracy could empower underprivileged nations to become partners of wealthy countries and reduce the gap between rich and poor societies.

      Innovative methods for promoting literacy were being adopted in various parts of the world. Following its success in Australia, a literacy project for less-privileged children, entitled First Step, was introduced for experimental use in the United Kingdom. Another approach to literacy training imported from Australia appeared in the British Link-into-Learning centres, which were designed to provide adults with sufficient reading and writing skills to obtain work and help their children with school tasks. In Uganda a program named REFLECT, which engaged learners in creating their own written materials, was credited with enabling 60% to 70% of the course participants to become literate; previous programs had achieved only 12% success. A Finger Phonics scheme that associated letter sounds with finger movements gained popularity in Canada and the U.K.

      Within Russia debates ensued over the role that minority-group languages should assume in schools that had used Russian as the primary medium of instruction for more than five decades. Ever since the republics at the end of the 1980s won the right to direct their own educational systems, advocates of using local languages in schools had vied against proponents of maintaining Russian as the dominant national tongue. Provincial leaders argued that their languages would be lost if not given a key role in the curriculum.

      Throughout Eastern Europe increasing numbers of youths were attending bilingual schools that offered an opportunity to study foreign languages that had been forbidden under communist regimes prior to 1989. English had become the most popular language to learn.

      In his state of the union message to Congress on Jan. 23, 1996, U.S. Pres. Bill Clinton urged an educational technology initiative to improve education, proposing that every U.S. classroom be equipped with computers and connected to the Internet by the year 2000. The president also recommended that states and local districts adopt national standards to assess students' academic progress, supported the right of parents to choose the public school of their choice, encouraged organization of charter schools, and emphasized the need for values and character education.

      Although there were proposals in the U.S. Congress to reduce federal spending for education by 17%, the reductions in the bill that passed Congress totaled 9%. The 1996 bill allocated $400 million for the AmeriCorps national service program, $69.5 million less than fiscal 1995 and $417 million less than the president requested. It granted $350 million for Goals 2000 education initiatives, $22 million less than 1995 funding, and allocated $3,570,000,000 for Head Start funding, $36 million more than in 1995. Spending for programs assisting public-school children was set at $7.2 billion, $1 billion more than Republicans had sought. The total allocation for education was $25,323,000,000, compared with $26.8 billion in fiscal 1995.

      A National Educational Summit, the second such conference held in the U.S., met on March 26-27, 1996, in Palisades, N.Y. Like the earlier conference in 1989, the 1996 meeting—attended by leaders in business, government, and education—focused on U.S. students' academic deficiencies, particularly in mathematics and science, in comparison with students from other industrialized countries. Calling for improved academic achievement, the summit recommended that state and local districts establish specific standards for basic academic subjects, especially in English, science, and mathematics. Addressing the summit, President Clinton called for assessment of academic competency through standardized state competency testing in basic academic subjects. Critics of the summit, deciding its focus was too narrow, contended it should have considered broader issues, including school choice. Critics also alleged that comparisons of U.S. students' academic achievement with those of other countries rested on invalid criteria.

      In the 1996 election campaign, the Republican and Democratic platforms and positions differed on educational policy. The Republicans promised abolition of the Department of Education and an end to federal funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

      The two major parties continued to differ on "school choice" and using vouchers to provide parents with public funds for their children to attend their school of choice. While Republicans supported vouchers for both public and private schools, Democrats opposed them for private schools.

      The charter school movement in the U.S. experienced continued growth in 1996, attracting support in 25 states of the U.S. as an alternative form of school organization. Though public schools, charter schools provided an alternative to those conventionally established and maintained by a local district. Charter schools exhibited the following characteristics: (1) the state authorized organizations to establish and operate charter schools and issued a waiver freeing them from many regulations governing public schools; (2) the school was "public"—that is, nonsectarian and supported by public funds; (3) the school, through its charter, was responsible for students' academic progress; (4) the school was one of choice for educators and parents; the choice, however, was within the public, not the private, sector.

      While the charter school movement gained momentum, the trend to privatize public-school operations and services experienced setbacks in 1996. The board of education of Hartford, Conn., for example, canceled its contract with Educational Alternatives, which had previously operated the district's schools.

      With regard to curriculum and instruction, constructivism continued to be popular, especially in elementary schools. Constructivism emphasized learning by problem-solving rather than by receiving information. Students constructed their own knowledge base from direct interaction with sources in the environment. Through social interaction, they actively created meaning out of their individual and group constructions of reality.

      The 28th Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll for 1996 revealed public attitudes toward public schools in the U.S. According to the poll, 43% of the respondents gave their local public schools high marks, an A or B, for overall educational performance. This ranking remained consistent with previous polls in that respondents rated the performances of their local public schools higher than those of public schools nationally. In rank order, the major problems facing public schools were identified as drug abuse, lack of discipline, violence and gangs, and lack of adequate financial support.

      Concern about the quality of mathematics instruction was voiced in the U.K. after tests of 13-year-olds in nine nations showed that pupils in England correctly answered only 53% of math problems, compared with 79% by pupils in Singapore. Youngsters in Taiwan and South Korea also earned high scores. The author of the study, David Reynolds of the University of Newcastle, suggested that the dominant method of teaching mathematics in England since the 1960s concentrated on the brightest pupils and neglected the others, which thereby produced overall low test results. He advocated changing to the "whole-class" teaching system used in the East Asian countries, Germany, and Switzerland, a system that challenged all pupils to reach a minimum standard of attainment.

      Observers of Great Britain's programs for training non-university-bound adolescents charged that the nation lacked adequate provisions for vocational training, so many young people seeking jobs were unable to carry out such simple tasks as basic mathematical calculations. As a result, according to critics, the economy was locked into a low-quality, low-pay production system. Advisers proposed restructuring the government's Youth Training Scheme to emphasize communication and number skills, information technology, and other general abilities required by industry.

      Computer-literacy instruction advanced in China, where urban schools were increasingly providing such training. The number of Chinese families owning personal computers rose in 1996 to more than one million, a figure expected to reach five million by the year 2000. At the same time, schools emphasized training children in the use of the abacus, the traditional method of calculating sums by moving wooden beads along wires set in a wooden frame. Proponents of the abacus asserted that in contrast to computer instruction, abacus training equipped children to visualize calculations and thereby fostered speed and accuracy in mental arithmetic.

      The operation of schools by religious groups gained attention in Canada and China. Legislators in Canada's Newfoundland province voted to eliminate from the provincial constitution its unique system of providing public funds to pay the costs of schools operated by seven Christian denominations. Critics of the vote feared that it might encourage legislatures in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan to remove the constitutional protection for the public funding of Roman Catholic schools in those provinces. In December the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Ontario did not have to finance non-Catholic religious schools even though it had paid for Catholic schools for more than a century.

      In China local communist officials introduced a policy of permitting Christian churches to operate primary schools in regions too poor to finance children's education. To pay the cost of erecting the first of such schools in Guangdong province, Christians in the village of Baiwan solicited the aid of Hong Kong's Christian Council to raise the $150,000 needed to build a modern four-story concrete school, furnish it, and pay teachers' salaries. The Baiwan school offered a secular curriculum, was tuition-free, and was managed by a board composed of local Christians and non-Christians.

      Following the reunification of Germany in 1990, officials in the five eastern German states sought to devise a satisfactory means of implementing the central government's West German mandate that religious education be provided as a regular school subject. The solution in four of the states (Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania) was to offer students a choice between traditional religious instruction (Lutheranism or Roman Catholicism) as in western Germany or a nonreligious ethics course. The fifth state, Brandenburg, in 1996 created an integrated course entitled "Lifestyle, Ethics, and Religion," focusing on the comparative study of religions and philosophies rather than indoctrination in a single faith.

      Steps intended to enhance students' welfare were adopted in Japan and Israel. Japanese authorities focused attention on the issue of students' being terrorized by classmates. Although reported incidents of bullying had declined to 7,000 by 1996, compared with 22,000 several years earlier, officials still considered pupil harassment a serious problem that called for heightened teacher vigilance and prompt disciplinary action.

      In past years critics had claimed that Israel's tradition of including eight subject fields in national diploma examinations placed too great a burden on the high-school juniors and seniors who needed to pass the tests in order to gain admission to a university. To reduce the emotional pressure on students, Israeli Education Minister Amnon Rubinstein in 1996 established a system by which an annual lottery would be held to determine which five subjects the year's examinations would comprise and which three would be exempt. In the 1996 lottery the exempt fields were Bible, Jewish history, and mathematics. An objection to the plan was voiced by the country's new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who contended that failing to test students' command of Bible and Jewish history would be ignoring Israel's cultural roots. In response, defenders of the plan asserted that students' high-school grades in the exempt subjects would be sufficient evidence of their knowledge in those fields.

Higher Education.
      In Eastern Europe the renovation of the region's postsecondary institutions continued in the aftermath of the fall of communist governments. Since 1990 most of eastern Germany's 60 higher-learning institutions had been reformed to fit western Germany's pattern of higher education. Staffs in the eastern sector were reduced to 60% of their former size, and 20,000 academics were left without jobs. In early 1996 the total enrollment in the 60 institutions reached 198,000 students, which indicated rapid progress toward the 10-year goal of doubling the 1989 total of 134,000 students. Within the next five years, officials expected to provide enough places to accommodate approximately 35% of the college-age population, the same proportion as in western Germany.

      Throughout Romania during the early 1990s, hundreds of private institutions sprang up to serve students not accommodated in public universities. In 1996, however, serious doubts were voiced about the quality of education provided by private colleges. Only 73 private institutions had earned state accreditation, and no more than 5% of their graduates had passed government-administered examinations.

      Although the four universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina had remained open during that country's civil war, not until the signing of a peace accord at the end of 1995 were officials able to start repairing the wartime damage. In 1996 what was described as a "stampede" of new and returning students descended on the institutions, located in Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka, and Tuzla. Before the war the University of Sarajevo had enrolled 30,000 students, a number that dropped to 7,000 by late 1995 but then rebounded to 15,000 in the fall term of 1996. The shelling of Sarajevo during the war seriously damaged all 26 of the university's schools, which placed officials in the difficult position of providing classrooms and offices with limited aid from Western nations. The institutions in Mostar and Tuzla were endeavouring to repair similar damage. Although the World Bank agreed to finance elementary- and secondary-education programs in Bosnia, it did not support higher education.

      In contrast to the liberalization of education in Eastern Europe, the Chinese government increased efforts to strengthen communist ideology on campuses by establishing a China Foundation for Marxism Studies, designed to support the teachings of Marxism and Leninism and the philosophy of Mao Zedong. This plan to counter the declining popularity of communist theory in postsecondary institutions included new rules giving each university's Communist Party control over instructional matters, a reversal of liberal policies in the 1980s that accorded university presidents ultimate responsibility for their institutions' affairs.

      The heads of five of Hong Kong's seven universities were appointed to the 150-member committee charged with directing the 1997 transfer of the British colony to Chinese sovereignty. Observers speculated that the composition of the preparatory committee, with its 94 delegates from Hong Kong and 56 from China, reflected the intent of the Chinese government to permit Hong Kong's business and educational communities the freedom to operate as they had under British rule.

      The South African government sought to improve the nation's higher education by spending $231 million on universities and high-level technical institutions in 1996. The amount surpassed the 1995 allotment by 21% for universities and 31% for technical schools. At the same time, the nation struggled to overhaul its traditional dual-track higher-education system, which under apartheid had maintained one track for whites and the other for the black and Coloured population.

      France's minister of education, François Bayrou, spent the early months of 1996 meeting with university representatives to find solutions to the problems underlying the student strike over university funding that shut down half of the nation's 90 universities in late 1995. Statistics compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development indicated that France spent less per student on its universities than did any of the OECD's other 25 members except Italy. Bayrou charged that the OECD figures were faulty but admitted that many politicians, including some Cabinet members, believed the country's universities were failing in their mission and perhaps could not be satisfactorily reformed.

      Many educational systems continued to cope with the task of producing graduates who could find appropriate employment in a changing job market. The recent economic boom in India had resulted in a severe shortage of experts in such fields as business management, computer software, financial services, telecommunications engineering, and television programming. The greatest need was for graduates skilled in the use of computers. To meet the demand for such specialists, enterprising educators opened a host of private colleges, and policy makers called on established higher-education institutions to update their curricula, reduce the number of students in general courses, and increase the number of students in technical fields.

      A Russian survey revealed a marked rise in graduates choosing careers in economics, computers, law, finance, and the humanities as the nation's economy began to demand more workers schooled in such specialties. The popularity of careers in engineering and teaching declined because of lower wages in those occupations.

      Proposals by Greece's education minister, George Papandreou, to modernize Greece's antiquated higher-education system set off student riots that extended from late 1995 into 1996 and resulted in $20 million in damage to institutions in Athens alone. For years critics had charged that Greek universities were woefully behind the times, still operating like the 19th-century French and German institutions on which they were modeled. Since the 1930s Greek institutions had provided free tuition and textbooks, had not required students to attend class, and had virtually guaranteed a degree to applicants who scored high on entrance examinations. The riots stemmed from students' fear that the reforms would require them to help pay for their education and would alter their study habits and fields of study. In the 1990s many university graduates proved ill-equipped to fill the needs of the nation's economy, a situation Papandreou's plans were designed to remedy. His proposed changes were also stimulated by the fact that other members of the European Union were refusing to recognize Greek diplomas until proper reforms had been instituted.

      The status of women in higher education continued to improve. Konai Helu Thaman, a Tongan specialist on Pacific Islands education and culture, became the first woman appointed to a professorial chair at the University of the South Pacific, the institution that provided higher education for a number of Pacific Island nations. Women assumed the three most visible leadership posts in Australian higher education when Amanda Vanstone was appointed minister of education, empowered to negotiate educational issues with Fay Gale, president of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee, and with Carolyn Allport, head of the academics' National Tertiary Education Union. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Virginia Military Institute's all-male enrollment policy unconstitutional. Following this decision the Citadel, Charleston, S.C., announced that it would admit female cadets. This ended the all-male policy at the last two public institutions of higher education in the U.S. that had practiced this form of discrimination. In Canada the University of Montreal established a fellowship program enabling women who took maternity leave from doctoral programs to return later and complete their studies. Prospects for the education of women in Afghanistan dimmed in late 1996, however, as Taliban military forces captured the capital city of Kabul and imposed strict Islamic rule that included closing girls' schools and confining women to their homes.

      University enrollment trends became a concern in a variety of countries. Following steady growth since the 1970s, the enrollment in Canadian universities in 1996 declined by 0.4% to 574,300 students. Analysts speculated that the decrease was caused by a combination of higher student fees, reduced government grants, and uncertain job prospects following graduation. The drop in applicants motivated higher-education officials to devise innovative student-loan programs, refine student services, and focus on attracting the students most likely to succeed in university studies.

      Australian university officials predicted that by the year 2010 the number of fee-paying foreign students in Australian institutions would have increased fivefold over current figures. The anticipated number should reach 200,000 and account for 26% of all students on Australian campuses, compared with 10.6% in 1993. The countries expected to send the most students in the future were China, India, Indonesia, and Iran, displacing the recent leaders—Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Forecasters focusing on future worldwide university enrollments estimated that over the next 15 years, the number of students studying outside their own countries would increase more than 130% to 2.8 million, with more than half of the total coming from Asia.

      Evidence of corruption in academia surfaced in Italy and Kenya. The Italian case concerned appointments to university professorships on the basis of political favouritism rather than professional competence. Although medical faculties were cited as particularly affected by this practice, observers contended that nepotism and cronyism were widespread in the assignment of candidates to tenured posts in other disciplines as well. As one effort to correct abuses, an administrative tribunal in Rome nullified 45 appointments to senior tenured positions in medical schools in the wake of a suit brought by four professors who had been turned down for chairs in general surgery.

      Political analysts accused Kenya's president, Daniel arap Moi, of having destroyed the nation's higher-education system by preventing freedom of inquiry and expression. Moi maintained executive control over the country's five public universities by appointing each institution's vice-chancellor, who in turn controlled the appointment and dismissal of all university personnel. To eliminate potential opposition, Moi's government arrested dissidents and outlawed faculty associations and student unions. Despite a $55 million World Bank investment in Kenya, such basic educational supplies as chalk and paper were seldom available to the schools, library holdings were outdated, and subscriptions to scholarly journals had lapsed.

      In the U.S., President Clinton called for expanding work-study programs, providing $1,000 merit scholarships for the top 5% of high-school graduates, and making $10,000 a year of college tuition tax-deductible. He reiterated the need to develop retraining programs for unemployed and underemployed persons through vouchers to community colleges.

      The Republican platform in the election campaign attributed rising tuition costs in higher education to the colleges and universities themselves. Robert Dole, the Republican presidential nominee, would have allowed low- and middle-income families to invest up to $500 per year in a savings account and earn tax-free interest to help pay for a child's college expenses.

      The Democratic Party platform emphasized education as a key issue. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, proposed creating a $1,500 tax credit and a $10,000 tax deduction for a family's expenditures for higher education. He also proposed devoting $1 billion over a five-year period for the AmeriCorps national-service program. The Democratic platform also endorsed, in contrast to the Republican, continued federal funding for the arts and the humanities.

      In the U.S. the "cultural wars," the decade-long debates over multiculturalism in the curriculum, continued. The debates focused on whether the curriculum should promote a common cultural core and if that core should remain centred in Western history and culture.



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      This article updates education, history of (education); teaching.

▪ 1996

      Significant educational news in 1995 included comparisons of educational achievement between countries, plans to increase schooling opportunities, the expansion of private schools, the resolution of ethnic and religious issues, educational transition in Eastern Europe, educational financing, the transfer of credits in higher education, and university promotion practices.

Primary and Secondary Education.
      Downsizing of the U.S. government adversely affected federal education programs, while the number of difficult tasks facing educators continued to multiply in 1995. Voicing his concern, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley noted that the Information Age requires an "Education Age."

      The new Republican-controlled Congress sought to cut spending in many programs as part of its "Contract with America" (see Special Report ) and to return control over most education to the states. The Department of Education was initially in danger of elimination, but Pres. Bill Clinton proposed less-drastic changes in Cabinet-level departments.

      The president sought to retain adequate federal support for safe and drug-free schools, adult job programs, and AmeriCorps—the national-service program.

      Enrollments in the U.S. for the 1995-96 school year increased at all levels of education. Preschool and kindergarten numbers rose by some 250,000 students to more than 7.7 million. Elementary and secondary enrollments reached 51 million students, surpassing even the peak levels of 1971. The number of minority students was expected to reach 32.8%, a 4.6% increase over the previous year. High-school graduates for the academic year were expected to number 2.6 million.

      There were some three million teachers in U.S. elementary and secondary schools, with a smaller number of educators serving in collegiate faculty positions. About 4.2 million individuals held administrative, various other professional, and support positions in educational institutions.

      A judicial ruling on drug testing that could have wider ramifications was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld random drug testing of high-school athletes. The justices ruled that athletes must submit to testing at the beginning of a sports season and to random tests thereafter. Results would be available only to school officials.

      It was possible that the drug ruling could be applied to random testing of all students, as part of a school's general responsibility to protect young people's well-being. Under the decision, school officials were not required to have a specific suspicion of drug use, unlike a Fourth Amendment requirement for adult testing.

      The high court left some issues unsettled with regard to prayer in school. It overturned a 1994 ruling by the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit stating that student-initiated prayers during graduation ceremonies were unacceptable and left intact an earlier ruling by the Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit that upheld the constitutionality of student-led graduation prayers.

      The Supreme Court found that a federal judge had exceeded constitutional limits in a long-standing Missouri desegregation case. The judge had ruled that school officials had to pay additional salaries to minority employees as part of an effort to undo the effects of past segregation. The supervised district had undertaken the most expensive desegregation plan in the U.S. The court ruled that under the Constitution, officials were not bound to pay higher salaries to minorities to meet the requirements of desegregation.

      The Supreme Court also found that school gun-free zones, authorized in a 1990 federal act, were an unacceptable extension of the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution, a provision that had been used for decades to extend federal jurisdiction in many areas.

      Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores reached their highest levels in many years, especially math scores, which were the highest in 20 years. White and Asian students topped the rankings, while minority students continued to make gains. Male students again outscored females, who continued to improve their performance.

      Voucher plans to permit public funding of private schools continued to be widely advocated around the nation. The Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned a legislative act that permitted Milwaukee schools to provide up to $3,600 for private, even sectarian, school tuition for families whose annual income was less than $26,000.

      Pres. Albert Shanker of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) found recent achievement levels reported by the National Center for Education Statistics both "surprising and encouraging." Shanker noted that student course selections and graduation requirements had become more rigorous than they had been a decade previously, when the publication of A Nation at Risk (1983) sounded an education-crisis alarm. The government publication had focused on low educational achievement and called for massive changes, many of which subsequently were implemented, said the veteran AFT leader.

      Poverty and alcoholism were tied to many school-age children's problems. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., reported that women in poverty were more likely to have retarded children who would probably have more difficulty in getting an education. CDC researchers also found that the percentage of babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) had increased sixfold between 1979 and 1993. FAS babies experience mental retardation and central nervous system problems, which make their education more difficult.

      Violence in the media remained a nationwide concern. The Television Violence Monitoring Report, based at the University of California, Los Angeles, claimed that in 1995 motion pictures and children's television programs had more violence than could be found on prime-time television. Harvard University's Robert D. Putnam proposed the idea that the introduction of television notably weakened the nation's social and educational fabric. He theorized that the advent of television led to declines in social trust and group participation, which he claimed were crucial to maintaining social and educational standards in a democracy. He held that this decline brought on by TV possibly contributed more to an overall social change in the United States than did such factors as divorce, the rise in the number of working women, and the spread of the welfare state.

      The increase in the numbers of children who did not speak English as their primary language was attributed to the increased number of immigrants to the country. The National Association for Bilingual Education's executive director said that one child in six entered school speaking a language other than English.

      In 1995 a comparison of educational levels in 21 member nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development showed that in most OECD countries over half of the adult population had completed secondary school. In Germany, Switzerland, Norway, and the United States, the level rose to more than 80%. In Europe, where 19 of the OECD nations are located, there were marked disparities in educational achievement between northern and southern countries. More than 60% of adults had earned a high-school diploma in Austria, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, while fewer than one-third had completed high school in Greece (32%), Italy (25%), Spain (25%), Portugal (15%), and Turkey (15%). In only two of the OECD countries had more than one-fifth of the population between ages 25 and 64 completed college—The Netherlands (21%) and the United States (24%).

      A World Bank report urged governments to furnish all citizens with at least six years of schooling as a means of stimulating economic growth and reducing poverty in less developed nations. The report noted that the proportion of children attending school in less developed countries had risen from below 50% in 1960 to 76% in 1995, and it concluded that a still higher proportion of citizens with basic education would be needed to keep pace with predicted shifts in labour markets caused by technological innovations and economic reform.

      A variety of sub-Saharan African governments adopted plans to cooperate with other countries to improve educational systems. In one effort research teams from nine nations launched a joint assessment of education sponsored by the Southern African Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality. Participating countries included Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Swaziland, mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The primary aim of the research was to identify the major influences on students' reading achievement. In a separate effort, education ministries in Lesotho and Swaziland sought to become independent of Great Britain's influence over the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate by localizing the assessment of test papers.

      In Kenya a plan adopted in 1985 to vocationalize education at all levels had proved too complicated and too costly to implement; a similar plan was rejected in Botswana.

      A Nicaraguan study of 6,600 school-age children from 2,500 homes indicated that males took a year longer than females to complete primary school and two years longer to finish secondary school. More than 20% of pupils repeated grades because of poor academic performance or ill health, and the main cause of school delinquency was economic, with the dropout rate for males far higher than that for females. Pupils in Nicaragua were more likely to succeed in school if they came from homes of married couples, their families had few children, they had attended preschool, and they had started school at age five.

      Cuba's economic crisis contributed to a deterioration of the nation's highly centralized school system and discouraged an increasing number of qualified people from entering the teaching profession.

      The extent to which technological advances were adopted in schools was investigated in Great Britain, where a survey of the popularity of educational broadcasts among 1,500 teachers in 700 British schools revealed that most primary teachers took advantage of television programs but only half used educational radio. In secondary schools television broadcasts were employed most often for studying geography and history and least often for mathematics. Secondary teachers rarely used radio programs, with the exception of modern-language classes, where radio was used fairly often.

      The privatization of schools increased in various parts of the world. In Canada increased enrollments in private schools continued into 1995, with many of the students coming from middle-class families that traditionally had patronized public schools. Part of the appeal of the private institutions was their low teacher-student ratios.

      Economic reforms in Vietnam that created greater wealth for the private sector led to cutbacks in public moneys for education, and thus the traditional school system became drastically underfunded. As a consequence, secondary schools that charged tuition grew increasingly popular with the country's expanding middle class. Such schools attracted well-qualified teachers and provided higher-quality education than did the impoverished public schools attended by the rural poor.

      In Pakistan the network of private schools continued to expand as a result of the underfunding of state schools and corruption in the public education system.

      Several nations announced plans to expand educational opportunities. Thailand's government intended to invest $1.5 billion toward several educational initiatives, including an extension of compulsory schooling from six to nine years, a refinancing of private schools outside the capital city of Bangkok, and an increase in the availability of loans for economically disadvantaged students. The purpose was to improve younger workers' skills in order to sustain the country's economic boom.

      A new education law in China, drafted over 10 years, went into effect September 1. The law provided a framework for future legislation and outlined a revised educational system focusing on moral and intellectual development. Subsequently, the nation's State Education Commission issued regulations governing the establishment of schools jointly operated by Chinese and foreign sponsors. Although no religious affiliates would be allowed to conduct school, nonreligious groups would be permitted to do so as long as they provided high-quality education as defined in the commission's guidelines. As the government increased its investment in economic development, however, its financial support of education continued to decline. As a consequence, schools at all levels of the educational system were obliged to launch cottage industries or other moneymaking ventures to sustain their operations.

      Mexico's Pres. Ernesto Zedillo pledged that before the close of his administration, all children would have the opportunity to advance through secondary school. This commitment was considered highly optimistic for a country in which 75% of rural pupils traditionally did not complete the six years of primary education. Economic needs were cited as the main cause of high dropout rates, particularly in subsistence-farming regions, where children were needed for their labour. Critics also charged that the primary- and secondary-school curriculum had long been ill-suited to regional needs. Because of this, many pupils found schooling irrelevant and either dropped out or were not motivated to study. This problem also extended to the 10% of pupils in Mexico (nine million) who spoke only an Indian dialect.

      Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mahathir bin Mohamad had begun to stress the importance of the English language in the country's national curriculum, thereby initiating a shift from the policy of the past three decades, which emphasized the Malaysian national language. He said that knowledge of English was vital to international trade, and he hoped that prestigious overseas universities would consider establishing branches in Malaysia. Datuk Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, a prominent business leader, confirmed that he would like to build a local campus for the University of London, a proposal that until recently would not have been considered.

      A number of countries took steps to resolve racial conflicts and to offer equal educational opportunities for ethnic groups. The South African government sought to reverse years of inequality by committing itself to furnishing every child, regardless of racial background, with 10 years of education at government expense. Educational segregation was officially abolished, and new school-construction plans and improved training for black teachers were announced.

      Many Australian schools expanded their Asian studies curricula in an attempt to integrate and promote a greater appreciation of Australia's Asian population. Classes in magnet schools included Asian languages, geography, literature, and religious history.

      Educational authorities in France were criticized by Islamic leaders for not permitting women students to wear head scarves in the public schools. Officials claimed that displaying the traditional Islamic head coverings violated France's law banning religion in schools, even though Catholic students were still allowed to wear crosses.

Higher Education.
      A UNESCO report on higher education disclosed that annual attendance in postsecondary institutions throughout the world grew from 28 million students in 1970 to 65 million in 1991 and would continue to increase, reaching 79 million by 1999 and 97 million by 2015. In less developed countries enrollments over the 1970-91 period rose from 7 million to 30 million. The proportion of students at private universities increased, particularly in less developed regions, with the numbers of nondegree and part-time students also rising. According to the report, the financial burden of rapid growth tempted officials to limit spending on higher education. UNESCO's director general, Federico Mayor, warned that yielding to that temptation would simply widen the gap between industrialized and nonindustrialized societies. Sub-Saharan Africa had the fewest educational resources and opportunities of any region. Students in Africa were four times less likely to pursue postsecondary education than those in other less developed areas and 17 times less likely than those in the industrialized countries.

      Public and private postsecondary enrollments in the U.S. were projected to increase slightly, to 15.4 million students. More than half of the students—nine million—were expected to attend four-year institutions. Two-year colleges were set to enroll an estimated six million. Proprietary schools and postsecondary programs were expecting one million enrollees, and degrees earned were projected to reach record levels. Federal officials expected seven million students to receive some type of financial aid by 1996.

      Spending in the U.S. for public elementary, secondary, and collegiate education was projected to reach $433 billion in 1995. The cost of a private education was predicted to reach $104 billion, and the head of the U.S. College Board said that most college students faced a heavily mortgaged future. His assessment was made in response to rising tuition and a decline in available federal grants and loans. Tuition increased at a 6% rate for the third year in a row, an increase greater than the pace of inflation. The annual cost of tuition, room and board, books, and personal expenses averaged $19,762 per student at four-year private colleges and $9,285 at state colleges. To make matters worse, Congress had been hammering out an agreement to trim billions of dollars from student loan programs as part of its move toward balancing the federal budget by 2002.

      By 1995 the European Union's (EU's) plan for transferring academic credits across country borders had resulted in 5,546 students' receiving credit for foreign study pursued in 145 institutions in 18 countries. The initial program was limited to the subject areas of business administration, chemistry, history, mechanical engineering, and medicine. Plans were laid to double the number of cooperating institutions and increase the diversity of disciplines in 1996.

      Ireland's system of 46 nonuniversity postsecondary institutions adopted a system that permitted students to earn a national degree by combining studies completed at different institutions. A national computerized database, containing 6,000 registered courses, kept track of all students' completed courses, certificates, and degrees.

      The number of Canada's aboriginal peoples—Indians and Inuits—enrolled in higher education increased fourfold over the decade between 1985 and 1995, owing largely to financial aid from the federal government and a growing number of academic programs designed precisely for the nation's indigenous ethnic groups. Focused on providing indigenous youths with opportunities to study their own cultures, Canada's first aboriginal higher-education institution, the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, enrolled 1,300 students in 1995, most of them women.

      Former communist nations faced problems of transition. Russian institutions suffered from insufficient funds; only 3.65% of the national budget was allocated for education in 1995, over 80% of the country's schools lacked proper experimental facilities, the number of students in specialized programs declined, and skilled personnel continued to emigrate. Student admission policies were changing in such institutions as Moscow State University and Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics, where well-trained, academically apt students from preparatory schools were being admitted without an entrance examination or tuition fee. Critics charged that such admission practices were unfair to students who could not afford to attend quality preparatory schools.

      In 1995 Romanian academicians were concerned that the quality of higher education was threatened by the hasty establishment of more than 60 private universities set up to meet a rapidly rising demand. At the same time, efforts to reform the curricula in state universities were hampered by a shortage of funds. In the neighbouring state of Moldova, government leaders endeavoured to assert their nation's independence, but students and faculty members of most of Moldova's 15 higher-education institutions went on strike when the government changed the title of a common university course from "The History of the Romanian People" to "The History of Moldova."

      New legislation in Estonia inaugurated the most dramatic changes in the nation's six universities since the former Russian system was discarded in 1990. By 1995 Estonia's universities had revamped their budgetary system and completed their changeover to an American-style structure in which course work was measured by credits earned and bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees were awarded by institutions.

      Four years after the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia achieved independence, representatives of the nation's ethnic Albanians announced the establishment of an Albanian-language university in the town of Tetovo. The plan was denounced by government authorities, who felt that Albanians were entitled only to primary and secondary education in their native language. Founders of the university vowed to conduct classes anyway, even if the government refused the institution official recognition.

      In Israel political conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis continued to disrupt university life. Early in the year, Israeli military forces arrested 21 Islamic students at a college near Jerusalem on charges of anti-Israeli propaganda and stockpiling weapons. The Israeli civil administration also stopped granting entry permits to Palestinian students, a measure intended to discourage Palestinian nationalistic activism. Because tuition charges doubled at some Palestinian universities in the West Bank, many students were forced to drop out.

      Recent emergency legislation enabled Peru's military forces to take control of three universities where members of the Marxist Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) organization had disrupted the educational process. One institution, Hermilio Valdizán National University of Huánuco, had been adrift since 1994, when its rector, Abner Chávez Leandro, had confessed to abetting Sendero Luminoso terrorists.

      Ways to raise revenue in support of higher education were a concern throughout the world. In China financial problems prompted the government to urge universities to generate their own funds. A shortage of money also led institutions in several countries to admit wealthy, less-qualified students in preference over poor but talented applicants.

      The French government's handling of the financial plight of universities drew sharp criticism from university presidents and faculty organizations. The Conference of French University Presidents, representing 83 institutions, charged that the 1995 increase of 5% in research funds and 2.8% in operating expenses was far short of what was needed in view of rapidly growing enrollments. The presidents sought greater latitude in raising money from private sources and recommended a gradual increase in student registration fees, which traditionally had been extremely low. The nation's largest faculty union claimed that inadequate support for basic research, libraries, and undergraduate teaching had reached a crisis level. The union also criticized the government's tightened immigration policy, which resulted in a growing number of foreign students—particularly Algerians—being forced to leave France.

      Requiring students to pay tuition continued to be a controversial issue in Eastern Europe, where the cost of attending a university had long been borne entirely by the government. The Czech Republic's new higher-education law set fees ranging from $95 to $380 per year, depending on which academic specialty a student pursued. In mid-March thousands of Hungarian students demonstrated in Budapest following the government's announcement that tuition would be charged in the fall term.

      Swiss students protested a tuition increase from $60 to $450 per semester and proposed instead that the needed funds be raised through the savings achieved by the hiring of associate professors rather than full professors. Academics in Switzerland had been among the highest paid in the world, with salaries of associate professors ranging from $97,000 to $133,000 and of full professors from $121,000 to $166,000.

      The issue of tuition also set off street demonstrations in Australia, where protesters demanded that the government abolish fees for graduate students and revoke the deferred-payment system that required students to pay about 20% of their educational costs.

      At the same time, in a bold move the Australian government allotted a record high of U.S. $12 billion for state higher education programs over the 1997-99 period. The funds would equip institutions to serve an additional 11,000 students in regions with growing populations, to provide more research facilities, to increase vocational education offerings, and to strengthen the Australian Research Council. The government's new performance-based funding system led to a transfer of funds from existing institutions to newly established universities. The plan provided nearly $248 million annually to new institutions, on the basis of their success in obtaining research grants from industries, on their levels of publication, and on the number of graduate students completing their studies.

      Concern over bureaucratic meddling in the hiring and promotion of professors was voiced in Japan and Italy. At a conference of Japanese academics, the nation's Ministry of Education was accused of contributing to a decline in the quality of teaching in universities by preventing higher education institutions from individually evaluating faculty members. Critics charged that the ministry's strict bureaucratic control over appointments served to keep ineffective professors in their posts and thereby led to a lower quality of instruction.

      In Italy the practice of basing professorial appointments on political patronage rather than on candidates' accomplishments was attacked by delegates at a conference on recruitment and academic promotion in European universities held at the University of Bologna. Speakers claimed that the patronage system, in which assignments were made nationally rather than by individual institutions, damaged the image of Italian academics in international circles and caused Italy to perform poorly in the competition for European Union research grants. In contrast to the Italian model, promotion schemes operating in France, The Netherlands, Austria, and the United Kingdom were said to include continuous assessment of merit in both teaching and research, student evaluations of professors' teaching effectiveness, and faculty-selection committees including representatives from various departments of the university.


      See also Libraries (Libraries and Museums ) and Museums (Libraries and Museums ).

      This updates the articles education, history of (education); teaching.

▪ 1995

      Noteworthy concerns in education in 1994 included attention to academic performance levels, educational attainment in industrialized nations, problems of financing education, religion in the schools, and the expansion of women's educational rights.

Primary and Secondary Education.
      The educational program of the administration of U.S. Pres. Bill Clinton was called the Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Voluntary goals were proposed for the states: children entering school ready to learn; a 90% graduation rate; competence in basic subjects and in the arts; "world-class" instruction in mathematics and science; total adult literacy; drug- and violence-free schools; improved teacher education; and increased parental involvement in schooling. Meanwhile, the number of states contracting with private companies for the management of public schools continued to increase in 1994. During the year Massachusetts, for example, awarded contracts to private firms for the running of 15 new alternative schools. In November voters in California approved a referendum denying educational and other services to illegal immigrants.

      The U.S. Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1994 to provide federal support for specific aspects of education. More than half of the expenditures were to provide local districts with resources to supplement the education of culturally disadvantaged students, served in 90% of the nation's schools. The act also provided for teacher-education and crime-reduction programs. The ESEA required a one-year expulsion of students who took guns into schools, and it prohibited the use of federal funds to promote either homosexual or heterosexual activity or to distribute condoms in schools. The five-year reauthorization, effective in fiscal year 1995, was for $12.7 billion. President Clinton also signed a reauthorization of the 29-year-old Head Start program. More admissions would be possible for infants and toddlers, and more all-day, all-year programs would be funded for poor children.

      Simply disliking school continued to be the main reason U.S. students dropped out, according to the Department of Education's annual study. A quarter of female dropouts and 8% of males cited parenthood as the reason for ending their education. Eleven percent of the 16-24 age group—3.4 million people—were high-school dropouts, but overall the U.S. dropout rate had declined since 1970. Another national study found that students in small schools consistently did better on tests of performance. School size, which determined how well the staff knew and guided individual students, rather than racial homogeneity was found to be the critical factor.

      Proposals for reforming U.S. welfare programs commonly included plans for encouraging teenage mothers to complete high school. Education was suggested as a way to increase the ability to get good jobs and to eliminate sliding into welfare cycles. An Ohio plan was lauded by federal officials as a model for the nation; incentives included cash bonuses, child care, transportation, and counseling by social workers. Education also was part of proposals to encourage welfare parents to keep their children in school on a regular basis, with penalties imposed on parents whose children's school-attendance patterns were unacceptable.

      France and New Zealand continued to experiment with innovative school-attendance schedules aimed at enhancing students' academic progress, improving family life, and reducing stress for both students and teachers. In France a four-day school week (with Wednesday off for religious studies) was compared with a traditional five-day school week that included attendance on Saturday morning and Wednesday off. A survey revealed that 72% of teachers and 77% of parents with children in four-day programs preferred the arrangement. Parents reported that their children's schoolwork and health benefited under the four-day plan. In New Zealand 230 local boards of education chose to change from the established three-term school year to a four-term year that had proved successful when tried in six schools in 1993. The experimental schools reported that under the shorter (10-week) term, pupil-teacher interaction improved, pupils settled down to their studies more quickly after term breaks, and they stayed more motivated throughout the term. Officials estimated that the new plan would be instituted nationally by 1996.

      Increasing numbers of parents in China engaged in prenatal teaching in order to maximize their children's educational opportunities early in life. The instructional procedure involved a pregnant woman, equipped with a cassette recorder, transmitting audiotaped lessons to her unborn child by means of a plastic speaker placed on her abdomen. Hospitals held training sessions in prenatal education for parents and sold them lesson tapes; newspapers and television stations cooperated by featuring information on prenatal instruction. In particular, the government's policy of one child per family stimulated parents' efforts to ensure that their one child would excel academically. In both China and Japan, programs of systematic instruction for children from the time of birth until they entered school grew in popularity. One Japanese version was the academic preschool to which parents sent toddlers at an average cost of $90 per 50-minute lesson, with such fees doubled or tripled for children in programs for the gifted. More than 100 of these early-learning centres in the Tokyo area prepared preschoolers to pass the tests required for admission to elite kindergartens.

      Parents of an estimated one million of China's one-child families sent their children to summer camp in 1994 to experience the rigours of village life so as to toughen the youngsters physically and mentally. The growing summer-camp movement was designed to confront coddled city children with what their parents called "eating bitterness" (chi ku) as a means of inuring the young to frustrations they might face in the future. The number of campers in 1994 exceeded the 1993 total by several hundred thousand, and plans were set to expand the program in the years ahead.

      Pressure exerted on children in Hong Kong to excel academically was held at least partly to blame for the colony's rising suicide rate among the young. A survey revealed that primary-school pupils in Hong Kong spent an average of three hours a day on homework, longer than pupils in any other Asian society. The study showed that homework began at age three, when kindergarten children took home the assignment of repeating Chinese characters an hour each day. Furthermore, pupils were found to suffer distress at the prospect of doing poorly on the examinations that dominated the schools' curricula. As an antidote to the pressure, the government issued a guidebook with ideas for teachers on how to make homework less onerous and involve less rote memorization.

      To improve primary education in Mexico, a World Bank loan of $412 million was added to $204.7 million from the Mexican government for training teachers and administrators, reducing student dropout rates, and financing the development of reading materials in 17 regional dialects. The nation's new education secretary, Fernando Solana Morales, endorsed a plan to modernize the country's education system that included the transfer of decision making from federal to state authorities.

      In Papua New Guinea a struggle over literacy programs ensued between proponents of indigenous languages on one side and a coalition of Western-trained teachers and fundamentalist Christians on the other. The teachers and Christians advocated literacy in English as a means of integrating the nation of more than 700 local tongues, a policy endorsed by the government's central department of education. In opposition, the nongovernmental "critical literacy" campaign that began in 1990 employed techniques created by Paulo Freire, the Brazilian educational revolutionary, to institute village-run reading, writing, and publishing programs in local languages for 1,500 rural communities. By 1994 teachers had provided evidence that children who already could read in their indigenous language upon entering the primary grades learned English more readily than those who entered without such training. In addition, more pupils whose literacy started with their local language completed primary school and passed tests for entry to high school. These results stimulated the government to introduce a major reform of elementary and secondary education that incorporated preschool literacy instruction.

      A study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revealed that by the early 1990s more than half the adult population in most industrialized countries had completed secondary school. Educational attainment still varied among the OECD's 24 member nations, however. More than 30% of the adult population in Australia, Canada, and the United States, for example, had some higher education, while in Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey the proportion was 10% or lower. The study also showed that earnings generally rose with an increase in educational attainment. For example, university graduates in the United States earned 64% more than high-school graduates.

      During the UN-sponsored International Conference on Population and Development, increased accessibility to better education was offered as a justification for population control. Advocates suggested that better education would be available in smaller families. Better education for women was also advocated as an effective motivator of family planning. (See Sidebar. (REFUGEES: The Cairo Conference ))

      UNICEF's The Progress of Nations study chided the United States and Europe for the levels of resources devoted to caring for women and children, saying that less developed nations do better. The UN report said, for example, that only 94% of U.S. children enter fifth grade, a low figure considering the nation's wealth.

      In Russia the government's innovative noncommunist curriculum was introduced in the nation's schools. In contrast to curricula of the past, the plan was not mandatory, and it allowed a wide choice in course materials for public schools. Only one-third of the country's 67,000 schools adopted the new program during its first year, however, with the remaining two-thirds preferring to continue with traditional offerings. At the same time, hundreds of new private schools contributed to the growing diversity among institutions in terms of cost to parents, curriculum patterns, teaching methods, and quality of equipment. Observers were concerned that the advent of private schools catering to the rich was contributing to increased social-class distinctions in Russian society. In Uzbekistan hundreds of recently founded Islamic religious schools (madrasahs) posed a new form of competition for the existing secular public schools that had been based on Soviet models.

      Authorities in Poland sought to alter the educational system's longtime emphasis on training workers for specific jobs in heavy industry, a curriculum that in the past had enrolled 70% of the nation's primary-school graduates. In 1994, under a reform plan, 60% of those leaving primary school would pursue broad academic studies that provided the basis for a wide range of occupational fields. As Poland emphasized academic programs, Australia moved in the opposite direction by increasing vocational offerings. Australia's Prime Minister Paul Keating announced that while his nation had established 17 new universities over the previous eight years, the rest of the 1990s would witness the rapid growth of postsecondary vocational programs. Educational planners in Australia sought to emulate Germany, which, compared with the size of its workforce, had four times as many apprentices as Australia and twice as many workers with nonuniversity postsecondary training.

      The budget issued by South Africa's president, Nelson Mandela, increased spending on education by 11.5%. The plan also provided for supplying milk to schools as a means of alleviating malnutrition and illness among black children. An African National Congress proposal to redress social inequities and eliminate needless duplication in South Africa's educational system would unify the country's 14 different race-based education departments into a single Ministry of Education and Training. An expansion of education through correspondence and broadcast courses was also seen as an important aspect of educational provisions for the postapartheid era.

      In Malawi, after three decades of dictatorship, voters in May brought to power a democratically elected government dedicated to free, universal primary education. The enthusiastic response of the populace was reflected in an increase in primary enrollment from 1.9 million children during the 1993-94 school year to more than 3 million as the new school year began in September 1994. Class sizes, already often as high as 200 pupils, were now expected to reach 300 in some districts.

      Britain's Education Secretary John Patten courted widespread criticism for insisting that schools obey a law requiring all students to engage in daily collective worship "of a broadly Christian character." Not only did Patten's directive alienate those of non-Christian faiths, but the idea of daily worship was also opposed by the Church of England, by the nation's Office for Standards in Education, and by schools that lacked an auditorium in which to collect the entire student body. As a consequence, the directive was deemed unenforceable.

      A U.S. federal judge held unconstitutional most of a Mississippi law that permitted prayer in public schools. The judge held that the law was too broad and vague to pass constitutional muster, but he did let stand a provision for student-initiated prayers at graduation ceremonies. The Mississippi law would have allowed students to incorporate prayers into almost any school situation. The case was one of many in which states sought a way around the 1962 and 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decisions outlawing prayers planned and led by school officials or religious leaders. A 1992 court appeal had opened the doors to student-led prayers at high-school commencement programs.

      Expanded educational rights for women received attention in a variety of countries. World Bank studies of poverty in Latin America supported several conclusions: the less education people have, the more likely they will live in poverty; people of indigenous ancestry generally have less education and lower earnings than nonindigenous people; and indigenous women as a group have less education and lower earnings than indigenous men. Authors of the studies concluded that a key way for most Latin-American countries to improve their economies and to reduce poverty would be through the mounting of programs to raise the educational level of the large numbers of indigenous women in the labour force. The Andalucian education department in Spain launched a sex-discrimination investigation of the Opus Dei, a conservative organization of Roman Catholics, after that body organized a mathematics competition from which girls were excluded.

Higher Education.
      The successful record of the European Union (EU) in student and faculty exchanges between its 12 member nations since 1987 led to a planned $1,250,000,000 expansion of the effort for the period 1994-99. Two existing programs ("Erasmus" for one-year student exchanges and "Lingua" for foreign-language training abroad) would operate under a newly devised umbrella plan called "Socrates." Since Erasmus began in 1987, the number of participating students had grown 20% each year. In 1994 more than 100,000 students attended a European institution outside their own country through such programs. During the year the EU's experiment with facilitating the recognition of academic work abroad included 145 institutions in 18 countries.

      A decade of major renovation in Denmark's system of higher education reached its final phase by 1994, after the architect of the reform, the minister of education and research, Bertel Haarder, left his post in 1993 to take a seat in the Folketing (parliament). During Haarder's tenure, the Education Ministry had returned decision-making powers to university rectors, linked the size of a university's budget to the number of degrees awarded, developed examinations for raising academic performance and eliminating weak students, and introduced internal and external monitoring procedures to foster academic quality. Enrollment in Sweden's colleges and universities reached a record of about 184,000 students in 1994, partly a result of funding policies that required each unit in the higher-education system to earn its annual budget by the number of students it enrolled and the number of academic credits they acquired. The policies were credited with motivating institutions to devise new ways of attracting and retaining students. To help cope with surging enrollments, the government authorized a second university for Stockholm, scheduled to open in 1995.

      In its second year of operation, Japan's University of Aizu in 1994 enrolled 500 students taught by a multinational faculty—40% of the instructional staff from Japan and 60% from 14 other nations. The university was unique in offering only two curriculum choices—computer hardware and computer software. Its president, Tosiyasu I. Kunii, left his position as a prolific computer scientist at Tokyo University to establish the new university in an effort to stimulate creativity in computer design, which critics claimed had been missing among Japan's graduates in the past.

      Pakistan's first independent think tank, the newly founded Sustainable Development Policy Institute, placed environmental concerns, social justice, and the quality of higher education as top-level issues for the immediate future. Among the initial projects was a plan to assist in founding a new private institution, Khaldunia University, which would emphasize the social sciences and humanities. The university was to be an elite institution open to talented youths from all social classes. Offerings would include a two-year master's degree program in environmental studies.

      In many countries financial difficulties continued to frustrate university administrations and students alike. Faced with funding constraints and burgeoning enrollments, a growing number of German universities restricted the time students were permitted for pursuing an undergraduate degree. A law passed by the Berlin city government followed the lead of North Rhine-Westphalia in allowing no more than 9 semesters of attendance in most academic fields and 10 semesters in engineering and the natural sciences. At the same time, the federal government adopted stricter requirements for students receiving financial grants. The British government's new restrictions on the size of grants to institutions were expected to slow the sharp increase in university enrollments of recent years. Total enrollment during the fall term of 1994 reached a new high of over 1,140,000 students, 748,000 of whom attended full time. A survey revealed that more students than ever before had been forced to take jobs to help support themselves and pay for their education. At vocationally oriented universities up to one-third of the students were employed while pursuing their studies. Those attending Oxford and Cambridge were less likely to hold jobs.

      Students in Portugal publicly protested what they viewed as weaknesses of the nation's institutions of higher education as compared with other European countries. Demonstrations by youths from the country's 11 universities and 13 polytechnics included campaigns against the ruling Social Democratic Party prior to midyear elections. The dissidents also condemned the government for linking fees to family income so that students from more affluent homes were now required to pay as much as $800 a year in tuition, compared with $8 two years earlier. The government of Ireland, on the other hand, planned to eliminate tuition in its seven universities within the next three years. During 1994, student fees ranged from about $2,250 to $3,300 a year, with only 40% of students receiving government aid. In Finland faculty members and students set aside a "Day of Outrage" to protest the government's 8% cut in the 1994 budget for the country's 20 colleges and universities, a decrease that extended funding reductions over the 1991-94 period to some 20%. The government announced that the economic recession was responsible for the cuts.

      A 6% increase in four-year college tuitions in the United States in 1994, the smallest since 1989, brought the average annual cost at private colleges to $11,709 and at public institutions to $2,686. Private and public community colleges had smaller tuition increases, to $6,511 (up 5%) and $1,298 (4%), respectively.

      A new approach to making college student loans in the United States went into effect during the year in 104 selected colleges. Some 1,000 institutions were expected to participate in the new plan in 1995. Touted as a way to save billions of dollars over time as fully implemented, the new procedure provided federal money directly to institutions, which in turn provided financial aid to students. In another economy move, a vigorous government drive resulted in a 15% drop in student-loan default rates. More than 440 institutions with high default rates for three consecutive years ran the risk of having their students become ineligible for loans, which could have a severe impact on those institutions' enrollments.

      AmeriCorps also got under way in 1994. By 1996 the program would enable 100,000 volunteers to earn an average of $7,500 per year, plus child and health care if needed. Community service work could be done in areas such as education, social programs, environmental improvement, and public safety. Education vouchers for an additional $4,725 could be used both to pay off previous educational loans and for future expenses.

      The German academic exchange service reported that foreign students were increasingly avoiding study opportunities in Germany because of that country's growing reputation for racist attacks on foreigners. Out of 800 overseas education grants allocated by the Turkish government in 1994, for example, only 12 recipients chose to study in Germany, despite the country's large established population of Turks.

      In Australia's institutions of higher education, women held only one-third of all faculty positions and one-tenth of posts at the rank of senior lecturer or above. To increase the number of women in senior positions, Edith Cowan University near Perth adopted a policy of awarding at least 40% of all 1994 faculty promotions to women. Kuwait University, newly restored from the damage inflicted by Iraqi military forces during the Gulf war of 1991, had broken with Islamic tradition in 1993 by appointing Faiza Muhammad al-Kharafi president, the first woman to hold such a post in an Arab nation. At Lucy Cavendish College for women in Britain's University of Cambridge, a clause in a contract for the construction of a dining hall forbade construction workers to whistle at, or otherwise harass, women students.

      Former communist nations of Eastern Europe continued to renovate their systems of higher education. As a means of distancing themselves from Russian culture, all such institutions in Estonia and Latvia, for example, eliminated the practice of teaching many courses in Russian, as had been required during four decades of Soviet domination.

      Institutions across the Arab world coped with a continuing anti-Western cultural campaign carried on by Islamic fundamentalist students and faculty members. Although Algerian authorities in the 1980s had given Islamists free rein in the universities, by 1994 they were banned from university campuses in order to prevent what authorities viewed as excessive interference with the proper conduct of education. The Egyptian government, in a similar move, expelled suspected fundamentalist radicals from university dormitories and began screening candidates for positions of student leadership. In such secular Arab states as Iraq, Libya, and Syria, tight government control over institutions of higher education prevented significant fundamentalist intrusion into university affairs.

      A survey of 20,000 faculty members in 13 countries and Hong Kong revealed that a large proportion of scholars throughout the world thought their students came inadequately prepared for university studies, their institution's administrators were often autocratic, their own salaries were inadequate, and respect for their profession was declining. The countries included Australia, Brazil, Chile, England, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States. While there was considerable agreement among scholars on some issues, marked differences between countries appeared on others. When asked about the freedom to pursue their own ideas, more than two-thirds of respondents in England, Japan, Sweden, and the United States said that they were satisfied, whereas fewer than 30% in Israel, Russia, and South Korea expressed such satisfaction. The proportion of participants rating the intellectual atmosphere at their institutions as "good" or "excellent" met or exceeded 60% in Brazil, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, and the United States but was under 40% in Chile, Japan, and South Korea. High ratings for the computer facilities at their institutions were given by at least 60% of respondents in Germany, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States but by fewer than 30% in Brazil, Japan, Russia, and South Korea.


      See also Law ; Libraries .

      This updates the articles education, history of (education); teaching.

▪ 1994

      Key issues in education in 1993 included financing for schools and colleges at all levels; curriculum and textbook reform; religious, ethnic, and racial questions in primary and secondary schools and, in higher education, problems of academic and administrative autonomy; and the effects of violence, including wars, on education. Problems of how to guarantee the quality of staff and facilities and international cooperative educational efforts also were discussed.

      In the United States almost 64 million students were enrolled in schools in 1993, and nearly 8 million people were employed in education at all levels. Elementary and secondary enrollments rose to 48.9 million. Rapid increases in preschool and kindergarten classes brought total enrollments to 6,650,000. Minorities accounted for 31.5%, up from 26.8% in 1983.

      College enrollments broke a record with 15 million—9.1 million in four-year and 5.9 in two-year schools.

      Compared with other developed countries, U.S. teachers earned lower salaries, had less class-preparation time, and taught larger classes, according to a survey of 19 nations by the American Federation of Teachers. The top pay for U.S. high school teachers was $38,000, while that of Swiss teachers was $70,000. Teachers in Norway and Italy also received incomes at the low end of the scale.

      A study conducted by researcher-editor C. Emily Feistritzer found that small schools (up to 300 pupils) are conducive to a good learning environment. School size was found to be more significant than class size. The researcher found three other important quality variables: high expectations of students, challenging courses, and well-managed schools. The ALEC Foundation published the report.

      U.S. college graduates earned twice as much as high school graduates, but in a tough job market, the college graduates often faced difficulties in securing their first jobs and often took low-paying ones. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expected the number of graduates to outstrip the number of jobs for two more decades.

Primary and Secondary Education.
      Funding. Education costs in the U.S. were projected to reach $493 billion for the 1993-94 school year, a 50% increase (adjusted for inflation) since 1983-84. The proportion of gross domestic product devoted to education moved from 6.7% to 7.9% during the 10-year period. Without adopting an alternative, the state of Michigan eliminated property taxes as its main school revenue, and some $6.3 billion—two-thirds of the money used to support public schools—was lost. Property taxes had long been criticized as being inequitable because they provided rich districts with much more money than was available to poor districts. Eleven states had earmarked state lottery income for education, but this yielded little fiscal relief, according to a report of the Educational Research Service. On average, only 3.8% of education costs was raised through lottery earnings.

      Educational Reforms. Niamh Breathnach, a former school teacher, became Ireland's first minister of education from the Labour Party and only the third woman to hold that post. She was chosen partly because of a growing consensus that more should be done to help the socially disadvantaged in a society with an unemployment rate of 20%. An initial reform to be adopted was the reduction of class size, which at more than 30 was the highest in Europe. The goal was to reduce the teacher-pupil ratio to 1:22 by 1996, to provide 500 more remedial teachers, and to offer psychological services for all schools. In addition, Ireland joined the world's growing decentralization movements by devolving more responsibility for school management from the central government to local boards of education.

      Planned school reforms in Hungary led to public protests over the government's intent to postpone teachers' salary increases and to introduce legislation that would provide classes on religious education, give churches the right to establish private schools, and institute a national curriculum similar to Western European models. Primary and secondary schoolteachers in New Zealand refused to place new syllabi into practice until the government dropped its plan to give each school a bulk salary grant based on an average salary for the school rather than on individual teachers' actual wages. The scheme was viewed by teachers unions and boards of education as grossly unfair.

      In China the government tacitly encouraged the establishment of private primary and middle schools on the apparent assumption that competition would raise the quality of education both in state and in private institutions. Public demand for schooling opportunities that train learners for a market economy was particularly heavy in the economically booming province of Guangdong (Kwangtung) in southern China.

      In Spain a revolutionary approach to primary schooling was instituted under the direction of Álvaro Marchesi, a professor of developmental psychology. Two aims of the plan were to reduce the amount of curricula designed by the central government in order to focus children's studies more on their immediate environments and to replace rote memorization with meaningful understanding. Key decisions about lesson content and teaching method were thus delegated to local schools. To help implement the innovations, a broad array of new textbooks were reproduced in the nation's officially recognized languages—Castilian Spanish and the regional tongues of the Basques, Galicians, and Catalonians. Music and physical education would be provided for the youngest children, and a second language—in most cases English—would be introduced at age eight.

      New Russian textbooks for teaching English reflected the nation's revised curriculum guidelines. Unlike the former texts that were laden with communist polemics, the new books featured modern language-instruction techniques without political messages, thereby conforming to the requirement of the 1992 education laws that forbade mixing political ideology and language instruction. In the past, history textbooks in Japan omitted mention of acts of aggression and cruelty committed by the nation's military units during World War II. However, revised texts issued in 1993 included accounts of unsavoury events that had been missing from earlier versions. The recent addition of such events reflected the government's response to sharp criticism from South Korea and China that Japan was attempting to distort accounts of what occurred in the 1930s and '40s in territories occupied by Japanese forces.

      Educational planners in Hong Kong, anticipating the 1997 transfer of political control of the colony from Britain to China, were placing increased emphasis on studies that encouraged heightened awareness of Chinese culture and political consciousness. New textbooks were picturing China in more favourable terms than in the past. In the nearby Portuguese colony of Macau, a similar set of curriculum changes foreshadowed that territory's scheduled return to Chinese sovereignty in 1999. Efforts to censor schoolbooks and materials increased in the U.S., according to a report from People for the American Way. The civil liberties group said that the increase was a result of activism by conservative groups and the religious right. At issue were topics such as self-esteem, sexuality, drugs, and racism.

      Religious Issues. National policies defining the relationship between church and state in the conduct of education were the object of controversy in France, Poland, Israel, and the U.S. France's new minister of education, François Bayrou, a devout Roman Catholic, worked with church lobbyists to pass legislation that would provide vastly increased public funds for Catholic schools. Opposing groups calculated that the plan, if put into effect, would reduce the state system's income by F 4 billion and deprive many children of the opportunity for a secular republican education. A Polish constitutional tribunal decreed that religious instruction in state schools was admissible under the law. The decision was welcomed by the Catholic majority but was criticized by nonbelievers and adherents of other faiths, who contended that crosses displayed on classroom walls were an offense to non-Catholics and that the decision would lead to prejudicial treatment of their own followers.

      In Israel pressure from the ultra-Orthodox Shas political party forced Shulamit Aloni out of her post as minister of education on the charge that she had extolled Charles Darwin's version of creation in preference to the biblical version and had said it was no longer necessary to maintain Jewish dietary laws. Upon achieving independence from Ethiopia, Eritrea adopted a pragmatic socialist political philosophy that permitted all Muslim and Christian denominations to teach religious matters in schools as long as they followed a national curriculum in their secular subjects. Charges of religious discrimination were voiced by supporters of the private Islamia School in London when their application for a grant as a voluntary aided school was rejected by British authorities. Voluntary aided status would have paid all of the school's operating costs and 85% of capital spending. Britain had 4,100 Christian and 21 Jewish voluntary aided schools but none for the country's one million Muslims.

      The U.S. Supreme Court granted a church access to school facilities for a religious program. The justices held that the church's access had to be equal to the use granted other community groups. Under those circumstances access did not violate the prohibition in the First Amendment to the Constitution against official "establishment" of religion, and the access upheld constitutional rights to free speech. The Supreme Court also let stand a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that student-led prayers at graduation were permitted, while a religious figure's prayers were not. Amid much controversy a Jackson, Miss., high school principal, Bishop Knox, was dismissed in November for allowing students to read a prayer over the school intercom. A few weeks later the school board reinstated Knox but placed him on suspension without pay for the remainder of the school year.

      Ethnic and Racial Questions. Since the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia became an independent state, struggles over the control of education between the Macedonian majority and the ethnic Albanian minority had threatened to ruin the educational system and perhaps lead to general bloodshed. The issue was whether Macedonians, who made up two-thirds of the population, should control education and employ their language as the medium of instruction throughout the country or whether the Albanian minority should have the same right in the provinces they dominated. Albanians called for more secondary education in their language and a higher-learning institution of their own. In the nation's two universities, where all teaching was in Macedonian, only 5% of the students were Albanian.

      German educators faced the challenge of teaching ethnic tolerance and peaceful political action to a nation experiencing a rapid escalation of attacks by neo-Nazis on foreigners and the handicapped. A study revealed that one-third of young Germans between ages 15 and 24 held racist views or were susceptible to right-wing propaganda.

      In the U.S. a two-decades-old policy on using race as a key factor in assigning teachers was upheld by the Supreme Court. Involuntary transfers of teachers to maintain racial balances in individual schools had previously been held constitutional by a federal appeals court. The U.S. Census Bureau predicted that by 2010 Hispanics rather than African-Americans would be the largest minority group. The demographic changes were expected to result in calls for more Spanish-language classes and other changes. In November a federal court ruled that a University of Maryland scholarship for blacks only was constitutional because of the university's history of discrimination.

      Social Issues: Violence. A survey of secondary schools in Japan reported a marked increase in truancy and bullying among pupils. Critics blamed the increase on the education system's unduly strict discipline that impelled students to keep pace with a demanding national curriculum. However, the Ministry of Education was not inclined to alter the traditional pattern of schooling that was credited with producing the highly literate citizenry considered essential for the nation's socioeconomic well-being. The government's effort to reduce bullying consisted of assigning 14,000 social welfare officers to work in schools. Teachers from four secondary schools in a Paris suburb staged a series of strikes in protest against what they claimed was the Ministry of Education's inadequate reaction to growing violence. Incidents included physical attacks on teachers, drug peddling, intimidation of classmates to get their possessions, and sexual abuse of younger students by older ones. The ministry responded by assigning national servicemen from the Defense Department to the beleaguered schools.

      Surveys showed that two-thirds of the German public placed the blame for growing lawlessness on the heavy dose of violence and sex dominating TV programming. Nearly three-quarters of the population believed that a detrimental influence on young people resulted from television's removing traditional taboos from killing. In the U.S. the four major television networks agreed to include parental warnings at the beginning of violent TV shows. A study by the American Psychological Association found that by the time the average child completed elementary school, he or she had viewed 8,000 killings and 100,000 violent acts on television. Another study, released in December by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., showed that nearly one in four pupils and one in 10 teachers had been victims of violence on or near school property.

      Vocational and Special Education. The administration of U.S. Pres. Bill Clinton unfolded its plan to reform high school vocational education, calling for cooperative school and business activities to provide students with paid work experience, mentoring, and counseling. School-based experiences would include both academic instruction and vocational training. The program would serve the 75% of American youth who did not attend college.

      Early in the year Greek students and teachers conducted demonstrations principally in protest against the government's effort to promote private institutes of vocational training—fee-paying colleges for 16- to 18-year-olds—alongside currently established institutions. Demonstrators claimed that the government's attempt would be the first step toward abolishing free state education.

      In an Arizona case the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schools may provide special education students with assistance even in a parochial school. The ruling for the first time permitted a public employee—an interpreter—to serve a child whose parents had selected a religious school. The court viewed the assistance as benefiting the child and not subsidizing the religious school.

      International and Regional Cooperation. Educators in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay organized to write a common regional history as part of those nations' movement toward forming a common economic market, Mercosur, by 1994-95. Side agreements between the four countries' Ministries of Education committed them to providing instruction in both Spanish and Portuguese in their schools and to setting common standards for certifying teachers. The four also formed a regional education association that had convened three conferences.

      Antonio Ruberti of Italy, the European Community's (EC's) newly appointed commissioner responsible for science, research, and development, defined three goals for the immediate future: to increase the mobility of ideas and educational programs between the 12 member nations, to improve the exchange of information among Ministries of Education on the development of training policies, and to foster more rapid agreement on diploma equivalency between the community's educational institutions.

      In Chile the government's satisfaction with initial results of the country's 900-Schools Project led the Ministry of Education to extend the program to 635 additional schools, thereby reaching about 15% of public primary schools and 20% of primary students. Originally funded by a grant from Denmark and Sweden, the 900-Schools Project provided Chile's most poorly equipped schools with textbooks, workbooks, libraries, training for teachers, and funds to repair buildings.

Higher Education.
      Funding. Financial struggles continued to plague higher-education institutions in various parts of the world. Funding problems endangered the continued operation of the eight Palestinian universities in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. After 1973, when the first university was established, a large portion of the institutions' funds came from Arab countries. Israel closed the universities in 1988 for nearly four years after the Palestinian intifada, and funds from abroad declined, particularly after the 1991 Gulf war. All eight universities had reopened by the end of 1992. The current financial crisis resulted from a combination of less funding from abroad and rapidly rising enrollments. In 1993 an estimated 17,000 students attended the eight institutions, exceeding the pre-intifada total because the 1993 entrants included a backlog of high school graduates from the 1988-92 period.

      Pressure to admit more students into higher education motivated the Israeli government to authorize between $175 million and $250 million for construction projects over the 1993-96 period, the first significant government expenditure for buildings since 1974. The proposal was designed to cope with enrollments that had increased by 15,000 students between 1991 and 1993, partly as a result of immigration.

      The threat of reduced public moneys for Australian higher education was averted when the Labor Party won a surprise victory over opposing conservative parties that had advocated cutbacks in central government support of universities and colleges. The Labor government promised to add U.S. $300 million to the universities' U.S. $4.3 billion budget, a move that could increase the enrollment in higher education by 25,000 students. The demand for higher education in Australia far exceeded the available places. In 1993 an estimated 583,000 students attended the country's 35 public universities, while 50,000 qualified applicants were unable to gain admission. Total enrollment in the university system had increased by 67% over the previous 10 years.

      In the United States college costs had increased by 126% in the 1980s and by the 1990s were exceeded only by housing costs as the most expensive family budget item. In 1993 a congressionally appointed commission urged that the present patchwork system of federal aid to college students be scrapped and instead that each eligible student receive $14,000 per year. The annual aid would be adjusted on the basis of averaged college expenses. The College Board estimated that by 2010 the cost of four years in a public college would be $121,000 and in a private college $250,000. The U.S. Department of Education and congressional investigators reported that the major federal college student aid plan was the victim of large-scale fraud. The Pell Grants program was designed to help students gain job skills by attending college or trade schools. Alleged abuses in the $6.7 billion program included payments received by the schools for students not attending classes, sale of lists to permit schools to apply for grant money, awards to students who had not graduated from high school, and kickbacks to ineligible students who allowed their names to be used in applications for Pell Grants.

      A key Clinton campaign theme, performing community service to earn college money, was signed into law in September. Some $1.5 billion was made available for tuition, living allowances, and health care/child day care. Initially some 20,000 college students were likely to receive benefits.

      Violence continued to cripple higher education in some areas of the world, most notably in the former Yugoslavia, where Serbs, Croats, and Muslims struggled for political control. During the area's past civil strife, more than 25% of the country's scientists had fled abroad, an exodus intensified by UN economic sanctions that hampered scholars' travel and access to new books and journals. Serbian authorities ousted the rector of the University of Belgrade and forced the election of a person acceptable to the government; nearly half of the university's faculty members declined to vote in the election. Protracted war in Bosnia and Herzegovina not only closed universities but led to what critics claimed was the intentional destruction by Serbian forces of Bosnian national libraries and other repositories of historical and cultural knowledge.

      Administration. Educational institutions in Europe and Asia wrestled with questions of relationships with their governments. Parliament in The Netherlands granted the nation's 14 universities and 19 vocational institutes wide-ranging academic and administrative autonomy in exchange for the introduction of a new system of quality control. Minister of Education Jo Ritzen predicted that greater efficiency would result because university officials "can see what decisions are necessary sooner and better than we at the ministry can." Whereas in the past, curricula were set by the central ministry, under the new plan each institution could introduce courses without consulting the ministry. This move to permit a greater measure of self-governance followed similar policies instituted in Sweden and Denmark.

      In a break from the past, responsibility for higher education in France was removed from the Ministry of Education and assigned, along with research programs, to a new ministry headed by François Fillon, a career politician who previously specialized in military affairs but had no professional experience in education or research. Shortly after his appointment, Fillon sought to quell fears that he would promote the privatization of higher education. He told the academic community that while he favoured more autonomy for universities, he did not intend to undermine the existing national system.

      Privatization was much on the minds of educators in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe and northern Asia, where private colleges were being established at a growing pace as part of their rapid shift toward a market economy. In Mongolia the number of private colleges increased from six in 1991 to 18 by 1993. Furthermore, government institutions began charging students fees and engaging in outside moneymaking ventures to help pay operating costs. Such ventures in Mongolia included renting rooms to private businesses, offering consultancy services, and managing flocks of sheep. The government in Lithuania reacted against the Soviet practice of strong central control of higher education by giving full autonomy to that country's 13 institutions of higher learning, thereby matching a policy already applied in Estonia and Latvia.

      Political opposition forced the Hungarian Ministry of Education to abandon its plan to consolidate 20 universities and 50 specialized colleges into a new system that would have featured six comprehensive university centres. The plan represented a way to use scarce resources more efficiently, but it was defeated by politically influential administrators and faculty members who stood to lose their positions.

      In Russia thousands of would-be entrepreneurs, including retired military personnel, attended the scores of business schools that had sprung up since 1991. Many of the new schools were extensions of departments in existing state institutions, whereas others were private enterprises. The EC allocated $2 million to support the training of future leaders of industry at the Institute of Management Economics and Strategic Research in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Private British and American firms also contributed funds for training the 125 postgraduate students in Kazakhstan who were earning master's degrees in business administration and economics.

      Guaranteeing Quality Faculty. Appraisals of the quality of institutions were conducted in the United Kingdom and Canada. In Britain a comprehensive government assessment of higher-education research placed the University of Cambridge at the top with "world-class" ratings in 41 disciplines. The University of Oxford was second with world-class distinction in 28 fields, while University College, London, placed third with high marks in 21 areas. Britain's Association of University Teachers warned that the nation's universities would lose a great number of professors through retirement over the coming decade because more than half of the country's faculty members would be over age 50 within five years. Under existing law males must retire at age 65 and females at age 60. According to the association, the vacated positions would be difficult to fill because academic salaries were too low.

      Concern for making higher-learning institutions more accountable to society stimulated officials in nearly all of Canada's 10 provinces to launch audits of their universities and colleges. Prominent among the issues being investigated were questions of the unproductive duplication of departments, students' transferring credits from one institution to another, and institutions' responsibility for service to society in the fields of business, education, engineering, and environmental science.

      In the Czech Republic an assessment of a different kind took place as all 13,000 faculty members of the country's 23 public colleges and universities were required to reapply for their positions before the end of September 1993 or lose their posts. The reapplication plan provided for reviewing each individual's political and scholarly fitness to teach in postcommunist institutions of higher learning.

      International Education. In a move toward increasing the scope of cooperation in higher education between Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. institutions, 270 representatives of the three nations met to establish a Trilateral Council for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a North American Distance Education and Research Network, and a clearinghouse for information on academic institutions and their programs.

      Issues of regional educational standardization were raised in the EC when the European Commission warned Spain's Autonomous University of Barcelona that it had to reduce the number of veterinary students from 1,450 to 700 within two years if its graduates' qualifications were to be recognized in the EC's other 11 member nations. The university also was told to double the veterinary department's nonteaching staff and increase the budget by 500% to meet the Commission's standards. The warning was issued under a 1989 directive designed to make university degrees and certification comparable in all EC countries.


      See also Law ; Libraries .

      This updates the articles education, history of (education); teaching.

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      discipline that is concerned with methods of teaching and learning in schools or school-like environments as opposed to various nonformal and informal means of socialization (e.g., rural development projects and education through parent-child relationships).

      Education can be thought of as the transmission of the values and accumulated knowledge of a society. In this sense, it is equivalent to what social scientists term socialization or enculturation. Children—whether conceived among New Guinea tribespeople, the Renaissance Florentines, or the middle classes of Manhattan—are born without culture. Education is designed to guide them in learning a culture, molding their behaviour in the ways of adulthood, and directing them toward their eventual role in society. In the most primitive cultures, there is often little formal learning, little of what one would ordinarily call school or classes or teachers (teaching); instead, frequently, the entire environment and all activities are viewed as school and classes, and many or all adults act as teachers. As societies grow more complex, however, the quantity of knowledge to be passed on from one generation to the next becomes more than any one person can know; and hence there must evolve more selective and efficient means of cultural transmission. The outcome is formal education—the school and the specialist called the teacher.

      As society becomes ever more complex and schools become ever more institutionalized, educational experience becomes less directly related to daily life, less a matter of showing and learning in the context of the workaday world, and more abstracted from practice, more a matter of distilling, telling, and learning things out of context. This concentration of learning in a formal atmosphere allows children to learn far more of their culture than they are able to do by merely observing and imitating. As society gradually attaches more and more importance to education, it also tries to formulate the overall objectives, content, organization, and strategies of education. Literature becomes laden with advice on the rearing of the younger generation. In short, there develop philosophies and theories of education.

      This article discusses the history of education, tracing the evolution of the formal teaching of knowledge and skills, from prehistoric and ancient times to the present, and considering the various philosophies that have inspired the resulting systems. Other aspects of education are treated in a number of articles. For a treatment of education as a discipline, including educational organization, teaching methods, and the functions and training of teachers, see teaching; pedagogy; and teacher education. For a description of education in various specialized fields, see historiography; legal education; medical education; science, history of. For an analysis of educational philosophy, see education, philosophy of. For an examination of some of the more important aids in education and the dissemination of knowledge, see dictionary; encyclopaedia; library; museum; printing; publishing, history of. Some restrictions on educational freedom are discussed in censorship. For an analysis of pupil attributes, see intelligence, human; learning theory; psychological testing.

Education in primitive and early civilized cultures

Prehistoric and primitive cultures (primitive culture)
      The term education can be applied to primitive cultures only in the sense of enculturation, which is the process of cultural transmission. A primitive person, whose culture is the totality of his universe, has a relatively fixed sense of cultural continuity and timelessness. The model of life is relatively static and absolute, and it is transmitted from one generation to another with little deviation. As for prehistoric education, it can only be inferred from educational practices in surviving primitive cultures.

      The purpose of primitive education is thus to guide children to becoming good members of their tribe or band. There is a marked emphasis upon training for citizenship, because primitive people are highly concerned with the growth of individuals as tribal members and the thorough comprehension of their way of life during passage from prepuberty to postpuberty.

      Because of the variety in the countless thousands of primitive cultures, it is difficult to describe any standard and uniform characteristics of prepuberty education. Nevertheless, certain things are practiced commonly within cultures. Children actually participate in the social processes of adult activities, and their participatory learning is based upon what the American anthropologist Margaret Mead (Mead, Margaret) has called empathy, identification, and imitation. Primitive children, before reaching puberty, learn by doing and observing basic technical practices. Their teachers are not strangers but, rather, their immediate community.

      In contrast to the spontaneous and rather unregulated imitations in prepuberty education, postpuberty education in some cultures is strictly standardized and regulated. The teaching personnel may consist of fully initiated men, often unknown to the initiate though they are his relatives in other clans. The initiation may begin with the initiate being abruptly separated from his familial group and sent to a secluded camp where he joins other initiates. The purpose of this separation is to deflect the initiate's deep attachment away from his family and to establish his emotional and social anchorage in the wider web of his culture.

      The initiation “curriculum” does not usually include practical subjects. Instead, it consists of a whole set of cultural values, tribal religion, myths, philosophy, history, rituals, and other knowledge. Primitive people in some cultures regard the body of knowledge constituting the initiation curriculum as most essential to their tribal membership. Within this essential curriculum, religious instruction takes the most prominent place.

Education in the earliest civilizations
The Old World civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and North China
      The history of civilization started in the Middle East (Middle East, ancient) about 3000 BC, whereas the North China civilization began about a millennium and a half later. The Mesopotamian (Mesopotamia, history of) and Egyptian (Egypt, ancient) civilizations flourished almost simultaneously during the first civilizational phase (3000–1500 BC). Although these civilizations differed, they shared monumental literary achievements. The need for the perpetuation of these highly developed civilizations made writing and formal education indispensable.

      Egyptian culture and education were preserved and controlled chiefly by the priests (priesthood), a powerful intellectual elite in the Egyptian theocracy who also served as the political bulwarks by preventing cultural diversity. The humanities as well as such practical subjects as science, medicine, mathematics, and geometry were in the hands of the priests, who taught in formal schools. Vocational skills relating to such fields as architecture, engineering, and sculpture were generally transmitted outside the context of formal schooling.

      Egyptians developed two types of formal schools for privileged youth under the supervision of governmental officials and priests: one for scribes and the other for priest trainees. At the age of five, pupils entered the writing school and continued their studies in reading and writing until the age of 16 or 17. At the age of 13 or 14, the schoolboys were also given practical training in offices for which they were being prepared. Priesthood training began at the temple college, which boys entered at the age of 17, the length of training depending upon the requirements for various priestly offices. It is not clear whether or not the practical sciences constituted a part of the systematically organized curriculum of the temple college.

      Rigid method and severe discipline were applied to achieve uniformity in cultural transmission, since deviation from the traditional pattern of thought was strictly prohibited. Drill and memorization were the typical methods employed. But, as noted, Egyptians also used a work-study method in the final phase of the training for scribes.

      As a civilization contemporary with Egyptian civilization, Mesopotamia developed education quite similar to that of its counterpart with respect to its purpose and training. Formal education was practical and aimed to train scribes and priests. It was extended from basic reading, writing, and religion to higher learning in law, medicine, and astrology. Generally, youth of the upper classes were prepared to become scribes, who ranged from copyists to librarians and teachers. The schools for priests were said to be as numerous as temples. This indicates not only the thoroughness but also the supremacy of priestly education. Very little is known about higher education, but the advancement of the priestly work sheds light upon the extensive nature of intellectual pursuit.

      As in the case of Egypt, the priests in Mesopotamia dominated the intellectual and educational domain as well as the applied. The centre of intellectual activity and training was the library, which was usually housed in a temple under the supervision of influential priests. Methods of teaching and learning were memorization, oral repetition, copying of models, and individual instruction. It is believed that the exact copying of scripts was the hardest and most strenuous and served as the test of excellence in learning. The period of education was long and rigorous, and discipline was harsh.

North China
      In North China, the civilization of which began with the emergence of the Shang (Shang dynasty) era, complex educational practices were in effect at a very early date. In fact, every important foundation of the formation of modern Chinese character was already established, to a great extent, more than 3,000 years ago.

      Chinese ancient formal education was distinguished by its markedly secular and moral character. Its paramount purpose was to develop a sense of moral sensitivity and duty toward people and the state. Even in the early civilizational stage, harmonious human relations, rituals, and music formed the curriculum.

      Formal colleges and schools probably antedate the Zhou dynasty of the 1st millennium BC, at least in the imperial capitals. Local states probably had less-organized institutions, such as halls of study, village schools, and district schools. With regard to actual methods of education, ancient Chinese learned from bamboo books and obtained moral training and practice in rituals by word of mouth and example. Rigid rote learning, which typified later Chinese education, seems to have been rather condemned. Education was regarded as the process of individual development from within.

The New World civilizations (Mesoamerican civilization) of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca
      The outstanding cultural achievements of the pre-Columbian civilizations are often compared with those of Old World civilizations. The ancient Mayan calendar, which surpassed Europe's Julian calendar in accuracy, was, for example, a great accomplishment demonstrating the extraordinary degree of knowledge of astronomy and mathematics possessed by the Maya. Equally impressive are the sophistication of the Inca's calendar and their highway construction, the development of the Maya's complex writing system, and the magnificent temples of the Aztec. It is unfortunate that archaeological findings and written documents hardly shed sufficient light upon education among the Maya, Aztec, and Inca. But from available documents it is evident that these pre-Columbian civilizations developed formal education for training the nobility and priests. The major purposes of education were cultural conservation, vocational training, moral and character training, and control of cultural deviation.

The Maya
      Being a highly religious culture, the Maya regarded the priesthood as one of the most influential factors in the development of their society. The priest enjoyed high prestige by virtue of his extensive knowledge, literate skills, and religious and moral leadership, and high priests served as major advisers of the rulers and the nobility. To obtain a priesthood, which was usually inherited from his father or another close relative, the trainee had to receive rigorous education in the school, where priests taught history, writing, methods of divining, medicine, and the calendar system.

      Character training was one of the salient features of Mayan education. The inculcation of self-restraint, cooperative work, and moderation was highly emphasized in various stages of socialization as well as on various occasions of religious festivals. In order to develop self-discipline, the future priest endured a long period of continence and abstinence, and, to develop a sense of loyalty to community, he engaged in group labour.

The Aztec
      Among the Aztec, cultural preservation relied heavily upon oral transmission and rote memorization of important events, calendrical information, and religious knowledge. Priests and noble elders, who were called conservators, were in charge of education. Since one of the important responsibilities of the conservator was to censor new poems and songs, he took the greatest care in teaching poetry, particularly divine songs.

      At the calmecac, the school for native learning where apprenticeship started at the age of 10, the history of Mexico and the content of the historical codices were systematically taught. The calmecac played the most vital role in ensuring oral transmission of history through oratory, poetry, and music, which were employed to make accurate memorization of events easier and to galvanize remembrance. Visual aids, such as simple graphic representations, were used to guide recitation phases, to sustain interest, and to increase comprehension of facts and dates.

The Inca
      The Inca did not possess a written or recorded language as far as is known. Like the Aztec, they also depended largely on oral transmission as a means of maintaining the preservation of their culture. Inca education was divided into two distinct categories: vocational education for common Inca and highly formalized training for the nobility. As the Inca empire was a theocratic, imperial government based upon agrarian collectivism, the rulers were concerned about the vocational training of men and women in collective agriculture. Personal freedom, life, and work were subservient to the community. At birth an individual's place in the society was strictly ordained, and at five years of age every child was taken over by the government, and his socialization and vocational training were supervised by government surrogates.

      Education for the nobility consisted of a four-year program that was clearly defined in terms of the curricula and rituals. In the first year the pupils learned the Quechua (Quechuan languages) language, the language of the nobility. The second year was devoted to the study of religion and the third year to learning about the quipus (quipu), a complex system of knotted coloured strings or cords used for sending messages and recording historical events. In the fourth year major attention was given to the study of history, with additional instruction in sciences, geometry, geography, and astronomy. The instructors were highly respected encyclopaedic scholars known as amautas. After the completion of this education, the pupils were required to pass a series of rigorous examinations in order to attain full status in the life of the Inca nobility.

Nobuo Shimahara

Education in classical cultures

Ancient India
The Hindu tradition
      India is the site of one of the most ancient civilizations in the world. About the 2nd millennium BC the Aryans entered the land and came into conflict with the local, dark-skinned people they called the dasyu (“servants”). They defeated them, spread far and wide in the country, established large-scale settlements, and founded powerful kingdoms. In the course of time, a section of the intellectuals, the Brahmans (Brahman), became priests and men of learning; another group, nobles and soldiers, became the Kshatriya; the agricultural and trading class was called the Vaishya; and finally the dasyu were absorbed as the Sudra, or domestic servants. Such was the origin of the division of the Hindus (Hinduism) into four varnas, or “classes (social class).” By about 500 BC the classes became hardened into castes (caste).

      Religion was the mainspring of all activities in ancient India. It was of an all-absorbing interest and embraced not only prayer and worship but philosophy, morality, law, and government as well. Religion saturated educational ideals, too, and the study of Vedic literature (Veda) was indispensable to higher castes. The stages of instruction were very well defined. During the first period, the child received elementary education at home. The beginning of secondary education and formal schooling was marked by a ritual known as the upanayana, or thread ceremony, which was restricted to boys only and was more or less compulsory for boys of the three higher castes. The Brahman boys had this ceremony at the age of eight, the Kshatriya boys at the age of 11, and the Vaishya boys at the age of 12 years. The boy would leave his father's house and enter his preceptor's ashrama, or home, situated amid sylvan surroundings. The acarya would treat him as his own child, give him free education, and not charge anything for his boarding and lodging. The pupil had to tend the sacrificial fires, do the household work of his preceptor, and look after his cattle.

      The study at this stage consisted of the recitation of the Vedic mantras, or “hymns,” and the auxiliary sciences—phonetics, the rules for the performance of the sacrifices, grammar, astronomy, prosody, and etymology. The character of education, however, differed according to the needs of the caste. For a child of the priestly class, there was a definite syllabus of studies. The trayi-vidya, or the knowledge of the three Vedas, the most ancient of Hindu scriptures, was obligatory for him. During the whole course at school, as at college, the student had to observe brahmacharya—that is, wearing a simple dress, living on plain food, using a hard bed, and leading a celibate life.

      The period of studentship normally extended to 12 years. For those who wanted to continue their studies, there was no age limit. After finishing their education at an ashrama, or forest school, they would join a higher centre of learning or a university presided over by a kulapati (a founder of a school of thought). Advanced students would also improve their knowledge by taking part in philosophical discussions at a parisad, or “academy.” Education was not denied to women, but normally girls were instructed at home.

      The method of instruction differed according to the nature of the subject. The first duty of the student was to memorize the particular Veda of his school, with special emphasis placed on correct pronunciation. In the study of such literary subjects as law, logic, rituals, and prosody, comprehension played a very important role. A third method was the use of parables, which were employed in the personal spiritual teaching relating to the Upanishads (Upanishad), or conclusion of the Vedas. In higher learning, such as in the teaching of dharmashastra (“righteousness science”), the most popular and useful method was catechism—the pupil asking questions and the teacher discoursing at length on the topics referred to him. Memorization, however, played the greatest role.

The introduction of Buddhist influences
      By about the end of the 6th century BC, the Vedic rituals and sacrifices had gradually developed into a highly elaborate cult that profited the priests but antagonized an increasing section of the people. Education became generally confined to the Brahmans, and the upanayana was being gradually discarded by the non-Brahmans. The formalism and exclusiveness of the Brahmanic system was largely responsible for the rise of two new religious orders, Buddhism and Jainism. Neither of them recognized the authority of the Vedas, and both challenged the exclusive claims of the Brahmans to priesthood. They taught through the common language of the people and gave education to all, irrespective of caste, creed, or sex. Buddhism (Buddha) also introduced the monastic system of education. Monasteries (monastery) attached to Buddhist temples served the double purpose of imparting education and of training persons for priesthood. A monastery, however, educated only those who were its members. It did not admit day scholars and thus did not cater to the needs of the entire population.

      Meanwhile, significant developments were taking place in the political field that had repercussions on education. The establishment of the imperialistic Nanda dynasty in about 413 BC and then of the even stronger Mauryas (Mauryan empire) some 40 years later shook the very foundations of the Vedic structure of life, culture, and polity. The Brahmans in large numbers gave up their ancient occupation of teaching in their forest retreats and took to all sorts of occupations; the Kshatriya also abandoned their ancient calling as warriors; and the Sudra in their turn rose from their servile occupations. These forces produced revolutionary changes in education. Schools were established in growing towns, and even day scholars were admitted. Studies were chosen freely and not according to caste. Taxila had already acquired an international reputation in the 6th century BC as a centre of advanced studies and now improved upon it. It did not possess any college or university in the modern sense of the term, but it was a great centre of learning with a number of famous teachers, each having a school of his own.

      In the 3rd century BC Buddhism received a great impetus under India's most celebrated ruler, Ashoka. After his death, Buddhism evoked resistance, and a counterreformation in Hinduism began in the country. About the 1st century AD there was also a widespread lay movement among both Buddhists and Hindus. As a result of these events, Buddhist monasteries began to undertake secular as well as religious education, and there began a large growth of popular elementary education along with secondary and higher learning.

Classical India
      The 500 years from the 4th century AD to the close of the 8th, under the Guptas and Harsha and their successors, is a remarkable period in Indian history. It was the age of the universities (university) of Nalanda and Valabhi and of the rise of Indian sciences, mathematics, and astronomy. The university at Nalanda (Nālanda) housed a population of several thousand teachers and students, who were maintained out of the revenues from more than 100 villages. Because of its fame, Nalanda attracted students from abroad, but the admission test was so strict that only two or three out of 10 attained admission. More than 1,500 teachers discussed over 100 different dissertations every day. These covered the Vedas, logic, grammar, Buddhist and Hindu philosophy (Sankhya, Nyaya, etc.), astronomy, and medicine. Other great centres of Buddhist learning of the post-Gupta era were Vikramashila, Odantapuri, and Jagaddala. The achievements in science were no less significant. Aryabhata (Aryabhata I) in the late 5th century was the greatest mathematician of his age. He introduced the concepts of zero and decimals. Varahamihira (Varāhamihira) of the Gupta age was a profound scholar of all the sciences and arts, from botany to astronomy and from military science to civil engineering. There was also considerable development of the medical (medical education) sciences. According to contemporaries, more than eight branches of medical science, including surgery and pediatrics, were practiced by the physicians.

      These were the main developments in education prior to the Muslim invasions, beginning in the 10th century. Nearly every village had its schoolmaster, who was supported from local contributions. The Hindu schools of learning, known as pathasalas in western India and tol (ṭol)s in Bengal, were conducted by Brahman acaryas at their residence. Each imparted instruction in an advanced branch of learning and had a student enrollment of not more than 30. Larger or smaller establishments, specially endowed by rajas and other donors for the promotion of learning, also grew in number. The usual centres of learning were either some king's capital, such as Kanauj, Dhar, Mithila, or Ujjayini, or a holy place, such as Varanasi, Ayodhya, Kanchi, or Nasik. In addition to Buddhist viharas (monasteries), there sprang up Hindu mathas (monks' residences) and temple colleges in different parts of the country. There were also agrahara villages, which were given in charity to the colonies of learned Brahmans in order to enable them to discharge their scriptural duties, including teaching. Girls were usually educated at home, and vocational education was imparted through a system of apprenticeship.

Indian influences on Asia
      An account of Indian education during the ancient period would be incomplete without a discussion of the influence of Indian culture on Sri Lanka and Central and Southeast Asia (Southeast Asia, history of). It was achieved partly through cultural or trade relations and partly through political influence. Khotan (Hotan) in Central Asia (Central Asia, history of) had a famous Buddhist vihara as early as in the 1st century AD. A number of Indian scholars lived there, and many Chinese pilgrims, instead of going to India, stayed there. Indian pandits (scholars) were also invited to China and Tibet, and many Chinese and Tibetan monks studied in Buddhist viharas in India.

      The process of Indianization was at its highest in Southeast Asia. Beginning in the 2nd century AD, Hindu rulers reigned in Indochina and in the numerous islands of the East Indian archipelago, from Sumatra to New Guinea, for a period of 1,500 years. These regions were peopled by primitive races, who adopted the civilization of their masters. A greater India was thus established by a general fusion of cultures. Some of the inscriptions of these countries, written in flawless Sanskrit, show the influence of Indian culture. There are references to Indian philosophical ideas, legends, and myths and to Indian astronomical systems and measurements. Hinduism continued to wield its influence on these lands so long as the Hindus ruled in India. This influence ceased by the 15th century AD.

S.N. Mukerji

Ancient China
      Ancient Chinese education served the needs of a simple agricultural society with the family as the basic social organization. Paper and the writing brush had not been invented, and the “bamboo books” then recorded to be in existence were of limited use at best. Oral instruction and teaching by example were the chief methods of education.

      The molding of character was a primary aim of education. Ethical teachings stressed the importance of human relations and the family as the foundation of society. Filial piety, especially emphasizing respect for the elderly (old age), was considered to be the most important virtue. It was the responsibility of government to provide instruction so that the talented would be able to enter government service (Chinese civil service) and thus perpetuate the moral and ethical foundation of society.

The Zhou (Zhou dynasty) period

Xi (Western) Zhou (1046–771 BC)
      This was the feudal age (feudalism), when the feudal states were ruled by lords who paid homage to the king of Zhou and recognized him as the “Son of Heaven.”

      Schools were established for the sons of the nobility in the capital city of Zhou and the capital cities of the feudal states. Schools for the common people were provided within the feudal states in villages and hamlets and were attended, according to written records, by men and women after their work in the fields. There were elementary and advanced schools for both the ruling classes and the common people. Separate studies for girls were concerned chiefly with homemaking and the feminine virtues that assured the stability of the family system.

      The content of education for the nobility consisted of the “six arts”—rituals, music, archery, charioteering, writing, and mathematics. They constituted what may be called the “liberal education” of the period. Mere memory work was condemned. As Confucius said of the ancient spirit of education, “learning without thought is labour lost.”

Dong (Eastern) Zhou (770–256 BC)
      This was a period of social change brought about by the disintegration of the feudal order, the breakdown of traditional loyalties, the rise of cities and urban civilization, and the growth of commerce.

      The instability and the perplexing problems of the times challenged scholars to propose various remedies. The absence of central control facilitated independent and creative thinking. Thus appeared one of the most creative periods in China's intellectual history, when a Hundred Schools of thought vied with one another to expound their views and proposals for attaining a happy social and political order. Some urged a return to the teachings of the sages of old, while others sought better conditions by radical change. Among the major “schools” of this age were Daoism, Confucianism, Mohism, and Legalism. No one school was in the ascendancy. Each major school had its followers and disciples, among whom there was a vigorous program of instruction and intellectual discussion. Most active in the establishment of private schools were Confucius and his disciples, but the Daoists, the Mohists, and the Legalists also maintained teaching institutions.

      Another form of educational activity was the practice of the contending feudal states of luring to their domain a large number of scholars, partly to serve as a source of ideas for enhancing the prosperity of the state and partly to gain an aura of intellectual respectability in a land where the respect for scholars had already become an established tradition. The age of political instability and social disintegration was thus an age of free and creative intellectual activity. Conscious of their importance and responsibility, the scholars developed a tradition of self-respect and fearless criticism. It was this tradition that Confucius had in mind when he said that the educated person was not a utensil to be used, and it was this spirit that the Confucian philosopher Mencius described when he said that the great man was a man of principles whom riches and position could not corrupt, whom poverty and lowliness could not swerve, whom power and force could not bend.

      The teachings of the Hundred Schools and the records of the feudal states meant a marked increase in literature and, consequently, in the materials for instruction. The classical age of China, the period of the Dong Zhou, left an intellectual and educational legacy of inestimable value. Its scholars propounded theories of government and of social and individual life that were as influential in China and East Asia as the Greek philosophers of almost contemporary age were in the Western world.

The Qin–Han period

Qin (Qin dynasty) autocracy (221–206 BC)
      Of the various schools of thought that arose in China's classical age, Legalism was the first to be accorded official favour. The policies of the Qin dynasty were based on Legalist principles stressing a strong state with a centralized administration. Many of its policies were so different from past practices that they incurred the criticism of scholars, especially those who upheld the examples of the ancient sages. To stop the criticism, the ruler, who called himself the first emperor, acting upon the advice of a Legalist minister, decreed a clean break with the past and a banning of books (censorship) on history and of classics glorifying past rulers. Numerous books were collected and burned, and hundreds of scholars were put to death.

      Though condemned for the burning of books and the persecution of scholars, the Qin dynasty laid the foundation for a unified empire and made it possible for the next dynasty to consolidate its power and position at home and abroad. In education, the unification efforts included a reform and simplification of the written script and the adoption of a standardized script intelligible throughout the country. First steps were taken toward uniform textbooks for the primary schools. The invention of the writing brush made of hair, as well as the making of ink, led to the replacement of the clumsy stylus and bamboo slips with writing on silk.

Scholarship under the Han (Han dynasty) (206 BC–AD 220)
      The Han dynasty reversed many of the policies of its short-lived predecessor. The most important change was a shift from Legalism to Confucianism. The banned books were now highly regarded, and the classics became the core of education. An assiduous effort was made to recover the prohibited books and to discover books and manuscripts that scholars had concealed in secret places. Much painstaking work was done in copying and editing, and the textual and interpretative studies of the Han scholars accorded a new importance to the study of the classics. The making of paper further stimulated this revival of learning. Critical examination of old texts resulted in the practice of higher criticism long before it developed in the West.

      There were historians, philosophers, poets, artists, and other scholars of renown in the Han dynasty. Deserving special mention is Sima Qian, author of a monumental history of China from the earliest times to the 1st century BC, whose high level of scholarship earned him the title “Chinese Father of History.” An illustrious woman of letters, Ban Zhao, was named poet laureate. A bibliographer collected and edited ancient texts and designated them as classics. The first dictionary of the Chinese (Chinese languages) language was written. Since the discovery and interpretation of ancient texts had largely been the work of Confucian scholars, Chinese scholarship from now on became increasingly identified with Confucianism. Most of the Han rulers gave official sanction to Confucianism as a basis of conducting government and state affairs. There was, however, no action to exclude other schools of thought.

      There were a variety of schools on the national and local levels. Increasing activity in private education continued, and much of the study of the classics and enriched literature was done in private schools. Of considerable influence in the country and abroad was a national university with an enrollment that soared to 30,000. The classics now became the core of the curriculum, but music, rituals, and archery were still included. The tradition of all-round education in the six arts had not vanished.

Introduction of Buddhism
      The Han dynasty was a period of territorial expansion and growth in trade and cultural relations. Buddhism was introduced at this time.

      Early information about Buddhism was probably brought into China by traders, envoys, and monks. By the 1st century AD an emperor became personally interested and sent a mission to India to seek more knowledge and bring back Buddhist literature. Thereafter, Indian missionaries as well as Chinese scholars translated Buddhist scriptures and other writings into Chinese.

      Indian missionaries not only preached a new faith but also brought in new cultural influences. Indian mathematics and astronomical ideas enriched Chinese knowledge in these fields. Chinese medicine also benefited. Architectural and art forms reflected Buddhist and Indian influence. Hindu chants became a part of Chinese music.

      For a couple of centuries after its introduction, however, Buddhism showed no signs of popular appeal. Han scholarship was engrossed in the study of ancient classics and was dominated by Confucian scholars who had scant interest in Buddhist teachings that were unconcerned with the practical issues of moral and political life. Moreover, the Buddhist view of evil and the Buddhist espousal of celibacy and escape from earthly existence were alien to China's traditions. Daoist (Daoism) scholars, finding in Buddhism much that seemed not too remote from their own spiritual message, were more inclined to study the new philosophy. Some of them aided in the translation of Buddhist texts, but they were not in the centre of the Han stage.

      The fall of the Han dynasty was followed by a few hundred years of division, strife, and foreign invasions. China was not united again until the end of the 6th century. It was during this period that Buddhism gained a foothold in China. The literary efforts of Chinese monks produced a Chinese Buddhist literature, and this marked the beginning of a process that transformed an alien importation into a Chinese religion and system of thought.

Theodore Hsi-en Chen

Ancient Hebrews (Israelite)
      Like all preindustrial societies, ancient Israel first experienced a type of education that was essentially familial; that is to say, the mother taught the very young and the girls, while the father assumed the responsibility of providing moral, religious, and handcraft instruction for the growing sons. This characteristic remained in Jewish education (Judaism), for the relation of teacher to pupil was always expressed in terms of parenthood and filiation. Education, furthermore, was rigid and exacting; the Hebrew word musar signifies at the same time education and corporal punishment.

      Once they were established in Palestine—at the crossroads of the great literate civilizations of the Middle East, in the beginning of the 1st millennium BC—the Jewish people (Jew) learned to develop a different type of education—one that involved training a specialized, professional class of scribes (sofer) in a then rather esoteric art called writing, borrowed from the Phoenicians. Writing was at first practical: the scribe wrote letters and drew up contracts, kept accounts, maintained records, and prepared orders. Because he could receive written orders, he eventually became entrusted with their execution; hence the importance of scribes in the royal administration, well-attested since the times of David and Solomon. The training given these scribes, moreover, included training of character and instilling the high ideal of wisdom, as would befit the servants of the king.

      Writing found another avenue of application in Israel—in religion. And the scribe again was the agent of education. He was the man who copied the sacred Law (Torah) faithfully and established the canonical text. He was the one who read the Law to himself and to the people, taught it, and translated it when Hebrew (Hebrew language) ceased to be the vernacular or “living language” (into Greek in Alexandria, into Aramaic in Palestine); he explained it, commented on it, and studied its application in particular cases. After the downfall of Israel in 722–721 BC and Judah in 586 BC and their subjection to foreign rule, Jewish education became characterized more and more by this religious orientation. The synagogue in which the community assembled became not merely a house of prayer but also a school, with a “house of the book” (bet ha-sefer) and a “house of instruction” (bet ha-midrash) corresponding roughly to elementary and secondary or advanced levels of education. Girls, however, continued to be taught at home.

      The role of writing in this Oriental world should not be exaggerated, of course; oral instruction still held first place by far. Although a pupil might learn to read aloud, or rather to intone his text, his main effort was to learn by heart fragment after fragment of the sacred Law. Alongside this written Law, however, there developed interpretations or exegeses of it, which at first were merely oral but which progressively were reduced to writing (Talmud and Midrash)—first in the form of memoranda or aide-mémoire inscribed on tablets or notebooks, then in actual books. The diffusion of this religious literature called for an expansion of programs of instruction, evolving into diverse stages: elementary, intermediate, and advanced, the latter in several centres in Palestine, later in Babylonia. This religiously based education was to become one of the most important factors enabling Judaism to survive the national catastrophes of AD 70 and 135, involving the capture and subsequent destruction of Jerusalem. In their dispersion, the Jews clung to Hebrew, their only language for worship, for the study of the Law, for tradition, and consequently for instruction. From this evolved the respect with which the teacher was and is surrounded in Jewish communities.

      The history of the Hellenic language and therewith of the Hellenic people goes back to the Mycenaean civilization of about 1400–1100 BC, which itself was the heir of the pre-Hellenic civilization of Minoan Crete. The Mycenaean civilization consisted of little monarchies of an Oriental type, with an administration operated by a bureaucracy, and it seems to have operated an educational system designed for the training of scribes, similar to those of the ancient civilizations of the Middle East. But continuity did not exist between this education and that which was to develop after a period of obscurity known as the Greek Dark Age, dating approximately from the 11th to the 8th century BC. When the Greek world reappeared in history, it was an entirely different society, one headed by a military aristocracy as idealized in Homer's (Homer) Iliad and Odyssey. During this period, sons of the nobility received their education at the court of the prince in the setting of a guild companionship of warriors: the young nobleman was educated through the counsel and example of an older man to whom he had been entrusted or had entrusted himself, a senior admired and loved. It was in this atmosphere of virile camaraderie that there developed the characteristic ideal of Greek love that was enduringly to mark Hellenic civilization and to deeply influence its conception of education itself—for example, in the relation of master to pupil. Yet these warriors of the Archaic period were not coarse barbarians; by this time the Homerids (reciters of Homer) and the rhapsodists (singers-reciters and sometimes creative poets) were taking the great epics of Homer and Hesiod throughout the far-flung Greek settlements of the Mediterranean, and a new, cultivated civilization was already emerging. Dance, poetry, and instrumental music were well developed and provided an essential element in the educational formation of the dominant elites. In addition, the idea of aretē was becoming central to Greek life. The epics of Hesiod and Homer glorified physical and military prowess and promoted the ideal of the cultivated patriot-warrior who displayed this cardinal virtue of aretē, a concept difficult to translate but embodying the virtues of military skill, moral excellence, and educational cultivation. It was an ethic of honour, which made virtues of pride and of jealousy as the inspiration of great deeds and which accepted it as natural that one would be the object of jealousy or of enmity. Reverence for Homer, which until the end of antiquity (and in Byzantium even later) was to constitute the basis of Greek culture and therewith of Greek education, would maintain from generation to generation this “agonistic” ideal: the cult of the hero, of the champion, of high performance, which found an outlet outside the sphere of battles in games or contests (agōnes), particularly in the realm of athletics, the most celebrated being the Olympic Games, dating traditionally from 776 BC.

      Profound changes were introduced into Greek education as a result of the political transformations involved in the maturing of the city-state. There developed a collective ideal of devotion to the community: the city-state ( polis) was everything to its citizens; the city made its citizens what they were—mankind. This subordination of the individual exploit to collective discipline was reinforced by the strategic military revolution that saw the triumph of heavy infantry, the hoplites, foot soldiers heavily armed and in tight formation.

      It is in Sparta, the most flourishing city of the 8th and 7th centuries BC, that one sees to best advantage the richness and complexity of this archaic culture. Education was carried to a high level of artistic refinement, as evidenced by the events organized within the framework of the city's religious festivals. The young men and women engaged in processions, dances, and competitions in instrumental music and song. physical education had a like part, equally for both sexes, given status by national or international contests (the Spartans regularly took more than half of the first places at the Olympic Games); but military and civic education dominated, as it was expected that the citizen-soldier be ready to fight and, if necessary, to die, for his country.

      This last aspect became not merely dominant but exclusive from the time (about 550 BC) when a conservative reaction triumphed at Sparta, bringing to power a militarist and aristocratic regime. Arts and sports gave way completely to an education appropriate to men of a warrior caste. The education of girls was subordinated to their future function as mothers; a strict eugenic regime pitilessly eliminated sickly and deformed children. Up to the age of seven, children were brought up by the women, already in an atmosphere of severity and harshness. Education, properly speaking, agōgē, lasted from age seven to 20 and was entirely in the hands of the state.

      The male youth of Sparta were enrolled into formations corresponding to successive age classes, divided into smaller units under the authority of comrades of their own age or of young officers. It was a collective education, which progressively removed them from the family and subjected them to garrison life. Everything was organized with a view to preparation for military service: lightly clothed, bedded on the bare ground, the child was poorly fed, told to steal to supplement his rations, and subjected to rigorous discipline. His virility and combativeness were developed by hardening him to blows—thus the role of ritual brawls between groups of boys and of the institution of the krypteia, a nocturnal expedition designed both to terrify the lower classes of slaves (helots) and to train the future fighter in ambushes and the ruses of warfare. He was also, of course, directly apprenticed to the military craft, using arms and maneuvering in close formation. This puritanical education, proceeding in a climate of austerity, had as its sole norm the interests of the state, erected into a supreme category; the Spartan was trained under a strict discipline to obey blindly the orders of his superiors. Curiously, the child was at the same time trained to dissimulation, to lying, to theft—all virtues when directed toward the foreigner, toward whom distrust and Machiavellianism were encouraged.

      This implacably logical education enabled Sparta to remain for long the most powerful city, militarily and diplomatically, of the entire Greek world and to triumph over its rival Athens after the long struggle of the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC); but it did not prevent Sparta's decadence. Not that Sparta ever relaxed its tension: on the contrary, in the course of centuries, the rigour and ferocity were accentuated even as such behaviour became more and more anachronistic and without real use. Rites of initiation were transformed into barbarous tests of endurance, the boys undergoing flagellation and competing in enduring it, sometimes to the very death, under the eyes of tourists attracted by the sadistic spectacle. This occurred in times of complete peace when, under the Roman Empire, Sparta was nothing but a little provincial city with neither independence nor army.

      Beginning at a date difficult to fix precisely (at the end of the 7th or during the 6th century), Athens, in contrast to Sparta, became the first to renounce education oriented toward the future duties of the soldier. The Athenian citizen, of course, was always obliged, when necessary and capable, to fight for the fatherland, but the civil aspect of life and culture was predominant: armed combat was only a sport. The evolution of Athenian education reflected that of the city itself, which was moving toward increasing democratization—though it should be noted that the slave and the resident alien always remained excluded from the body politic. The Athenian democracy, even in its most complete form, attained in the 4th century BC, was to remain always the way of life of a minority—about one-tenth, it is estimated, of the total population. Athenian culture continued to be oriented toward the noble life, that of the Homeric knight, minus the warrior aspect, and this orientation determined the practice of elegant sports. Some of these, such as horsemanship and hunting, always remained more or less the privilege of an aristocratic and wealthy elite; the various branches of athletics, however, originally reserved for the sons of the great families, became more and more widely practiced.

Education of youth
      Schools had begun to appear in those early centuries, probably on eastern Mediterranean models, run by private teachers. The earliest references are, however, more recent. Herodotus mentions schools dating from 496 BC and Pausanias from 491 BC. The term used is didaskaleion (“a place for instruction”), while the generic term scholē, meaning leisure—a reference to schooling being the preserve of the wealthier sector—was also coming into use. There was no single institution; rather, each activity was carried out in a separate place. The young boy of privileged rank would be taken by a kind of chaperon, the paidagōgos, who was generally a respected slave within the parents' household. The elements of literacy were taught by the writing master, known as a grammatistes, the child learning his letters and numbers by scratching them on a wax-coated wooden tablet with a stylus. More advanced formal literacy, chiefly in a study of the poets, playwrights, and historians, was given by the grammatikos, although this was restricted to the genuinely leisured. Supremely important was instruction in the mythopoeic legends of Hesiod and Homer, given by the lyre-playing kitharistes. In addition, all boys had to be instructed in physical and military activities in the wrestling school, known as the palaestra, itself part of the more comprehensive institution of the gymnasium.

      The moral aspect of education was not neglected. The Athenian ideal was that of the kalos k'agathos, the “wise and good” man. The teachers were as much preoccupied with overseeing the child's good conduct and the formation of his character as with directing his progress in the various subjects taught him. poetry served to transmit all the traditional wisdom, which combined two currents: the ethic of the citizen expressed in the moralizing elegies of the 6th-century lawmaker Solon and the old Homeric ideal of the value of competition and heroic exploit. But this ideal equilibrium between the education of the body and that of the mind was interrupted before long as a result on the one hand of the development of professional sports and the exigencies of its specialization and on the other by the development of the strictly intellectual disciplines, which had made great progress since the time of the first philosophers of the 5th century BC.

      A system of higher education open to all—to all, at any rate, who had the leisure and necessary money—emerged with the appearance of the Sophists (Sophist), mostly foreign teachers who were contemporaries and adversaries of Socrates (c. 470–399 BC). Until then, the higher forms of culture had retained an esoteric character, being transmitted by the master to a few chosen disciples, as in the first schools of medicine at Cnidus and at Cos, or within the framework of a religious confraternity involving initiate status. The Sophists proposed to meet a new need that was generally felt in Greek society, particularly in the most active cities such as Athens, where political life had been intensively developed. Henceforth, participation in public affairs became the supreme occupation engaging the ambition of Greek man; it was no longer in athletics and elegant leisure activities that his valour, his desire to assert himself and to triumph, would find expression but rather in political (political science) action.

      The Sophists, who were professional educators, introduced a form of higher education whose commercial success attested to and was promoted by its social utility and practical efficacy. They inaugurated the literary genre of the public lecture, which was to experience a long popularity. It was a teaching process that was oriented in an entirely realistic direction, education for political participation. The Sophists pretended neither to transmit nor to seek for the truth concerning man or existence; they offered simply an art of success in political life, which meant, above all, being able on every occasion to make one's point of view prevail. Two principal disciplines constituted the program: the art of logical argument, or dialectic, and the art of persuasive speaking (oratory), or rhetoric—the two most flourishing humanistic sciences of antiquity. These disciplines the Sophists founded by distilling from experience their general principles and logical structures, thus making possible their transmission on a theoretical basis from master to pupil.

      To the pedagogy of the Sophists there was opposed the activity of Socrates, who, as inheritor of the earlier aristocratic tradition, was alarmed by this radical utilitarianism. He doubted that virtue could be taught, especially for money, a degrading substance. An heir also of the old sages of former times, Socrates held that the supreme ideal of man and hence of education was not the spirit of efficiency and power but the disinterested search for the absolute, for virtue—in short, for knowledge and understanding.

      It was only at the beginning of the 4th century BC, however, that the principal types of classical Greek higher education became organized on definitive lines. This was the result of the joint and rival efforts of the two great educators, the philosopher Plato (c. 428–348/347), who opened his school, the Academy, probably in 387, and the orator Isocrates (436–338), who founded his school in about 390.

      Plato was descended from a long line of aristocrats and became the most distinguished of Socrates' students. The indictment and execution of Socrates by what Plato considered an ignorant society turned him away from Athens and public life. After an absence of some 10 years, spent traveling the Mediterranean, he returned to Athens, where he founded a school of philosophy near the grove dedicated to the early hero Acadēmos and hence known as the Academy. The select band of scholars who gathered there engaged in philosophical disputations in preparation for their role as leaders. Good government, Plato believed, would only come from an educated society in which kings are philosophers, and philosophers, kings.

      Plato's literary dialogues provide a comprehensive picture of his approach to education. Basically, it was built around the study of dialectic (the skill of accurate verbal reasoning), which, if pursued properly, he believed, enables misconceptions and confusions to be stripped away and the nature of underlying truth to be established. The ultimate educational quest, as revealed in the dialogues, is the search for the Good, that is, the ultimate idea that binds together all earthly existence.

      Plato's educational program is set out in his most famous dialogue, The Republic. The world, he argued, has two aspects, the visible, or that which is perceived with the senses, and the non-visible, or the intelligible, which consists of universal, eternal forms or ideas that are apprehensible only by the mind. Furthermore, the visible realm itself is subdivided into two, the realm of appearances and that of beliefs. Human experiences of so-called reality, according to Plato, are only of visible “appearances” and from these can be derived only opinions and beliefs. Most people, he argued, remain locked in this visible world of opinion; only a select few can cross into the realm of the intelligible. Through a rigorous 15-year program of higher education devoted to the study of dialectics and mathematical reasoning, this elite (“persons of gold” was Plato's term) can attain an understanding of genuine reality, which is composed of such forms as goodness, truth, beauty, and justice. Plato maintained that only those individuals who survive this program are really fit for the highest offices of the state and capable of being entrusted with the noblest of all tasks, those of maintaining and dispensing justice.

      The rival school of Isocrates was much more down-to-earth and practical. It too aimed at a form of wisdom but of a much more practical order, based on working out commonsense solutions to life's problems. In contrast to Plato, Isocrates sought to develop the quality of grace, cleverness, or finesse rather than the spirit of geometry. The program of study that he enjoined upon his pupils was more literary than scientific. In addition to gymnastics and music, its basics included the study of the Homeric classics and an extensive study of rhetoric—consisting of five or six years of theory, analysis of the great classics, imitation of the classics, and finally practical exercises.

      These two parallel forms of culture and of higher education were not totally in conflict: both opposed the cynical pragmatism of the Sophists; each influenced the other. Isocrates did promote elementary mathematics as a kind of mental training or mental gymnastics and did allow for a smattering of philosophy to illumine broad questions of human life. Plato, for his part, recognized the usefulness of the literary art and philosophical rhetoric. The two traditions appear as two species of one genus; their debate, continued in each generation, enriched classical culture without jeopardizing its unity.

      Before leaving the Hellenic age, there is one other great figure to appraise—one who was a bridge to the next age since he was the tutor of the young prince who became Alexander the Great of Macedonia. Aristotle (384–322 BC), who was one of Plato's pupils and shared some of his opinions about education, believed that education should be controlled by the state and that it should have as a main objective the training of citizens. The last book of his Politics opens with these words:

No one will doubt that the legislator should direct his attention above all to the education of youth.….The citizen should be moulded to suit the form of government under which he lives.

      He shared some of Plato's misgivings about democracy; but, because he was no recluse but a man of the world acquainted with public affairs, he declared his preference for limited democracy, “polity,” over other forms of government. His worldliness also led him to be less concerned with the search for ideas, in the Platonic mode, and more concerned with the observation of specific things. His urge for logical structure and classification, for systematization, was especially strong.

      This systematization extended to a youth's education. In his first phase, from birth to age seven, he was to be physically developed, learning how to endure hardship. From age seven to puberty, his curriculum would include the fundamentals of gymnastics, music, reading, writing, and enumeration. During the next phase, from puberty to age 17, the student would be more concerned with exact knowledge, not only carrying on with music and mathematics but also exploring grammar, literature, and geography. Finally, in young manhood, only a few superior students would continue into higher education, developing encyclopaedic and intensely intellectual interests in the biological and physical sciences, ethics, and rhetoric, as well as philosophy. Aristotle's school, the Lyceum, was thus much more empirical than Plato's Academy.

      Alexander the Great's conquest of the Persian empire between 334 and 323 BC abruptly extended the area of Greek civilization by carrying its eastern frontier from the shores of the Aegean to the banks of the Syrdarya and Indus rivers in Central Asia. Its unity rested henceforward not so much on nationality (it incorporated and assimilated Persians, Semites, and Egyptians) nor on the political unity soon broken after the death of Alexander in 323 but on a common Greek way of life, the fact of sharing the same conception of man. This ideal was no longer social, communal in character, as had been that of the city-state; it now concerned man as an individual—or, better, as a person. This civilization of the Hellenistic age has been defined as a civilization of paideia—which eventually denoted the condition of a person achieving enlightened, mature self-fulfillment but which originally signified education per se. The Greeks succeeded in preserving their distinctive national way of life amid this immense empire because, wherever numbers of them settled, they brought with them their own system of education for their youth, and they not only resisted being absorbed by the “barbarian” non-Hellenic peoples but succeeded somewhat in spreading Greek culture to many of the alien elite. It is important to note that, although Hellenism was finally to be swept away in the Middle East by the Persian national renaissance and the invasions originating from Central Asia beginning in the 2nd century BC, it continued to flourish and even expand in the Mediterranean world under Roman domination. Hellenistic civilization and its educational pattern were prolonged to the end of antiquity and even beyond; it was to be a slow metamorphosis and not a brutal revolution that would later give birth to the civilization and education strictly called Byzantine.

The institutions
      Hellenistic education comprised an ensemble of studies occupying the young from age seven to age 19 or 20. To be sure, this entire program was completed only by a minority, recruited from the rich aristocratic and urban bourgeois classes. The students were mostly boys (girls occupied only a very modest place), and of course they were usually free citizens (masters, though some slaves were given a professional education occasionally reaching a high level).

      As in the preceding era, education continued to be dependent upon the city, which remained the primary frame of Greek life. To facilitate control of his empire, Alexander had commenced the process of founding a network of cities or communities organized and administered in the Greek manner. In effect, the creation of vast kingdoms did not eliminate the role of the city, even if the latter was not altogether independent; the Hellenistic state was not at all totalitarian and sought to reduce its administrative machinery to a minimum. It relied upon the cities to assume responsibility for public services, that of education in particular. The city in turn looked to the contributions of the richest and most generous private individuals, either by requiring them to fill magistracies and supply costly services or by appealing to their voluntary generosity; the proper functioning of the Hellenistic city presupposed the willing contributions of “benefactors.” Thus, certain educational institutions were supported—and in fact sometimes set up—by private foundations that specified exactly the use to be made of the income from their gift of capital. Many schools were private, the role of the city being limited to inspections and to the organization of athletic and musical competitions and festivals.

      The Hellenistic school par excellence was still the school of gymnastics, the practice of athletic sports and the nudity that they required being the most characteristic feature contrasting the Greek way of life with that of the barbarians. There were, at least in sufficiently large cities, several gymnasiums (gymnasium), separately for the different age classes and on occasion for the sexes. They were essentially palaestrae, or open-air, square-shaped sports grounds, surrounded by colonnades in which were set up the necessary services: cloakrooms, washstands, training rooms, massage rooms, and classrooms. Outside there was a track for footraces, the stadion.

      The foundation of the training always consisted of the sports properly called gymnastic and field. Horsemanship remained an aristocratic privilege. Nautical sports had a very modest role—a curious thing for a nation of sailors, but the fact is the Greeks were by origin Indo-Europeans from the interior of the Eurasian continent. The other sports—ball games, hockey—were considered merely diversions or at best preparatory exercises. As the competition of professional sports grew, however, education based on sports progressively, though no doubt very slowly, lost its preeminent position. The popularity of athletic sports as spectacle endured, but educational sports moved into the background, disappearing altogether in the Christian period (in the 4th century AD) in favour of literary studies.

      There was a similar progressive decline, a similar final effacement, of artistic, particularly musical, education, the other survivor from the Archaic culture. The art of music continued to flourish, but like sports it became the concern of professional practitioners and a feature of public spectacles rather than an art generally practiced in cultivated circles.

The primary school (elementary education)
      The child from seven to 14 years of age went to the school of letters, conducted thither, as in the classical period, by the paidagōgos, whose role was not limited to accompanying the child: he had also to educate him in good manners and morals and finally to act as a lesson coach. Literacy and numeration were taught in the private school conducted by the grammatistes. Class sizes varied considerably, from a few pupils to perhaps dozens. The teaching of reading involved an analytical method that made the process very slow. First the alphabet was taught from alpha to omega, and then backward, then from both ends at once: alpha–omega, beta–psi, and so on to mu–nu. (A comparable progression in the Latin alphabet would be AZ, BY, and so on to MN.) Then were taught simple syllables—ba, be, bi, bo—followed by more complex ones and then by words, successively of one, two, and three syllables. The vocabulary list included rare words (e.g., some of medical origin), chosen for their difficulty of reading and pronunciation. It took several years for the child to be able to read connected texts, which were anthologies of famous passages. With reading was associated recitation and, of course, practice in writing, which followed the same gradual plan.

      The program in mathematics was very limited; rather than computation, the subject, strictly speaking, was numeration: learning the whole numbers and fractions, their names, their written notations, their representation in finger counting (in assorted bent positions of the fingers and assorted placements of either hand relative to the body). The general use of tokens and of the abacus made the teaching of methods of computation less necessary than it became in the modern world.

      Between the primary school and the various types of higher education, the Hellenistic educational system introduced a program of intermediate, preparatory studies—a preliminary education, a kind of common trunk preparing for the different branches of higher culture, enkyklios paideia (“general, or common, education”). This general education, far from having “encyclopaedic” ambitions in the modern sense of the word, represented a reaction against the inordinate ambitions of philosophy and, more generally, of the Aristotelian ideals of culture, which had demanded the large accumulation of intellectual attainments. The program of the enkyklios paideia was limited to the common points on which, as noted earlier, the rival pedagogies of Plato and of Isocrates agreed, namely, the study of literature and mathematics. Specialized teachers taught each of these subjects. The mathematics program had not changed since the ancient Pythagoreans and comprised four disciplines—arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and harmonics (not the art of music but the theory of the numerical laws regulating intervals and rhythm). The primary function of the grammatikos, or professor of letters, was to present and explicate the great classic authors: Homer first of all, of whom every cultivated man was expected to have a deep knowledge, and Euripides and Menander—the other poets being scarcely known except through anthologies. Although poetry remained the basis of literary culture, room was made for prose—for the great historians, for the orators, Demosthenes in particular, even for the philosophers. Along with these explications of texts, the students were introduced to exercises in literary composition of a very elementary character (for example, summarizing a story in a few lines).

      The program of this intermediate education did not attain its definitive formulation until the second half of the 1st century BC, after the appearance of the first manual devoted to the theoretical elements of language, a slim grammatical treatise by Dionysius Thrax. The program then consisted of the seven liberal arts: the three literary arts of grammar, rhetoric, and dialectic and the four mathematical disciplines noted above. (These were, respectively, the trivium and the quadrivium of medieval education, though the latter term did not appear until the 6th century and the former not until the 9th century.) The long career of this program should not conceal the fact that in the course of the centuries it fell into disuse and became rather largely a theory or abstraction; in reality, literary studies gradually took over at the expense of the sciences. Of the four mathematical disciplines, only one remained in favour—astronomy. And this was not merely because of its connections with astrology but primarily because of the popularity of the basic textbook used to teach it—the Phaenomena, a poem in 1,154 hexameters by Aratus of Soli—whose predominantly literary quality was suited to textual explications. Not until about the 3rd and 4th centuries AD was the need of a sound preparatory mathematical education again recognized and put into practice.

      Higher education appeared in several forms, complementary or competitive. First was the ephebeia (“youth” culture), a kind of civic and military training that completed the education of the young Greek and prepared him to enter into life; it lasted two years (from 18 to 20) and corresponded quite closely to the obligatory military service of modern states. It was a survival from the regime of the old Greek city-states, but in the Hellenistic age the absence of national independence erased all reason for this military training; between the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC the Athenian ephebeia (eventually reduced to a single year) was transformed into a leisured civilian college where a minority of rich young men came to be initiated into the refinements of the elegant life. Military training came to play only a modest role and gave way to athletic competition. To this were added lectures on scientific and literary subjects, assuring the ephebe a polish of general culture. The same evolution took place in other cities: the ephebeia became everywhere more aristocratic than civic, more sporting than military. What the Greeks, especially those who had emigrated to the barbarian lands, demanded of it was above all that it initiate their sons into Greek life and its characteristic customs, beginning with athletic sports. Especially in Egypt, it was intended to legitimize the privileged status of the Hellene relative to the “native” Egyptian. In any event, the ephebeia no longer was the setting for the highest forms of education.

      Formal education in science (science, history of) also lacked any institutionalization. There were, however, some establishments having scientific staffs of high competence, of which the most important was the Mouseion (Museum (Alexandrian Museum)) established at Alexandria, richly endowed by the Ptolemies; but, at least initially, it was an institute for advanced research. If the scholars endowed there were also teachers, this meant only that they dispensed instruction to a small circle of chosen disciples. The same informal character of personal training was to be seen in all the special disciplines—medicine (medical education), for example, which saw such a fine development between the time of Hippocrates (5th century BC) and that of Galen (2nd century AD). If there were in the Hellenistic era certain “schools” of medicine—old (Cnidus, Cos) and new (Pergamum, Alexandria)—these were less the equivalent of today's medical faculties than simply centres to which the presence of numerous qualified masters attracted a large number of aspirants. Whatever theory these “students” were able to learn, they learned largely through self-training and practice, by associating themselves with a practicing physician whom they accompanied to the bedsides of patients, taking part in his consultations, profiting by his experience and advice.

      Philosophy (philosophy, Western) and rhetoric were subjects of education most highly institutionalized. Although philosophy was taught privately by individual masters-lecturers, who could be either itinerants or residents of one place, these teachers were well organized and, in groups, possessed a kind of institutional character. On the model of Plato's Academy, the new Athenian schools of philosophy—Aristotle's Lyceum, Epicurus' Garden, the Porch (stoa), which gave its name to the Stoics—were brotherhoods in which the posts in both teaching and administration were passed from generation to generation as a kind of heritage. It was in philosophy that the personalistic character of the Hellenistic era most clearly asserted itself, in contrast to the more communal idea of the preceding period; when philosophy turned to the problem of politics, for instance, it dealt less with the citizens of a republic and more with the sovereign king, his duties and character. The central problem was henceforth that of wisdom, of the purpose that man should set for himself in order to attain happiness, the supreme ideal. The teaching of philosophy was not entirely contemplative: it involved the disciple in an experience analogous to a religious conversion, a decision implying a revision of his life and the adoption of a generally ascetic way of life. Such a vocation, however, could obviously appeal only to a moral, intellectual, and financially secure elite; philosophers were always quite a small number within the Hellenistic (and Roman) intelligentsia.

      The reigning discipline was always rhetoric. The prestige of the oratorical art outlived those social conditions that had inspired it; political eloquence operated only in the context of an embassy coming to plead the cause of a particular city or pressure group at the court of the sovereign. Legal eloquence maintained its function, and the profession of advocate retained its attractiveness; but it was above all the eloquence of showy set speeches, the art of the lecturer, that experienced a curious blossoming. Also, as a result of the customary habit of reading aloud, there was no sharp line between speech and the book; thus, eloquence imposed its rule upon all literary genres—poetry, history, philosophy. Even the astronomer and the physician became lecturers.

      Hence, great importance was attached to the teaching of rhetoric, which developed from century to century with an ever more rigorous technicalism, precision, and systematization. The study of rhetoric had five parts: invention (the art of finding ideas, according to standard schemes), disposition (the arrangement of words and sentences), elocution, mnemonics (memory training), and action. Action was the art of self-presentation, the regulation of voice and delivery, and above all the art of reinforcing the word with the expressive power of gesture. Each of these parts, equally systematized to the tiniest detail, was taught with a technical vocabulary of extreme precision. Such an education, which in addition to theory comprised a study of the great examples to be imitated and exercises in practical application, required many years of study; in fact, even in maturity, the cultivated Hellene continued to deepen his knowledge of the art, to drill himself, to “declaim.”

      A rivalry existed between philosophy and rhetoric, each trying to draw into its orbit the best and the most students. Even in the time of Plato and Isocrates, this rivalry did not proceed without mutual concessions and reciprocal influences, but it remained one of the most constant characteristics of the classical tradition and continued until the end of antiquity and beyond. The long summer of Hellenic civilization was extended under the Roman domination; the great centres of learning also experienced a long prosperity. Athens in particular was the unchallenged capital of philosophy; its ephebeia welcomed foreigners to come to crown their culture in the “school of Greece.” Its masters of eloquence also had a solid reputation, even though they had competition from such schools of Asia Minor as those of Rhodes (in the 1st century AD) and Smyrna (in the 2nd century BC). Under the later Roman Empire, Alexandria, already famous for medicine, competed with Athens for preeminence in philosophy. Other great centres developed: Beirut, Antioch, and the new capital Constantinople. The quality of the teachers and the number of students attending permits one to apply to these centres, without too much anachronism, the modern designation of “universities,” or institutions of advanced learning.

Ancient Romans
Early Roman education (ancient Rome)
      The quality of Latin education before the 6th century BC can only be conjectured. Rome and Roman civilization were then dominated by a rural aristocracy of landed proprietors directly engaged in exploiting their lands, even after the establishment of the republic. Their spirit was far removed from Greece and Homeric chivalry; ancient Roman education was instead an education suitable for a rural, traditional people—instilling in youth an unquestioned respect for the customs of the ancestors: the mos maiorum.

      Education had a practical aspect, involving instruction in such farm management concerns as how to oversee the work of slaves and how to advise tenant farmers or one's steward. It had a legal aspect; in contrast to Athenian law, which relied more on common law than on codified law, Roman justice was much more formalistic and technical and demanded much more study on the part of the citizen. Education also had a moral aspect, aiming at inculcating rural virtues, a respect for good management of one's patrimony, and a sense of austerity and frugality. Roman education, however, did not remain narrowly utilitarian; it broadened in urban Rome, where there developed the same ideal of communal devotion to the public weal that had existed in Greece—with the difference that in Rome such devotion would never be called into question. The interests of the state constituted the supreme law. The ideal set before youth was not that of the chivalrous hero in the Homeric manner but that of the great men of history who, in difficult situations, had by their courage and their wisdom saved the fatherland when it was in danger. A nation of small farmers, Rome was also a nation of soldiers. physical education was oriented not toward self-realization or competitive sport but toward military preparedness: training in arms, toughening of the body, swimming across cold and rapid streams, and horsemanship, involving such performances as mounted acrobatics and cavalry parades under arms.

      Differing from the Greeks, the Romans considered the family the natural milieu in which the child should grow up and be educated. The role of the mother as educator extended beyond the early years and often had lifelong influence. If, in contrast to the girl, the boy at seven years of age was allowed to move away from her exclusive direction, he came under the control of his father; the Roman father closely supervised the development and the studies of his son, giving him instruction in an atmosphere of severity and moral exigency, through precept but even more through example. The young Roman noble accompanied his father as a kind of young page in all his appearances, even within the Senate.

      Familial education ended at 16, when the adolescent male was allowed to wear adult dress, the pure white woolen toga virilis. He devoted one year to an apprenticeship in public life, no longer at his father's side but placed in the care of some old friend of the family, a man of politics laden with years and honours. Then came military service, first as a simple soldier (it was well for the future leader to learn first to obey), encountering his first opportunity to distinguish himself by courage in battle, but soon thereafter as a staff officer under some distinguished commander. Civil and military, the education of the young Roman was thus completed in the entourage of some high personage whom he regarded with respect and veneration, without ceasing, however, to gravitate toward the family orbit. The young Roman was brought up not only to respect the national tradition embodied in the example of the illustrious men of the past but also, very specifically, to respect the particular traditions of his own family, which, too, had had its great men and which jealously transmitted a stereotype, a specific attitude toward life. If ancient Greek education can be defined as the imitation of the Homeric hero, that of ancient Rome took the form of imitation of one's ancestors.

Roman adoption of Hellenistic education
      Something of these original characteristics was to survive always in Roman society, so ready to be conservative; but Latin civilization did not long develop autonomously.

      It assimilated, with a remarkable faculty for adaptation, the structures and techniques of the much further evolved Hellenistic civilization. The Romans themselves were quite aware of this, as evidenced by the famous lines of Horace: “Captive Greece captivated her rude conqueror and introduced the arts to rustic Latium” (“Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit et artis intulit agresti Latio” [Epistles, II, i, 156]).

      Greek influence was felt very early in Roman education and grew ever stronger after the long series of gains leading to the annexation of Macedonia (168 BC), of Greece proper (146 BC), of the kingdom of Pergamum (133 BC), and finally of the whole of the Hellenized Orient. The Romans quickly appreciated the advantages they could draw from this more mature civilization, richer than their own national culture. The practical Romans grasped the advantages to be drawn from a knowledge of Greek (Greek language), an international language known to many of their adversaries, soon to be their Oriental subjects, and grasped the related importance of mastering the art of oratory so highly developed by the Greeks. Second-century Rome assigned to the spoken word, particularly in political and legal life, as great an importance as had Athens in the 5th century. The Roman aristocrats quickly understood what a weapon rhetoric could be for a statesman.

      Rome doubly adopted Hellenistic (Hellenistic Age) education: on the one hand, it came to pass that a Roman was considered truly cultivated only if he had the same education, in Greek, as a native Greek acquired; on the other hand, there progressively developed a parallel system of instruction that transposed into Latin the institutions, programs, and methods of Hellenistic education. Naturally, only the children of the ruling class had the privilege of receiving the complete and bilingual education. From the earliest years, the child, boy or girl, was entrusted to a Greek servant or slave and thus learned to speak Greek fluently even before being able to speak Latin competently; the child also learned to read and write in both languages, with Greek again coming first. (Alongside this private tutoring there soon developed, from the 3rd century BC, a Greek public education in schools aimed at a socially broader clientele, but the results of this schooling were less satisfactory than the direct method enjoyed by the children of the aristocracy.) In following the normal course of studies, the young Roman was taught next by an instructor of Greek letters (grammatikos) and then by a Greek rhetorician. Those desiring more complete training did not content themselves with the numerous and often highly qualified Greeks to be found in Rome itself but went to Greece to participate in the higher studies of the Greeks themselves. From 119 or 118 BC onward, the Romans secured admission to the Ephebic College at Athens, and in the 1st century BC such young Latins as Cicero were attending the schools of the best philosophers and rhetoricians at Athens and Rhodes.

Roman modifications
      The adoption of Hellenistic education did not proceed, however, without a certain adaptation to the Latin temperament: the Romans showed a marked reserve toward Greek athleticism, which shocked both their morals and their sense of the deep seriousness of life. Although gymnastic exercises entered into their daily life, it was under the category of health and not that of sport; in Roman architecture, the palaestra or gymnasium was only an appendage of the public baths, which were exaggerations of their Greek models. There was the same reserve, on grounds of moral seriousness, toward music and dance, arts suitable for professional performers but not for freeborn young men and least of all for young aristocrats. The musical arts indeed became integrated into Latin culture as elements of the life of luxury and refinement, but as spectacle rather than as amateur participation; hence their disappearance from programs of education. It must be remembered, however, that athletics and music were in Greece itself survivals of archaic education and had already entered upon a process of decline.

      This education in a foreign language was paralleled by a course of studies exactly patterned upon those of the Greek schools but transposed into the Latin language. The aristocracy was to remain always attached to the idea of private education conducted within the family, but social pressure brought about the gradual development of public education in schools, as in Greece, at three levels—elementary, secondary, and higher; they appeared at different dates and in various historical contexts.

Education of youth
      The appearance of the first primary schools (elementary education) is difficult to date; but the use of writing from the 7th century BC implies the early existence of some kind of appropriate primary instruction. The Romans took their alphabet from the Etruscans, who had taken theirs from the Greeks, who had taken theirs from the Phoenicians. The early Romans quite naturally copied the pedagogy of the Hellenistic world: the same ignorance of psychology, the same strict and brutal discipline, the same analytical method characterized by slow progress—the alphabet (forward, backward, from both ends toward the middle), the syllabary, isolated words, then short sentences (one-line moral maxims), finally continuous texts—the same method for writing, and the same numeration, rather than computation.

      It was only between the 3rd and the end of the 1st century BC that Latin secondary education developed, staffed by the grammaticus Latinus, corresponding to the Greek grammatikos. Since the principal object of this education was the explication of poetry, its rise was hindered by the slowness with which Latin literature developed. The first-known of these teachers, Livius Andronicus (Livius Andronicus, Lucius), took as his subject matter his own Latin translation of the Odyssey; two generations later, Ennius explicated his own poetic works. Only with the great poets of the age of Augustus could Latin literature provide classics able to rival Homer in educational value; they were adopted as basic texts almost immediately after their appearance. Thereafter, and until the end of antiquity, the program was not to undergo further change, the principal authors being first of all Virgil, the comic author Terence, the historian Sallust, and the unchallenged master of prose, Cicero. The methods of the Latin grammarian were copied directly from those of his Greek counterpart; the essential point was the explication of the classic authors, completed by a theoretical study of good language using a grammar textbook and by practical exercises in composition, graduated according to a minutely regulated progression and always remaining rather elementary. Theoretically, the curriculum remained that of the seven liberal arts, but, as in Greece, it practically neglected the study of the sciences in favour of that of letters.

      It was only in the 1st century BC that the teaching of rhetoric in Latin was established: the first recorded Latin rhetorician, Plotius Gallus, appeared in 93 BC in a political context, namely, as a democratic initiative to counter the aristocratic education given in Greek, and, as such, was soon prohibited by the conservative party in power. It was not until the end of the century and the appearance of the works of Cicero (Cicero, Marcus Tullius) that this education would be revived and become normal practice; first, Cicero's discourses offered the young Latin the equivalent of those of the Greek Demosthenes, and, second, Cicero's theoretical treatises provided a technical vocabulary obviating the need for Greek manuals. But this instruction was to remain always very close to its Hellenistic origins: the terminology used by Rome's greatest educator, Quintilian (c. AD 35–c. 100), is much more impregnated with Hellenism, much less Latinized, than that which Cicero had proposed. At Rome, too, rhetoric became the form of higher education enjoying the greatest prestige; as in Greece, this popularity outlived the elimination of political eloquence. More than in Greece, legal eloquence continued to flourish (Quintilian had in mind particularly the training of future advocates), but, as in the Hellenic milieu, Latin culture became predominantly aesthetic: from the beginning of the empire, the public lecture was the most fashionable literary genre, and the teaching of rhetoric was very naturally oriented toward the art of the lecturer as the crowning achievement.

      Because the oratorical art was incontestably the most popular subject of higher education, the Romans did not feel the same urgency to Latinize the other rival branches of knowledge, which interested only a small number of specialists with unusual vocations. To be sure, the philosophical work of Cicero had the same ambition as his oratorical work and proved by its existence that it was possible to philosophize in Latin, but philosophy (philosophy, Western) found no successors to Cicero as rhetoric did. There was never a Latin school for philosophy. Of course, Rome did not lack philosophers, but many used Greek as their means of expression (even the emperor Marcus Aurelius); those who, like Cicero, wrote in Latin—Seneca, for example—had taken their philosophy studies in Greek. It was the same in the sciences, particularly in the medical sciences; for long, there were no medical books in Latin except encyclopaedias on a popular level.

      On the other hand, Rome created in the school of law (legal education) another type of higher education—the only one that had no equivalent in Hellenistic education. The position of law in Roman life and civilization is, of course, well known. Perhaps even more than rhetoric, it offered young Romans profitable careers; very naturally, there developed an appropriate education to prepare them. At first elementary in character and entirely practical, it was given within the framework of apprenticeship: the professor of law (magister juris) was primarily a practitioner, who initiated into his art the group of young disciples entrusted to him; these listened to his consultations and heard him plead or judge. Beginning in Cicero's time and undoubtedly under his influence, this instruction was paralleled by a systematic theoretical exposition. Roman law was thus promoted to the rank of a scientific discipline. True schools were progressively established and took on an official character; their existence is well attested beginning with the 2nd century AD. It was at this same time that legal education acquired its definitive tools, with the composition of systematic elementary treatises such as the Institutiones of Gaius, manuals of procedure, commentaries on the law, and systematic collections of jurisprudence. This creative period perhaps reached its peak at the beginning of the 3rd century AD. The works of the great legal authors of this time, which became classics, were offered by the law professor with much interpretation and explication—very similar to the way in which grammarians offered literature.

      Rome, the capital, remained the great centre of this advanced study in law. At the beginning of the 3rd century, however, there appeared in the Roman Orient the school of Beirut. The teaching there was in Latin; and, to hear it and profit by the advantages that it offered for a high administrative or judicial career, many young Greeks enrolled at the school, in spite of the language obstacle. Only a legal career could persuade the Greeks to learn Latin, a language that they had always regarded as “barbarous.”

      The Roman world became covered with a network of schools concurrent with the Romanization of the provinces. The primary school always remained private; on the other hand, many schools of grammar or rhetoric acquired the character of public institutions supported (as in the Hellenic world) either by private foundations or by a municipal budget. In effect, it was always the city that was responsible for education. The liberal central government of the high empire, anxious to reduce its administrative apparatus to a minimum, made no pretense of assuming charge of it. It was content to encourage education and to favour teaching careers by fiscal exemptions; and only very exceptionally did an emperor create certain chairs of higher education and assign them a regular stipend. Vespasian (AD 69–79) created two chairs at Rome, one of Greek rhetoric and the other of Latin rhetoric. Marcus Aurelius (AD 161–180) similarly endowed, in Athens, a chair of rhetoric and four chairs of philosophy, one for each of the four great sects—Platonism, Aristotelianism, Epicureanism, and Stoicism.

Education in the later Roman Empire
      The dominant fact is the extraordinary continuity of the methods of Roman education throughout such a long succession of centuries. Whatever the profound transformations in the Roman world politically, economically, and socially, the same educational institutions, the same pedagogical methods, the same curricula were perpetuated without great change for 1,000 years in Greek and six or seven centuries in Roman territory. At most, a few nuances of change need be noted. There was a measure of increasing intervention by the central government, but this was primarily to remind the municipalities of their educational duties, to fix the remuneration of teachers, and to supervise their selection. Only higher education received direct attention: in AD 425, Theodosius II created an institute of higher education in the new capital of Constantinople and endowed it with 31 chairs for the teaching of letters, rhetoric (both Greek and Latin), philosophy, and law. Another innovation was that the exuberant growth of the bureaucratic apparatus under the later empire favoured the rise of one branch of technical education, that of stenography.

      The only evolution of any notable extent involves the use of Greek (Greek language) and Latin (Latin language). There had never been more than a few Greeks who learned Latin, even though the growing machinery of administration and the increasing clientele drawn to the law schools of Beirut and Constantinople tended to increase the numerical size of this tiny minority. On the other hand, in Latin territory, late antiquity exhibited a general recession in the use of Greek. Although the ideal remained unchanged and high culture always proposed to be bilingual, most people generally knew Greek less and less well. This retrogression need not be interpreted solely as a phenomenon of decadence: it had also a positive aspect, being an effect of the development of Latin culture itself. The richness and worth of the Latin classics explain why the youth of the West had less time than formerly to devote to the study of the Greek authors. Virgil and Cicero had replaced Homer and Demosthenes, just as in modern Europe the ancient languages have retreated before the progress of the national languages and literatures. Hence, in the later empire there appeared specialists in intercultural relations and translations from Greek into Latin. In the 4th and particularly in the 5th century, medical education in Latin became possible, thanks to the appearance of a whole medical (and veterinary) literature consisting essentially of translations of Greek manuals. It was the same with philosophy: resuming Cicero's enterprise at a distance of more than five centuries, Boethius (Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus) (c. 480–524) in his turn sought with his manuals and his translations to make the study of that discipline available in Latin. Although the misfortunes of Italy in the 6th century, including the Lombardian invasion, did not permit this hope to be realized, the work of Boethius later nourished the medieval renaissance of philosophic thought.

      Nothing better demonstrates the prestige and the allure of classical culture than the attitude taken toward it by the Christians (Christianity). This new religion could have organized an original system of education analogous to that of the rabbinical school—that is, one in which children learned through study of the Holy Scriptures—but it did not do so. Usually, Christians were content to have both their special religious education, provided by the church and the family, and their classical instruction, received in the schools and shared with the pagans. Thus, they maintained the tradition of the empire after it had become Christian. Certainly, in their view, the education dispensed by these schools must have presented many dangers, inasmuch as classical culture was bound up with its pagan past (at the beginning of the 3rd century the profession of schoolteacher was among those that disqualified one from baptism); but the utility of classical culture was so evident that they considered it necessary to send their children to these same schools in which they barred themselves from teaching. From Tertullian to St. Basil the Great of Caesarea, Christian scholars were ever mindful of the dangers presented by the study of the classics, the idolatry and immorality that they promoted; nevertheless, they sought to show how the Christian could make good use of them.

      With the passage of time and the general conversion of Roman society and particularly of its ruling class, Christianity, overcoming its reserve, completely assimilated and took over classical education. In the 4th century Christians were occupying teaching positions at all levels, from schoolmasters and grammarians to the highest chairs of eloquence. In his treatise De doctrina Christiana (426), St. Augustine (Augustine, Saint) formulated the theory of this new Christian culture: being a religion of the Book, Christianity required a certain level of literacy and literary understanding; the explication of the Bible required the methods of the grammarian; preaching a new field of action required rhetoric; theology required the equipment of philosophy. The synthesis of Christianity and classical education had become so intimate that, when the “barbarian” invasions swept away the traditional school along with many other imperial and Roman institutions, the church, needing a literary culture for the education of its clergy, kept alive the cultural tradition that Rome had received from the Hellenistic world.

Henri-Irénée Marrou James Bowen

Education in Persian, Byzantine, early Russian, and Islāmic civilizations

Ancient Persia
      The ancient Persian (Iran) empire began when Cyrus II the Great initiated his conquests in 559 BC, and it ended when it was overrun by the Muslims in AD 651. Three elements dominated this ancient Persian civilization: (1) a rigorous and challenging physical environment, (2) the activist and positive Zoroastrian religion and ethics, and (3) a militant, expansionist people. These elements developed in the Persians an adventurous personality mingled with intense national feelings.

      In the early period (559–330 BC), known as the Achaemenid (Achaemenian Dynasty) period for the dynastic name of Cyrus and his successors, education, sustained by Zoroastrian (Zoroastrianism) ethics and the requirements of a military society, aimed at serving the needs of four social classes—priests, warriors, tillers of the soil, and merchants. Three principles sustained Zoroastrian ethics: the development of good thoughts, of good words, and of good actions. Achaemenid-Zoroastrian education stressed strong family ties and community feelings, acceptance of imperial authority, religious indoctrination, and military discipline.

      Education was a private enterprise. Formative education was carried on in the home and continued after the age of seven in court schools for children of the upper classes. Secondary and higher education included training in law to prepare for government service, as well as medicine, arithmetic, geography, music, and astronomy. There were also special military schools.

      In 330 BC Persia was conquered by Alexander the Great, and native Persian or Zoroastrian education was largely eclipsed by Hellenistic (Hellenistic Age). Greek practices continued during the Parthian (Parthia) empire (247 BC–AD 224), founded by seminomadic conquerors from the Caspian steppes. And, thus, truly Persian influences were not restored until the appearance of a new, more sophisticated and reform-minded dynasty, the Sāsānians (Sāsānian dynasty), in the 3rd century AD. In what has been called the neo-Persian empire of the Sāsānians (AD 224–651), the Achaemenid social structure and education were revived and further developed and modified. Zoroastrian ethics, though more advanced than during the Achaemenid period, emphasized similar moral principles but with new stress upon the necessity for labour (particularly agriculture), upon the sanctity of marriage and family devotion, and upon the cultivation of respect for law and of intellectualism—all giving to education a strong moral, social, and national foundation. The subject matter of basic education included physical and military exercises, reading (Pahlavi alphabet), writing (on wooden tablets), arithmetic, and the fine arts.

      The greatest achievement of Sāsānian education was in higher education, particularly as it developed in the Academy of Gondēshāpūr. Here, Zoroastrian culture, Indian and Greek sciences, Alexandrian-Syrian thought, medical training, theology, philosophy, and other disciplines developed to a high degree, making Gondēshāpūr the most advanced academic centre of learning in the later period of Sāsānian civilization. The academy, to which came students from various parts of the world, advanced, among other subjects, Zoroastrian, Greek, and Indian philosophies; Persian, Hellenic, and Indian astronomy; Zoroastrian ethics, theology, and religion; law, government, and finance; and various branches of medicine.

      It was partly through the Academy of Gondēshāpūr that important elements of classical Greek and Roman learning reached the Muslims during the 8th and 9th centuries AD and through them, in Latin translations of Arabic works, the Schoolmen of western Europe during the 12th and 13th centuries.

Mehdi K. Nakosteen

      The Byzantine Empire was a continuation of the Roman Empire in the eastern Mediterranean area after the loss of the western provinces to Germanic kingdoms in the 5th century. Although it lost some of its eastern lands to the Muslims in the 7th century, the empire lasted until Constantinople—the new capital founded by the Roman emperor Constantine the Great in 330—fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. The empire was seriously weakened in 1204 when, as a result of the Fourth Crusade, its lands were partitioned and Constantinople captured; but until then it remained a powerful centralized state, with a common Christian faith, an efficient administration, and a shared Greek culture. This culture, already Christianized in the 4th and 5th centuries, was maintained and transmitted by an educational system that was inherited from the Greco-Roman past and based on the study and imitation of classical Greek literature.

Stages of education
      There were three stages of education. The basic skills of reading and writing were taught by the elementary-school (elementary education) master, or grammatistes, whose pupils generally ranged from six or seven to 10 years of age. The secondary-school (secondary education) master, or grammatikos, supervised the study and appreciation of classical literature and of literary Greek, from which the spoken Greek of everyday life differed more and more in the course of time, and Latin (until the 6th century). His pupils ranged in age from 10 to 15 or 16. Next, the rhetorician, or rhētor, taught pupils how to express themselves with clarity, elegance, and persuasiveness, in imitation of classical models. Speaking style was deemed more important than content or original thinking. An optional fourth stage was provided by the teacher of philosophy, who introduced pupils to some of the topics of ancient philosophy, often by reading and discussing works of Plato or Aristotle. Rhetoric and philosophy formed the main content of higher education.

      Elementary education was widely available throughout most of the empire's existence, not only in towns but occasionally in the countryside as well. Literacy was therefore much more widespread than in western Europe, at least until the 12th century. Secondary education was confined to the larger cities. Pupils desiring higher education had almost always to go to Constantinople (Istanbul), which became the cultural centre of the empire after the loss to the Muslim Arabs of Syria, Palestine, and Egypt in the 7th century. Monasteries sometimes had schools in which young novices were educated, but they did not teach lay pupils. Girls did not normally attend schools, but the daughters of the upper classes were often educated by private tutors. Many women were literate, and some, such as the hymnographer Kasia (9th century) and the historian-princess Anna Comnena (1083–c. 1153), were recognized as writers of distinction.

      Elementary-school pupils were taught to read and write individual letters first, then syllables, and finally short texts, often passages from the Psalms. They probably also learned simple arithmetic at this stage. Teachers had a humble social status and depended on the fees paid by parents for their livelihood. They usually held classes in their own homes or on church porches but were sometimes employed as private tutors by wealthy households. They had no assistants and used no textbooks. Teaching methods emphasized memorization and copying exercises, reinforced by rewards and punishments.

      The secondary-school teacher taught the grammar and vocabulary of classical and ecclesiastical Greek literature from the Hellenistic and Roman periods and explained the elements of classical mythology and history that were necessary for the study of a limited selection of ancient Greek texts, mainly poetry, beginning with Homer. The most commonly used textbook was the brief grammar by Dionysius Thrax; numerous and repetitive later commentaries on the book were also frequently used. From the 9th century on, these books were sometimes supplemented with the Canons of Theognostos, a collection of brief rules of orthography and grammar. The grammatikos might also make use of anonymous texts dating from late antiquity, which offered word-by-word grammatical explanations of Homer's Iliad, or of similar texts on the Psalms by Georgius Choiroboscos (early 9th century). Pupils would not normally possess copies of these textbooks, since handwritten books were very expensive, but would learn the rules by rote from their teacher's dictation. Beginning in the 11th century, much use was made in secondary education of schedē (literally, “sketches” or “improvisations”), short prose texts that often ended in a few lines of verse. These were specially written by a teacher to illustrate points of grammar or style. From the early 14th century on, much use was also made of erotemata, systematic collections of questions and answers on grammar which the pupil learned by heart.

      Secondary schools often had more than one teacher, and the older pupils were often expected to help teach their juniors. Schools of this kind had little institutional continuity, however. The most lasting schools were those conducted in churches.

      The rhetorician's textbooks included systematic handbooks of the art of rhetoric, model texts with detailed commentaries, and specimens of oratory by classical or postclassical Greek writers and by Church Fathers, in particular Gregory of Nazianzus. Many Byzantine handbooks of rhetoric survive from all periods. They are often anonymous and always derivative, mostly based directly or indirectly on the treatises of Hermogenes of Tarsus (late 2nd century AD). There is little innovation in the theory of rhetoric that they expound. After studying models, pupils went on to compose and deliver speeches on various general topics.

      Until the early 6th century there was a flourishing school of Neoplatonic philosophy in Athens, but it was repressed or abolished in 529 because of the active paganism of its professors. A similar, but Christian, school in Alexandria survived until the Arab conquest of Egypt in 640. For the next five centuries philosophical teaching seems to have been limited to simple surveys of Aristotle's logic, but in the 11th century there was a renewal of interest in the Greek philosophical tradition and many commentaries on works of Aristotle were composed, evidently for use in teaching. In the early 15th century the philosopher George Gemistos Plethon revived interest in Plato, who until then had been neglected for Aristotle. All philosophical teaching in the Byzantine world was concerned with the explanation of texts rather than with the analysis of problems.

      Because higher education provided learned and articulate personnel for the sophisticated bureaucracies of state and church, it was often supported and controlled officially, although private education always existed as well. There were officially appointed teachers in Constantinople in the 4th century, and in 425 the emperor Theodosius II established professorships of Greek and Latin grammar, rhetoric, and philosophy, but these probably did not survive the great crisis of the Arab and Slav invasions of the 7th century. In the 9th century the School of Magnaura, an institution of higher learning, was founded by imperial decree. In the 11th century Constantine IX (Constantine IX Monomachus) established new schools of philosophy and law at the Capitol School in Constantinople. Both survived until the 12th century, when the school under the control of the patriarch of Constantinople, with teachers of grammar, rhetoric, and biblical studies, gained predominance. After the interval of Western rule in Constantinople (1204–61), both emperors and patriarchs gave sporadic support to higher education in the capital. As the power, wealth, and territory of the empire were eroded in the 14th and 15th centuries, the church became the principal and ultimately the only patron of higher education.

Professional education
      Teaching of such professional subjects as medicine, law, and architecture was largely a matter of apprenticeship, although at various times there was some imperially supported or institutionalized teaching.

      Strangely, there is little sign of systematic teaching of theology, apart from that given by the professors of biblical studies in the 12th-century patriarchal school. Studious reading of works by the Church Fathers was the principal path to theological knowledge in Byzantium, both for clergy and for laymen. Nonetheless, religious orthodoxy (Eastern Orthodoxy), or faith, was Byzantium's greatest strength. It held the empire together for more than 1,000 years against eastern invaders. Faith was also the Byzantine culture's chief limitation, choking originality in the sciences and the practical arts. But within this limitation it preserved the literature, science, and philosophy of classical Greece in recopied texts, some of which escaped the plunders of the crusaders and were carried to southern Italy, restoring Greek learning there. Combined with the treasures of classical learning that reached Europe through the Muslims, this Byzantine heritage helped to initiate the beginnings of the European Renaissance.

Mehdi K. Nakosteen Robert Browning

Early Russian (Russia) education: Kiev and Muscovy
      Properly, the term Russia applies only to the empire that covered roughly the present area of the Soviet Union from the 18th to the early 20th century. It is sometimes less strictly employed, however, as in this section, to refer to that area from ancient times as well.

      The influences of the Byzantine Empire and of the Eastern Orthodox church (Eastern Orthodoxy) made themselves strongly felt in Russia as early as the 10th century, when Kiev, the first East Slavic state, was firmly established. At that time Prince Svyatoslav (Svyatoslav I), a determined pagan, failed to maintain control of the route “from the Varangians to the Greeks” (south from Novgorod through Kiev, along the Dnepr River) and the Byzantine Empire expelled him from its Balkan possessions, which he was attempting to conquer. After his death in 972 the way lay open for sustained penetration of cultural influences emanating from Byzantium into the Kievan (Kiev) state, although formal relations between the two powers were seldom harmonious. Byzantine cultural materials entering the Kievan state were translated into Old Church Slavonic (Old Church Slavonic language); thus, there was no language barrier. A famous tale in an early chronicle recounts how Grand Prince Vladimir in 988 ordered the people of Kiev to receive baptism in the Orthodox Christian rite. It is, however, highly dubious to claim that this event, which established Christianity as the predominant cultural force in the Kievan state, also marked the beginning of an institutionalized system of education. A few sources of the time spoke of “book learning,” but all this actually meant was that people were expected to be acquainted with the rudiments of Holy Writ.

      The next epoch in Russian history is known as the appanage period. This period runs roughly from the decline of Kiev in the 11th century to the rise of the grand principality of Moscow (Moscow, Grand Principality of) (Muscovy) in the 14th century. It was characterized by the appearance of numerous autonomous fiefdoms and a population shift from southern plains to northern forests, brought about in large part by attacks from steppe nomads. Although the church and monasteries continued to acquire wealth and property, anarchic decentralization was not conducive to the development of any kind of widespread, uniform educational apparatus.

      During this time of instability, in 1240, the Mongol (or Tatar) empire, known as the Golden Horde, sacked and devastated the European Russian Plain and imposed its control over the region, although with diminishing efficiency, until 1451. The Mongol rule had a debilitating effect on all phases of Russian culture, including the church, which became more formalistic and ritualistic. What little can be learned about education at this time must be culled from later biographies of contemporary saints. It is not clear who served as teachers, how many there were, where they taught, or how many and what kind of pupils they had. What instruction they gave was of an uncompromisingly religious nature: seven-year-olds did little more than read aloud and chant devotional materials or, very rarely, recite the numbers from one to 100. Because students uttered their assignments simultaneously, the result was often chaotic.

      By the time the Mongol rule came to an end, the welter of independent Russian principalities had been united under the authority of the grand principality of Moscow, which began a successful program of territorial expansion. Controversies over religious issues, particularly the respective roles of church and state, flared up but failed to bring about any real improvement in education. The church's inability to provide adequate education was recognized, however, and in 1551 a church council known as the Hundred Chapters was convened at the initiative of the tsar Ivan IV the Terrible. The council heard many stories of clerical ignorance and licentiousness, and its deliberations made it clear that no effective system or institution existed to educate the clergy, the key class in the cultural establishment.

      It is misleading to think of education solely in institutional terms, however. Another system existed in early Russia: the highly developed family system, within which from generation to generation parents handed on to their children skills and knowledge. Indeed, the very strength and tenacity of the family unit may well have retarded development of a more formal educational structure.

      Things began to change in the 17th century. It is necessary to bear in mind that Kiev and much of the western Ukraine had for centuries been under the control of the Roman Catholic Polish-Lithuanian state, where intellectual achievement and ferment, especially during the Renaissance and Reformation, had been considerably greater than in Muscovite Russia. The people of the Ukraine were determined to preserve Orthodoxy from Catholic pressure, which grew intense when the Jesuits employed their excellent schools as one means to spearhead the Counter-Reformation. Different Orthodox groups responded to the challenge by forming schools at many levels, culminating in the foundation of the Kievan Academy by Peter Mogila (Mogila, Peter), the energetic metropolitan of Kiev, who strove to adapt Western educational techniques to defend Orthodoxy. It should be noted, however, that, although these schools adopted portions of the broader Western curriculum, their goal continued to be what it always had been, the inculcation of traditional religious values.

      By the mid-17th century much of the western Ukraine had come under Muscovite control, enabling a number of educated Ukrainians, some trained in Poland, a few even in Rome, to come to Moscow. They arrived under the auspices of Patriarch Nikon, who was then engaged in correcting what he saw as errors in Orthodox church books; but their appearance aroused deep suspicion on the part of the Orthodox establishment, many of whose members displayed little interest in or sympathy for the establishment of schools, an undertaking the newcomers considered to be of primary importance. Educational reforms nevertheless continued, albeit slowly.

      The reign of Peter I the Great (1682–1725) ushered in a new and more dynamic age, although even this ruler's reforming zeal proved inadequate to the central task of creating a national school system, particularly at the elementary level. Religion was deemphasized as Peter strove to establish at least a few institutions that would provide graduates trained in practical subjects for government and military service. Church schools were brought under state control, and the Academy of Sciences was established. Nevertheless, the creation of a network of schools capable at all levels of responding to Russia's rapidly changing priorities was a task that awaited the future.

Hugh F. Graham

The Islāmic Era
Influences on Muslim education and culture
      The Greco-Byzantine heritage of learning that was preserved through the medium of Middle Eastern (Middle East, ancient) scholarship was combined with elements of Persian and Indian thought and taken over and enriched by the Muslims (Islāmic world). It was initiated as early as the Umayyad (Umayyad Dynasty) caliphate (661–750), which allowed the sciences of the Hellenistic world to flourish in Syria and patronized Semitic and Persian schools in Alexandria, Beirut, Gondēshāpūr, Nisibis, Haran, and Antioch. But the largest share of Islām's preservation of classical culture was assumed by the ʿAbbāsid (Abbāsid Dynastyʿ) caliphate (750–c. 1100), which followed the Umayyad and encouraged and supported the translation of Greek works into Arabic, often by Nestorian, Hebrew, and Persian scholars. These translations included works by Plato and Aristotle, Hippocrates, Galen, Dioscorides, Alexander of Aphrodisias, Ptolemy, and others. The great mathematician al-Khwārizmī (Khwārizmī, al-) (flourished 9th century) compiled astronomical tables, introduced Hindu numerals (which became Arabic numerals), formulated the oldest known trigonometric tables, and prepared a geographic encyclopaedia in cooperation with 69 other scholars.

      The transmission of classical culture through Muslim channels can be divided into seven basic types: works translated directly from Greek into Arabic; works translated into Pahlavi, including Indian, Greek, Syriac, Hellenistic, Hebrew, and Zoroastrian materials, with the Academy of Gondēshāpūr as the centre of such scholarship (the works then being translated from Pahlavi into Arabic); works translated from Hindi into Pahlavi, then into Syriac, Hebrew, and Arabic; works written by Muslim scholars from the 9th through the 11th centuries but borrowed, in effect, from non-Muslim sources, with the line of transmission obscure; works that amounted to summaries and commentaries of Greco-Persian materials; works by Muslim scholars that were advances over pre-Islāmic learning but that might not have developed in Islām had there not been the stimulation from Hellenistic, Byzantine, Zoroastrian, and Hindu learning; and, finally, works that appear to have arisen from purely individual genius and national cultures and would likely have developed independent of Islām's classical heritage of learning.

Aims and purposes of Muslim education
      Islām placed a high value on education, and, as the faith spread among diverse peoples, education became an important channel through which to create a universal and cohesive social order. By the middle of the 9th century knowledge was divided into three categories: the Islāmic sciences, the philosophical and natural sciences (Greek knowledge), and the literary arts. The Islāmic sciences, which emphasized the study of the Qurʾān (the Islāmic scripture) and the Ḥadīth (the sayings and traditions of the Prophet Muḥammad) and their interpretation by leading scholars and theologians, were valued the most highly, but Greek scholarship was considered equally important albeit less virtuous.

      Early Muslim education emphasized practical studies, such as the application of technological expertise to the development of irrigation systems, architectural innovations, textiles, iron and steel products, earthenware, and leather products; the manufacture of paper and gunpowder; the advancement of commerce; and the maintenance of a merchant marine. After the 11th century, however, denominational interests dominated higher learning, and the Islāmic sciences achieved preeminence. Greek knowledge was studied in private, if at all, and the literary arts diminished in significance as educational policies encouraging academic freedom and new learning were replaced by a closed system characterized by an intolerance toward scientific innovations, secular subjects, and creative scholarship. This denominational system spread throughout eastern Islām from Transoxania (roughly modern Uzbek S.S.R.) to Egypt, with some 75 schools in existence between about 1050 and 1250.

Organization of education
      The system of education in the Muslim world was unintegrated and undifferentiated. Learning took place in a variety of institutions, among them the ḥalqah, or study circle; the maktab (kuttab), or elementary school; the palace schools; bookshops and literary salons; and the various types of colleges, the meshed, the masjid, and the madrasah. All the schools taught essentially the same subjects.

      The simplest type of early Muslim education was offered in the mosques (mosque), where scholars who had congregated to discuss the Qurʾān began, before long, to teach the religious sciences to interested adults. Mosques increased in number under the caliphs, particularly the ʿAbbāsids: 3,000 of them were reported in Baghdad alone in the first decades of the 10th century; as many as 12,000 were reported in Alexandria in the 14th century, most of them with schools attached. Some mosques, such as that of al-Manṣūr, built during the reign of Hārūn ar-Rashīd in Baghdad, or those in Isfahan, Mashhad, Ghom, Damascus, Cairo, and the Alhambra (Granada), became centres of learning for students from all over the Muslim world. Each mosque usually contained several study circles (ḥalqah), so named because the teacher was, as a rule, seated on a dais or cushion with the pupils gathered in a semicircle before him. The more advanced a student, the closer he was seated to the teacher. The mosque circles varied in approach, course content, size, and quality of teaching, but the method of instruction usually emphasized lectures and memorization. Teachers were as a rule looked upon as masters of scholarship, and their lectures were meticulously recorded in notebooks. Students often made long journeys to join the circle of a great teacher. Some circles, especially those in which the Ḥadīth was studied, were so large that it was necessary for assistants to repeat the lecture so that every student could hear and record it.

      Elementary (elementary education) schools ( maktab, or kuttab), in which pupils learned to read and write, date to the pre-Islāmic period in the Arab world. After the advent of Islām, these schools developed into centres for instruction in elementary Islāmic subjects. Students were expected to memorize the Qurʾān as perfectly as possible. Some schools also included in their curriculum the study of poetry, elementary arithmetic, penmanship, ethics (manners), and elementary grammar. Maktabs were quite common in almost every town or village in the Middle East, Africa, Sicily, and Spain.

      Schools conducted in royal palaces taught not only the curriculum of the maktabs but also social and cultural studies designed to prepare the pupil for higher education, for service in the government of the caliphs, or for polite society. The instructors were called muʾaddibs, or instructors in good manners. The exact content of the curriculum was specified by the ruler, but oratory, history, tradition, formal ethics, poetry, and the art of good conversation were often included. Instruction usually continued long after the pupils had passed elementary age.

      The high degree of learning and scholarship in Islām, particularly during the ʿAbbāsid period in eastern Islām and the later Umayyads in western Islām, encouraged the development of bookshops (book), copyists, and book dealers in large, important Islāmic cities such as Damascus, Baghdad, and Córdoba. Scholars and students spent many hours in these bookshop schools browsing, examining, and studying available books or purchasing favourite selections for their private libraries. Book dealers traveled to famous bookstores in search of rare manuscripts for purchase and resale to collectors and scholars and thus contributed to the spread of learning. Many such manuscripts found their way to private libraries of famous Muslim scholars such as Avicenna, al-Ghazālī, and al-Fārābī, who in turn made their homes centres of scholarly pursuits for their favourite students.

      Fundamental to Muslim education as were the circle schools, the maktabs, and the palace schools, they embodied definite educational limitations. Their curricula were limited; they could not always attract well-trained teachers; physical facilities were not always conducive to a congenial educational environment; and conflicts between religious and secular aims in these schools were almost irreconcilable. Most importantly, these schools could not meet the growing need for trained personnel or provide sufficient educational opportunities for those who wished to continue their studies. These pressures led to the creation of a new type of school, the madrasah, which became the crown and glory of medieval Muslim education. The madrasah was an outgrowth of the masjid, a type of mosque college dating to the 8th century. The differences between these two institutions are still being studied, but most scholars believe that the masjid was also a place of worship and that, unlike the madrasah, its endowment supported only the faculty and not the students as well. A third type of college, the meshed (shrine college), was usually a madrasah built next to a pilgrimage centre. Whatever their particularities, all three types of college specialized in legal instruction (legal education), each turning out experts in one of the four schools of Sunnite, or orthodox, Islāmic law.

      Madrasahs may have existed as early as the 9th century, but the most famous one was founded in 1057 by the vizier Niẓām al-Mulk in Baghdad. The Niẓāmīyah, devoted to Sunnite learning, served as a model for the establishment of an extensive network of such institutions throughout the eastern Islāmic world, especially in Cairo, which had 75 madrasahs, in Damascus, which had 51, and in Aleppo, where the number of madrasahs rose from six to 44 between 1155 and 1260.

      Important institutions also developed in the Spanish cities of Córdoba, Sevilla (Seville), Toledo, Granada, Murcia, Almería, Valencia, and Cádiz, in western Islām, under the Umayyads. The madrasahs had no standard curriculum; the founder of each school determined the specific courses that would be taught, but they generally offered instruction in both the religious sciences and the physical sciences.

      The contribution of these institutions to the advancement of knowledge was vast. Muslim scholars calculated the angle of the ecliptic (astronomy); measured the size of the Earth; calculated the precession of the equinoxes; explained, in the field of optics and physics, such phenomena as refraction of light, gravity, capillary attraction, and twilight; and developed observatories for the empirical study of heavenly bodies. They made advances in the uses of drugs, herbs, and foods for medication (medicine, history of); established hospitals with a system of interns and externs; discovered causes of certain diseases and developed correct diagnoses of them; proposed new concepts of hygiene; made use of anesthetics in surgery with newly innovated surgical tools; and introduced the science of dissection in anatomy. They furthered the scientific breeding of horses and cattle; found new ways of grafting to produce (agriculture, origins of) new types of flowers and fruits; introduced new concepts of irrigation, fertilization, and soil cultivation; and improved upon the science of navigation. In the area of chemistry, Muslim scholarship led to the discovery of such substances as potash, alcohol, nitrate of silver, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, and mercury chloride. It also developed to a high degree of perfection the arts of textiles, ceramics, and metallurgy.

Major periods of Muslim education and learning
      The renaissance of Islāmic culture and scholarship developed largely under the ʿAbbāsid administration in eastern Islām and under the later Umayyads (Umayyad Dynasty) in western Islām, mainly in Spain, between 800 and 1000. This latter period, the golden age of Islāmic scholarship, was largely a period of translation and interpretation of classical thoughts and their adaptation to Islāmic theology and philosophy. The period also witnessed the introduction and assimilation of Hellenistic, Persian, and Hindu mathematics, astronomy, algebra, trigonometry, and medicine into Muslim culture.

      Whereas the 8th and 9th centuries, mainly between 750 and 900, were characterized by the introduction of classical learning and its refinement and adaptation to Islāmic culture, the 10th and 11th were centuries of interpretation, criticism, and further adaptation. There followed a period of modification and significant additions to classical culture through Muslim scholarship. Then, during the 12th and 13th centuries, most of the works of classical learning and the creative Muslim additions were translated from Arabic into Hebrew and Latin. The decline of Muslim scholarship coincided with the early phases of the European intellectual awakening that these translations were partly instrumental in bringing about.

      Creative scholarship in Islām from the 10th to the 12th century included works by such scholars as Omar Khayyam, al-Bīrūnī, Fakhr ad-Dīn ar-Rāzī, Avicenna (Ibn Sīnā), aṭ-Ṭabarī, Avempace (Ibn Bājjah), and Averroës (Ibn Rushd).

Influence of Islāmic learning on the West
      The translation into Latin of most Islāmic works during the 12th and 13th centuries had a great impact upon the European Renaissance. As Islām was declining in scholarship and Europe was absorbing the fruits of Islām's centuries of creative productivity, signs of Latin Christian awakening were evident throughout the European continent.

      The 12th century was one of intensified traffic of Muslim learning into the Western world through many hundreds of translations of Muslim works, which helped Europe seize the initiative from Islām when political conditions in Islām brought about a decline in Muslim scholarship. By 1300, when all that was worthwhile in Muslim scientific, philosophical, and social learning had been transmitted to European schoolmen through Latin translations, European scholars stood once again on the solid ground of Hellenistic thought, enriched or modified through Muslim and Byzantine efforts.

Mehdi K. Nakosteen Joseph S. Szyliowicz

The European Middle Ages

The background of early Christian education
From the beginnings to the 4th century
      At first Christianity found most of its adherents among the poor and illiterate, making little headway, as St. Paul observed (1 Corinthians 1:26), among the worldly-wise, the mighty, and those of high rank. But during the 2nd century AD and afterward it appealed more and more to the educated class and to leading citizens. These naturally wanted their children to have at least as good an education as they themselves had had, but the only schools available were the grammar and rhetoric schools, with their Greco-Roman, non-Christian culture. There were different opinions among Christian leaders about the right attitude to this dilemma that confronted all Christians who sought a good education for their children. The Greek Fathers (Church Father), especially the Christian Platonists Clement of Alexandria (Clement of Alexandria, Saint) and Origen, sought to prove that the Christian view of the universe was compatible with Greek thought and even regarded Christianity as the culmination of philosophy, to which the way must be sought through liberal studies. Without a liberal education the Christian could live a life of faith and obedience but could not expect to attain an intellectual understanding of the mysteries of the faith or expect to appreciate the significance of the Gospel as the meeting ground of Hellenism and Judaism. St. Augustine (Augustine, Saint) and St. Basil also tolerated the use of the secular schools by Christians, maintaining that literary and rhetorical culture is valuable so long as it is kept subservient to the Christian life. The Roman theologian Tertullian, on the other hand, was suspicious of pagan culture, but he admitted the necessity, though deploring it, of making use of the educational facilities available.

      In any event, most Christians who wanted their children to have a good education appear to have sent their children to the secular schools; this practice continued even after 313, when the emperor Constantine, who had been converted to Christianity, stopped the persecution of Christians and gave them the same rights as other citizens. Christians also set up catechetical schools (catechetical school) for the religious instruction of adults who wished to be baptized. Of these schools the most famous was the one at Alexandria in Egypt, which had a succession of outstanding heads, including Clement and Origen. Under their scholarly guidance, it developed a much wider curriculum than was usual in catechetical schools, including the best in Greek science and philosophy in addition to Christian studies. Other schools modeled on that at Alexandria developed in some parts of the Middle East, notably in Syria, and continued for some time after the collapse of the empire in the west.

From the 5th to the 8th century
      The gradual subjugation of the Western Empire by the barbarian invaders during the 5th century eventually entailed the breakup of the educational system that the Romans had developed over the centuries. The barbarians, however, did not destroy the empire; in fact, their entry was really in the form of vast migrations that swamped the existing and rapidly weakening Roman culture. The position of the emperor remained, the barbarians exercising local control through smaller kingdoms. Roman learning continued, and there were notable examples in the writings of Boethius (Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus), chiefly his Consolation of Philosophy. Boethius composed most of these studies while acting as director of civil administration under the Ostrogoths. Equally famous was his contemporary Cassiodorus (c. 490–c. 585) who, as a minister under the Ostrogoths, worked energetically at his vision of civilitas, a program of educating the public and developing a sound administrative structure. Thus, despite the political and social upheavals, the methods and program of ancient education survived into the 6th century in the new barbarian Mediterranean kingdoms; indeed, the barbarians were frequently impressed and attracted by things Roman. In Ostrogothic Italy (Milan, Ravenna, Rome) and in Vandal Africa (Carthage), the schools of the grammarians and rhetoricians survived for a time, and, even in those places where such schools soon disappeared, as in Gaul and in Spain, private teachers or parents maintained the tradition of classical culture until the 7th century. As in previous centuries, the culture bestowed was essentially literary and oratorical: grammar and rhetoric constituted the basis of the studies. The pupils read, reread, and commented on the classical authors and imitated them by composing certain kinds of exercises (dictiones) with the aim of achieving a perfect mastery of their style. In fact, however, the practice was desultory, and the results were mechanical and poor. Greek was ignored more and more, and attempts to revive Hellenic studies were limited to a dwindling number of scholars.

      Christianity, meanwhile, was becoming more formally organized, and in the Latin-speaking western division of the empire, the Catholic church (Roman Catholicism) (as it was beginning to be called, from the Greek katholikos, the “whole”) had developed an administrative pattern, based upon that of the empire itself, for which learning was essential for the proper discharge of its duties. Schools began to be formed in the rudimentary cathedrals, although the main centres of learning from the 5th century to the time of Charlemagne in the 8th century were in the monasteries. The prototype of Western monasticism was the great monastery founded at Monte Cassino in 529 by Benedict of Nursia (Benedict of Nursia, Saint) (c. 480–c. 547), probably on the model of Vivarium, the scholarly monastery established by Cassiodorus. The rule developed by Benedict to guide monastic life stimulated many other foundations, and one result was the rapid spread of Benedictine monasteries and the establishment of an order. The Benedictine monasteries became the chief centres of learning and the source of the many literate scribes needed for the civil administration.

      The monastic schools, however, are no more significant in the history of education than the schools founded by bishops, usually in connection with a cathedral (cathedral school). These episcopal schools are sometimes looked upon as successors of the grammar schools of the Roman Empire. First specializing in the development of the clergy, they later admitted young lay people when the small Roman schools had disappeared. At the same time there were bishops who organized a kind of boarding school where the aspiring clergyman, living in a community, participated in duties of a monastic character and learned his clerical trade.

      The influence of monasticism affected the content of instruction and the method of presenting it. Children were to be dutiful, as the Celtic and English (England) monks Columban and Bede were to remark: “A child does not remain angry, he is not spiteful, does not contradict the professors, but receives with confidence what is taught him.” In the case of the adolescent destined for a religious profession, the monastic lawgiver was severe. The teacher must know and teach the doctrine, reprimand the undisciplined, and adapt his method to the different temperaments of the young monks. The education of young girls destined for monastic life was similar: the mistress of the novices recommended prayer, manual work, and study.

      Between the 5th and 8th centuries the principles of education of the laity likewise evolved. The treatises on education, later called the “mirrors,” pointed to the importance of the four moral virtues—prudence, courage, justice, and temperance. The Institutionum disciplinae of an anonymous Visigoth pedagogue expressed the desire that all young men “quench their thirst at the quadruple fountain of the virtues.” In the 7th and 8th centuries the moral concepts of antiquity completely surrendered to religious principles. The Christian Bible was more and more considered as the only source of moral life, as the mirror in which men must learn to see themselves. A bishop addressing himself to a son of the Frankish king Dagobert (died 639) drew his examples from the books of the Old Testament. The mother of Didier of Cahors addressed to her son letters of edification on the fear of God, on the horror of vice, and on penitence.

      The Christian education of children who were not aristocrats or future clergymen or monks was irregular. Whereas in antiquity catechetical instruction was organized especially for the adult laity, after the 5th century more and more children and then infants received Baptism, and, once baptized, a child was not required to receive any particular religious education. His parents and godparents assisted him in learning the minimum, if anything at all. Only by attending church services and listening to sermons did the child acquire his religious culture.

The Irish and English revivals
      During the 5th and 6th centuries there was a renaissance of learning in the remote land of Ireland, introduced there initially by the patron saints of Ireland—Patrick, Bridget, and Columba—who established schools at Armagh, Kildare, and Iona. They were followed by a number of other native scholars, who also founded colleges—the most famous and greatest university being the one at Clonmacnois (Clonmacnoise), on the Shannon River near Athlone. To these and lesser schools flocked Anglo-Saxons, Gauls, Scots, and Teutons from Britain and the Continent. From about AD 600 to 850, Ireland itself sent scholars to the Continent to teach, found monasteries, and establish schools.

      Although the very earliest Irish scholars may have aimed primarily at propagating the Christian faith, their successors soon began studying and teaching the Greek and Roman classics (but only in Latin versions), along with Christian theology. Eventually there were additions of mathematics, nature study, rhetoric, poetry, grammar, and astronomy, all studied, it seems, very largely through the medium of the Irish language.

       England was next to experience the reawakening, and, though there were notable schools at such places as Canterbury and Winchester, it was in Northumbria that the schools flourished most. At the monasteries of Jarrow and Wearmouth and at the Cathedral School of York, some of the greatest of early medieval writers and schoolmasters appeared, including the Venerable Bede and Alcuin. The latter went to France in 780 to become master of Charlemagne's palace school.

The Carolingian renaissance and its aftermath
The cultural revival under Charlemagne and his successors
      Charlemagne (742/743–814) has been represented as the sponsor or even creator of medieval education, and the Carolingian renaissance has been represented as the renewal of Western culture. This renaissance, however, built on earlier episcopal and monastic developments; and, although Charlemagne did help to ensure the survival of scholarly traditions in a relatively bleak and rude age, there was nothing like the general advance in education that occurred later with the cultural awakening of the 11th and 12th centuries.

      Learning, nonetheless, had no more ardent friend than Charlemagne, who came to the Frankish throne in 768 distressed to find extremely poor standards of Latin prevailing. He thus ordered that the clergy be educated severely, whether by persuasion or under compulsion. He recalled that, in order to interpret the Holy Scriptures, one must have a command of correct language and a fluent knowledge of Latin; he later commanded, “in each bishopric and in each monastery let the psalms, the notes, the chant, calculation and grammar be taught and carefully corrected books be available” (capitulary of AD 789). His promotion of ecclesiastical and educational reform bore fruit in a generation of churchmen whose morals and whose education were of a higher standard than before.

      The possibility then arose of providing, for the brighter young clerics and perhaps also for a few laymen, a more advanced religious and academic training. It was perhaps to meet this modest need that a school grew up within the precincts of the emperor's palace at Aachen. In order to develop and staff other centres of culture and learning, Charlemagne imported considerable foreign talent. During the 8th century England had been the scene of some intellectual activity; thus, Alcuin, who had been the master of the school at York, and other English scholars were brought over to transplant to the Continent the studies and disciplines of the Anglo-Saxon schools. From Moorish (Moor) Spain came Christian refugees who also contributed to this intellectual revival; disputations with the Muslims had forced them to develop a dialectic skill in which they now instructed Charlemagne's subjects. From Italy came grammarians and chroniclers, men such as Paul the Deacon; the more formalistic classical traditions in which they had been bred supplied the framework to discipline the effervescent brilliance of the Anglo-Saxons. Irish scholars also arrived. Thanks to these foreigners, who represented the areas where classical and Christian culture had been maintained in the 6th and 8th centuries, the court became a kind of “academy,” to use Alcuin's term. There the emperor, his heirs, and his friends discussed various subjects—the existence or nonexistence of the underworld and of nothingness, the eclipse of the sun, the relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and so on. Recognizing the importance of manuscripts in the cultural revival, Charlemagne formed a library (the catalog of which is still extant), had texts and books copied and recopied, and bade every school to maintain a scriptorium. Alcuin developed a school of calligraphy at Tours, and its new script spread rapidly throughout the empire; this Carolingian minuscule was more legible and less wasteful of space than the uncial scripts hitherto employed.

      Outside the court at Aachen were to be found here and there a few seats of culture, but not many. The archbishop of Lyon reorganized the schools of readers and choir leaders; Alcuin in Saint-Martin-de-Tours and Angilbert in Saint-Riquier organized monastic schools with relatively well-stocked libraries. It was necessary to wait for the second generation or even the third to witness the greatest brilliance of the Carolingian renewal. Under Charlemagne's son Louis the Pious and especially under his grandsons, the monastic schools reached their apogee in France north of the Loire, in Germany, and in Italy. The most famous were at Saint-Gall, Reichenau, Fulda, Bobbio, Saint-Denis, Saint-Martin-de-Tours, and Ferrières. Unfortunately, the breakup of the Carolingian empire, following local rebellions and the Viking invasions, ended the progress of the Carolingian renaissance.

Influences of the Carolingian renaissance abroad
      In England, at least in the kingdom of Wessex, King Alfred the Great stands out as another royal patron of learning, one who wanted to imitate the creativity of Charlemagne. When he came to the throne in 871, cultural standards had fallen to a low level, partly because of the turmoil of the Danish invasions. He was grieved to find so few who could understand Latin church services or translate a letter from Latin into English. To accomplish an improvement, he called upon monks from the Continent, particularly those of Saint-Bertin. Moreover, he attracted to his court certain English clergy and young sons of nobles. Since the latter did not know Latin, he had translated into Wessex English some works of Pope Gregory the Great, Boethius, the theologian and historian Paulus Orosius, Venerable Bede, St. Augustine, and others. He himself translated Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, Gregory the Great's Pastoral Care, and Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People. This promotion of learning was continued by Alfred's successors and spread elsewhere in England; and in the reformed monasteries at Canterbury, York, and Winchester, the young monks renewed the study of religious and secular sciences. Among the master scholars of the late 10th century was the Benedictine monk Aelfric, perhaps the greatest prose writer of Anglo-Saxon times. In order to facilitate the learning of Latin (Latin language) for young monks, Aelfric composed a grammar, glossary, and colloquy, containing a Latin grammar described in Anglo-Saxon, a glossary in which master and pupil could find a methodically classified Latin vocabulary (names of birds, fish, plants, and so forth), and a manual of conversation, inspired by the bilingual manuals of antiquity.

      Among the other Saxons, those of the Continent who presided over the destinies of Germany, there were also significant gatherings of masters and students at selected monasteries, such as Corvey and Gandersheim. In any case, wherever teaching became important in the 10th century, it concentrated largely on grammar and the works of the classical authors. Thus when Gerbert of Aurillac, after a course of instruction in Catalonia, came to teach dialectic and the arts of the quadrivium (geometry, arithmetic, harmonics, and astronomy) at Reims, he aroused astonishment and admiration. His renown helped in his later election as Pope Sylvester II. The first half of the 11th century contained the first glimmerings of a rediscovered dialectic. A new stage in the history of teaching was beginning.

Education of the laity in the 9th and 10th centuries
      The clergy who dominated society thought it necessary to give laymen some directives about life comparable to those offered in monastic rules and thus issued what were called miroirs (“mirrors”), setting forth the duties of a good sovereign and exalting the Christian struggle. Already the image of the courtly and Christian knight was beginning to take shape. It was not a question of governing a state well but, rather, of governing oneself. The layman must struggle against vice and practice virtue; he must emphasize his religious heritage. Alcuin became indignant when he heard it said that the reading of the Gospel was the duty of the clergy and not that of the layman. Huoda, wife of Bernard, duke of Septimania, addressed a manual to her 16-year-old son, stressing the reading and praying that a young man should do. In the libraries of the laity, the volumes of the Old and New Testaments took first place, along with prayer books, a kind of breviary designed for day-to-day use.

      If a minority of aristocrats could receive a suitable moral and religious education, the masses remained illiterate and preferred a military apprenticeship to study. “He who has remained in school up to twelve years without mounting a horse is no longer good for anything but the priesthood,” wrote a German poet. Writers of hagiographic texts were fond of contrasting the mother of the future saint, anxious to give education to her son, and the father, who wanted to harden his son at an early age to the chase or to war. The Carolingian tradition, however, was not totally forgotten by princes and others in high places. In Germany, Otto I and his successors, who wished to re-create the Carolingian empire, encouraged studies at the court: Wipo, the preceptor of Henry III, set out a program of education for the laity in his Proverbia. Rediscovering the ancient moralists, chiefly Cicero and Seneca, he praised moderation as opposed to warlike brutality or even the ascetic strength of the monks. The same tendency is found in other writings.

The medieval renaissance
      The era that has been called the “renaissance of the 12th century” corresponds to a rediscovery of studies originating in the 11th century in a West in the process of transformation. The church cast off the tutelage of lay power, and there was general acceptance of the authority of the church in matters of belief, conduct, and education; the papacy took over the direction of Christianity and organized the Crusades to the East; the monarchies regrouped the political and economic forces of feudal society; the cities were reanimated and were organized into communes; the merchants traced out the great European trade routes and, before long, the Mediterranean ones. Soon contact with the East, by trade and in the Crusades, and with the highly cultivated Moors (Moor) in Spain further stimulated intellectual life. Arabic renderings of some of the works of Aristotle, together with commentaries, were translated into Latin, exercising a profound influence on the trend of culture. It was inevitable that the world of education would take on a new appearance.

Changes in the schools and philosophies

Monastic schools
      In the first place, the monastic reformers made the decision to close their schools to those who did not intend to enter upon a cloistered life. According to their idea of solitude and sanctity, recalling the words of St. Jerome, “the monk was not made to teach but to mortify himself.” Divine works were to be the only object of study and meditation, and Pierre de Celle asserted that “divine science ought to mould rather than question, to nourish conscience rather than knowledge.”

      The scholarly monks completed their studies before being admitted to the monastery—the age of entrance in Benedictine houses, for instance, being fixed at 15 years at Cîteaux and 20 years at Cluny. If there were admitted a few oblates (who were laymen living in monasteries under modified rules), they were given an ascetic and moral education and were taught to read the Holy Writ and, what was still more desirable, to “relish” it. In the Carthusian monastery the four steps of required spiritual exercise were reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation. Thus, there existed a monastic culture, but there were no truly monastic studies such as those that had existed in the 9th and 10th centuries. The rich libraries of the monasteries served only a few scholarly abbots, while the monks searched for God through prayer and asceticism.

Urban schools
      In the cities, on the contrary, the schools offered to all the clergy who so desired the means of satisfying their intellectual appetite. More and more of them attended these schools, for the studies were a good means of social advancement or material profit. The development of royal and municipal administrations offered the clergy new occupations. Hence the success of the schools for notaries and the schools of law and rhetoric. These schools were organized under the protection of the collegiate churches and the cathedrals. The schools for secular subjects were directed by an archdeacon, chancellor, cantor, or cleric who had received the title of scholasticus, caput scholae, or magister scholarum and who was assisted by one or more auxiliary masters. The success of the urban schools was such that it was necessary, in the middle of the 12th century, to define the teaching function. Only those could teach who were provided with the licencia docendi conferred by the bishop or, more often, by the scholasticus. Those who were licensed taught within the limits of the city or the diocese, whose clerical leaders supervised this monopoly and intervened if a cleric set himself up as master without having the right. The popes were sufficiently concerned about licensing that the Lateran Council of 1179 gave this institution universal application.

New curricula and philosophies
      The pupils who attended these urban schools learned in them their future occupation as clerics; they learned Latin, learned to sing the various offices, and studied Holy Writ. The more gifted ones extended their studies further and applied for admission to the liberal arts (the trivium, made up of grammar, rhetoric, and logic; and the quadrivium, including geometry, arithmetic, harmonics, and astronomy) and, upon completion of the liberal arts, to philosophy. Philosophy had four branches: theoretical, practical, logical, and mechanical. The theoretical was divided into theology, physics, and mathematics; the practical consisted of morals or ethics (personal, economic, political). The logical, which concerned discourse, consisted of the three arts of the trivium. Finally, the mechanical included the work of processing wool, of navigation, of agriculture, of medicine, and so on. This was an ambitious humanistic program. In fact, the students became specialized in the study of one art or another according to their tastes or the presence of a renowned master, such as Guillaume de Champeaux at Paris and St. Victor for rhetoric and theology; Peter Abelard at Paris for dialectic and theology; Bernard de Chartres for grammar; William of Conches at Chartres for grammar, ethics, and medicine; and Thierry de Chartres for rhetoric. In particular, teachers of the “literary” arts, grammar and rhetoric, always had great success in a period of enthusiasm for the ancient authors. It may be noted that Bernard De Chartres organized his literary teaching in this fashion: grammatical explanations (declinatio), studies of authors, and each morning the correction of the exercises given the day before.

      The third art of the trivium, logic (or dialectics (dialectic)), was nevertheless a strong competitor of the other two, grammar and rhetoric. Since the 11th century, Aristotle's Posterior Analytics, which had been translated centuries earlier by Boethius, had developed the taste for reasoning, and, by the time that Abelard arrived in Paris around 1100, interest in dialectics was flourishing. The written words of the Scriptures and of the Fathers of the Church were to be subjected to the scrutiny of human reason; a healthy skepticism was to be the stepping-stone to knowledge, aided by an understanding of critical logic. While dialectic reigned in Paris, the masters at Chartres offered a study of the whole of the quadrivium. This interest in the sciences, which had been manifest at Chartres since the early 11th century, had been favoured by the stimulus of Greco-Arabic translations. The works of Euclid, Ptolemy, Hippocrates, Galen, and other Hellenic and Hellenistic scholars, as preserved in the Arabic manuscripts, were translated in southern Italy, Sicily, and Spain and were gradually transmitted northward. The scientific revival allowed the Chartrians to Christianize Greek cosmology, to explain Genesis according to physics, and to rediscover nature. Another revival was that of law. The conflicts in the second half of the 12th century between the church and the lay powers encouraged on both sides a new activity in the juridical field. The princes found in the Corpus Juris Civilis, the 6th-century Roman code of the emperor Justinian, the means of legitimizing their politics, and the papacy likewise used Roman sources to promote its claims.

Thomist philosophy
      In the long view, the greatest educational and philosophical influence of the age was St. Thomas Aquinas (Aquinas, Thomas, Saint), who in the 13th century made a monumental attempt to reconcile the two great streams of the Western tradition. In his teaching at the University of Paris and in his writings—particularly the Summa theologiae and the Summa contra gentiles—Aquinas tried to synthesize reason and faith, philosophy and theology, university and monastery, activity and contemplation. In his writings, however, faith and theology ultimately took precedence over reason and philosophy because the former were presumed to give access to truths that were not available through rational inquiry. Hence, Aquinas started with assumptions based on divine revelation and went on to a philosophical explication of man and nature. The model of the educated man that emerged from this process was the Scholastic (Scholasticism), a man whose rational intelligence had been vigorously disciplined for the pursuit of moral excellence and whose highest happiness was found in contemplation of the Christian God.

      The Scholastic model greatly affected the development of Western education, especially in fostering the notion of intellectual discipline. Aquinas' theological-philosophical doctrine was a powerful intellectual force throughout the West, being officially adopted by the Dominican order (of which Aquinas was a member) in the 13th century and by the Jesuits in the 17th century. Known as Thomism, this doctrine came to constitute the basis of official Roman Catholic (Roman Catholicism) theology from 1879. Although Aquinas made an important place in his hierarchy of values for the practical uses of reason, later Thomists were often more exclusively intellectual in their educational emphasis.

The development of the universities (university)
      The Middle Ages were thus beset by a multiplicity of ideas, both homegrown and imported from abroad. The multiplicity of students and masters, their rivalries, and the conflicts in which they opposed the religious and civil authorities obliged the world of education to reorganize. To understand the reorganization, one must review the various stages of development in the coming together of students and masters. The first stage, already alluded to, occurred when the bishop or some other authority began to accord to other masters permission to open schools other than the episcopal school in the neighbourhood of his church. A further stage was reached when a license to teach (pedagogy), the jus ubique docendi—granted only after a formal examination—empowered a master to carry on his vocation at any similar centre. A further development came when it began to be recognized that, without a license from pope, emperor, or king, no school could be formed possessing the right of conferring degrees, which originally meant nothing more than licenses to teach.

      Students and teachers, as clerici (“clerks,” or members of the clergy), enjoyed certain privileges and immunities, but, as the numbers traveling to renowned schools increased, they needed additional protection. In 1158 Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa of the Holy Roman Empire granted them privileges such as protection against unjust arrest, trial before their peers, and permission to “dwell in security.” These privileges were subsequently extended and included protection against extortion in financial dealings and the cessatio, or the right to strike, discontinue lectures, and even to secede to protest against grievances or interference with established rights.

      In the north of Europe licenses to teach were granted by the chancellor, scholasticus, or some other officer of a cathedral church; in the south it is probable that the guilds of masters (when these came to be formed) were at first free to grant their own licenses, without any ecclesiastical or other supervision. Gradually, however, toward the end of the 12th century, a few great schools, from the excellence of their teaching, came to assume more than local importance. In practice, a doctor of Paris or Bologna would be allowed to teach anywhere; and those great schools began to be known as studia generalia; that is, places resorted to by scholars from all parts. Eventually the term came to have a more definite and technical significance. The emperor Frederick II in 1225 set the example of attempting to confer upon his new school at Naples, by an authoritative bull, the prestige that the earlier studia had acquired by reputation and general consent. Pope Gregory IX did the same for Toulouse in 1229, and he added to its original privileges in 1233 a bull (bull, papal) by which anyone who had been admitted to the doctorate or mastership in that university should have the right to teach anywhere without further examination. Other studia generalia were subsequently founded by papal or imperial bulls, and in 1292 even the oldest universities, Paris and Bologna, found it desirable to obtain similar bulls from Pope Nicholas IV. From this time the notion began to prevail that the essence of the studium generale was the privilege of conferring a universally valid teaching license and that no new studium could acquire that position without a papal or imperial bull. There were, however, a few studia generalia (such as Oxford) the position of which was too well established to be questioned, even though they had never obtained such a bull; these were held to be studia generalia by repute. A few Spanish universities founded by royal charter were held to be studia generalia for the kingdom.

      The word universitas originally applied only to the scholastic guild (or guilds)—that is, the corporation of students and masters—within the studium, and it was always modified, as universitas magistrorum, or universitas scholarium, or universitas magistrorum et scholarium. In the course of time, however, probably toward the latter part of the 14th century, the term began to be used by itself, with the exclusive meaning of a self-regulating community of teachers and scholars whose corporate existence had been recognized and sanctioned by civil or ecclesiastical authority.

The Italian (Italy) universities
      The earliest studia arose out of efforts to provide instruction beyond the range of the cathedral and monastic schools for the education of priests and monks. Salerno (Salerno, University of), the first great studium, became known as a school of medicine as early as the 9th century, and, under the teaching of Constantine The African (died 1087), its fame spread throughout Europe. In 1231 it was licensed by Frederick II as the only school of medicine in the kingdom of Naples. It remained a medical school (medical education) only.

      The great revival of legal studies (legal education) that took place at Bologna (Bologna, University of) about the year 1000 had been preceded by a corresponding activity at Pavia and Ravenna. In Bologna a certain Pepo was lecturing on parts of the Corpus Juris Civilis about the year 1076. The secular character of this new study and its close connection with the claims and prerogatives of the Western emperor aroused papal suspicion, and for a time Bologna and its students were regarded by the church with distrust. The students found their first real protector in the emperor Frederick I Barbarossa. The immunities and privileges he conferred eventually extended to all the other universities of Italy.

      The first university of Bologna was not constituted until the close of the 11th century—the “universities” there being student guilds, formed to obtain by combination that protection and those rights that they could not claim as citizens. As the number of students increased, the number of universitates, or societies of scholars, increased, each representing the national origin of its members (France, England, Provence, Spain, Italy). These confederations were presided over by a common head, the rector scholarium, and the different nations were represented by their consiliarii, a deliberative assembly with which the rector habitually took counsel. The practice at Bologna was adopted as other studia generalia arose.

      The students at Bologna were mostly of mature years. Because civil law and canon law were, at first, the only branches of study offered, the class they attracted was often composed of lawyers already filling office in some department of the church or state—archdeacons, heads of schools, canons of cathedrals, and like functionaries. About 1200 the two faculties of medicine and philosophy were formed. The former was developed by a succession of able teachers, among whom Thaddeus Alderottus was especially eminent. The faculty of arts, down to the 14th century, scarcely attained equal eminence.

      At Bologna the term college long had a different meaning from the ordinary modern one. The masters formed themselves into collegia (that is, organizations), chiefly for the conferment of degrees. Places of residence for students existed at Bologna at a very early date, but it was not until the 14th century that they possessed any organization; the humble domus, as it was termed, was at first designed solely for necessitous students who were not natives of Bologna; a separate house, with a fund for the maintenance of a specified number of scholars, was all that was originally contemplated.

      From the 13th to the 15th century a number of universities in Italy originated from migrations of students; others were established by papal or other charters. Almost all the schools taught civil or canon law or both. Of these institutions the most important were Padua, Piacenza, Pavia, Rome, Perugia, Pisa, Florence, Siena, and Turin.

The French (France) universities
      The history of the University of Paris (Paris I–XIII, Universities of) well illustrates the fact that the universities arose in response to new needs. The schools out of which the university arose were those attached to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris on the Île de la Cité and presided over by its chancellor. Although, in the second decade of the 13th century, some masters placed themselves under the jurisdiction of the abbot of the monastery of Sainte-Geneviève on the Left Bank of the Seine, it was around the bestowal of the license by the chancellor of Notre-Dame (Notre-Dame de Paris) that the university grew. It is in this license that the whole significance of the master of arts degree was contained; for admission to that degree was the receiving of the chancellor's permission to “incept”; and by “inception” was implied the master's formal entrance upon the functions of a duly licensed teacher and his recognition as such by his brethren in the profession. The stage of bachelordom had been one of apprenticeship for the mastership; and his emancipation from this state was symbolized by the placing of the magisterial cap (biretta) upon his head. The new master gave a formal inaugural lecture, and he was then welcomed into the society of his professional brethren with set speeches and took his seat in his master's chair.

      Some time between 1150 and 1170 the University of Paris came formally into being. Its first written statutes were not, however, compiled until about 1208, and it was not until long after that date that it possessed a “rector.” Its earliest recognition as a legal corporation belongs to about the year 1211, when a brief of Innocent III empowered it to elect a proctor to be its representative at the papal court. With papal support Paris became the great transalpine centre of orthodox theological teaching. Successive pontiffs, down to the Great Schism of 1378, cultivated friendly relations with the university and systematically discouraged the formation of theological faculties at other centres. In 1231 Gregory IX, in the bull Parens scientiarum (“Mother of Learning”), gave full recognition to the right of the several faculties to regulate and modify the constitution of the university. The fully developed university was divided into four faculties: three superior, those of theology, canon law, and medicine; and one inferior, that of arts, which was divided into four student confederations, or nations (French, Picard, Norman, and English), which included both professors and scholars from the respective countries. The head of each faculty was the dean; of each nation, the proctor. The rector, in the first instance head of the faculty of arts, eventually became the head of the collective university.

      After the close of the Middle Ages, Paris came to be virtually reduced to a federation of colleges, though at Paris the colleges were less independent of university authority than was often the case elsewhere. Other major French universities of the Middle Ages were Montpellier, Toulouse, Orléans, Angers, Avignon, Cahors, Grenoble, Orange, and Perpignan.

The English universities
      The University of Paris became the model for French universities north of the Loire and for those of central Europe and England; (England) Oxford (Oxford, University of) would appear to have been the earliest. Certain schools, opened early in the 12th century within the precincts of the dissolved nunnery of St. Frideswide and of Oseney Abbey, are supposed to have been the nucleus around which it grew. But the beginning may have been a migration of English students from Paris about 1167 or 1168. Immediately after 1168, allusions to Oxford as a studium and a studium generale begin to multiply. In the 13th century, mention first occurs of university “chests,” which were benefactions designed for the assistance of poor students. Halls, or places of licensed residence for students, also began to be established. Against periodic vicissitudes such as student dispersions and plagues, the foundation of colleges proved the most effective remedy. The earliest colleges were University College, founded in 1249, Balliol College, founded about 1263, and Merton College, founded in 1264.

      The University of Cambridge (Cambridge, University of), although it came into existence somewhat later than Oxford, may reasonably be held to have had its origin in the same century. In 1112 the canons of St. Giles crossed the River Cam and took up their residence in the new priory in Barnwell, and their work of instruction acquired additional importance. In 1209 a body of students migrated there from Oxford. Then about 1224 the Franciscans established themselves in the town and, somewhat less than half a century later, were followed by the Dominicans. At both the English universities, as at Paris, the mendicants and other religious orders were admitted to degrees, a privilege that, until the year 1337, was extended to them at no other university. Their interest in and influence at these three centres were consequently proportionately great.

      In 1231 and 1233 royal and papal letters afford satisfactory proof that the University of Cambridge was already an organized body, with a chancellor at its head.

      Although both Oxford and Cambridge were modeled on Paris, their higher faculties never developed the same distinct organization; and, while the two proctors at Cambridge originally represented north and south, the nations are scarcely to be discerned. An important step was made, however, in 1276, when an ordinance was passed requiring that everyone who claimed to be recognized as a scholar should have a fixed master within 15 days after his entry into the university. The traditional constitution of the English universities was, in its origin, an imitation of the Parisian, modified by the absence of the cathedral chancellor. But the feature that most served to give permanence and cohesion to the entire community at Cambridge was, as at Oxford, the institution of colleges. The earliest of these was Peterhouse, in 1284. All the early colleges were expressly designed for the benefit of the secular clergy.

Universities elsewhere in Europe
      From the 13th to the 15th centuries, studia generalia or universities proliferated in central and northern Europe and were usually modeled on the University of Paris. Although the earliest was Prague, which existed as a studium in the 13th century and was chartered by Pope Clement VI in 1348, perhaps no medieval university achieved a more rapid and permanent success than Heidelberg. The University of Heidelberg (Heidelberg, University of), the oldest in the German realm, received its charter in 1386 from Pope Urban VI as a studium generale and contained all the recognized faculties—theology, canon law, medicine, and the arts, as well as civil law. In the subsequent 100 years, universities were founded at Cologne, Erfurt, Leipzig, Rostock, Freiburg, Tübingen, Ofen (Budapest), Basel, Uppsala, and Copenhagen.

       Spain was also an important scene of developments in higher education. Valladolid (Valladolid, University of) received its charter in 1346 and attained great celebrity after it obtained the rank of studium generale and a universitas theologiae by a decree of Pope Martin V in 1418. Salamanca (Salamanca, University of) was founded in 1243 by Ferdinand III of Castile with faculties of arts, medicine, and jurisprudence, to which theology was added through the efforts of Martin V. The College of St. Bartholomew, the earliest founded at Salamanca, was noted for its ancient library and valuable collection of manuscripts. Other important early Spanish and Portuguese schools were Sevilla, Alcalá, and Lisbon.

General characteristics of medieval universities
      Generally speaking, the medieval universities were conservative. Alexander Hegius and Rudolf Agricola carried on their work as reformers at places such as Deventer, in the Netherlands, remote from university influences. A considerable amount of mental activity went on in the universities; but it was mostly of the kind that, while giving rise to endless controversy, turned upon questions in connection with which the implied postulates and the terminology employed rendered all scientific investigation hopeless. At almost every university the realists and nominalists represented two great parties occupied with an internecine struggle.

      In Italian (Italy) universities such controversies were considered endless and their effects pernicious. It was resolved, accordingly, to expel logic and allow its place to be filled by rhetoric, thereby effecting that important revolution in academic studies that constituted a new era in university learning and largely helped to pave the way for the Renaissance. The professorial body in the great Italian universities attained an almost unrivaled reputation throughout Europe. For each subject of importance there were always two, and sometimes three, rival chairs. While other universities became sectarian and local, those of Italy continued to be universal, and foreigners of all nations could be found among the professors.

      The material life of the students was difficult. In order to aid the poorest, some colleges founded by clerical or lay benefactors offered board and lodging to a number of foundationers. Courses, too, could occasionally be difficult. The courses in theology were particularly long—eight years at the minimum (one could not be a teacher of theology in Paris before the age of 35). Many students preferred the more rapid and more lucrative paths of law and medicine. Others led the life of perpetual students, of vagabond clerics, disputatious goliards, the objects of repeated but ineffectual condemnation.

      The methods of teaching (pedagogy) are particularly well known in the case of Paris. The university year was divided into two terms: from St. Remi (October 1) to Lent and from Easter to St. Pierre (June 29). The courses consisted of lectures (collatio) but more often of explications of texts (lectio). There were also discussions and question periods. Examinations were given at the end of each term. The student could receive three degrees: the determinatio, or baccalaureate, gave him the right to teach under the supervision of a master; the licencia docendi was literally the “license to teach” and could be obtained at 21 years of age; then there was the doctorate, which marked his entrance into mastership and which involved a public examination.

Lay education and the lower schools
      The founding of universities was naturally accompanied by a corresponding increase in schools of various kinds. In most parts of western Europe, there were soon grammar schools of some type available for boys. Not only were there grammar schools at cathedrals and collegiate churches, but many others were founded in connection with chantries and craft and merchant guilds and a few in connection with hospitals. It has been estimated, for example, that, toward the close of the Middle Ages, there were in England and Wales, for a population of about 2.5 million, approximately 400 grammar schools, although the number of their enrollments was generally quite small.

      In fulfillment of its responsibility for education, the church (Roman Catholicism) from the 11th century onward made the establishment of an effective education system a central feature of ecclesiastical policy. During the papacy of Gregory VII (Gregory VII, Saint) (1073–85), all bishops had been asked to see that the art of grammar was taught in their churches, and a Lateran Council in 1215 decreed that grammar-school masters should be appointed not only in the cathedral church but also in others that could afford it. Solicitude at the centre for the advancement of education did not, however, result in centralized administration. It was the duty of bishops to carry out approved policy, but it was left to them to administer it, and they in turn allowed schools a large measure of autonomy. Such freedom as medieval schools enjoyed was, however, always subject to the absolute authority of the church, and the right to teach, as earlier noted, was restricted to those who held a bishop's license. This device was used to ensure that all teachers were loyal to the doctrines of the church.

      Knowledge of the teaching provided in the grammar schools at this period is too slight to justify an attempt at a description. No doubt the curriculum varied, but religion was all-important, with Latin as a written and spoken language the other major element in the timetable. There might have been instruction in reading and writing in the vernacular, but, in addition to the grammar schools, there were writing and song schools and other schools of an elementary type. Elementary teaching was given in many churches and priests' houses, and children who did not receive formal scholastic instruction were given oral teaching by parish priests in the doctrines and duties of the faith. The evidence of accounts, bills, inventories, and the like suggests that there was some careful teaching of writing and of an arithmetic that covered the practical calculations required in ordinary life. Literacy, however, was limited by the lack of printed materials; until the 15th century (when typesetting developed) books (book) were laboriously cut page by page on blocks (hence they were known as block books) and consequently were rare and expensive. From the mid-15th century on, literacy increased as typeset books became more widely available.

      Educational provision for girls in medieval society was much more restricted. Wealthy families made some provision in the home, but the emphasis was primarily on piety and secondarily on skills of household management, along with artistic “accomplishments.” Neither girls nor boys of the lowest social ranks—peasants or unskilled urban dwellers—were likely to be literate. Nor were girls of the artisan classes until the 16th century, when female teaching congregations such as the Ursulines founded by Angela Merici began to appear. There were, however, provisions for boys of the artisan class to receive sufficient vernacular schooling to enable them to be apprenticed to various trades under the auspices of the guilds.

      There was an entirely different training for boys of high rank, and this created a cultural cleavage (feudalism). Instead of attending the grammar school and proceeding to a university, these boys served as pages (page) and then as squires in the halls and castles of the nobility, there receiving prolonged instruction in chivalry. The training was designed to fit the noble youth to become a worthy knight, a just and prudent master, and a sensible manager of an estate. Much of this knowledge was gained from daily experience in the household, but, in addition, the page received direct instruction in reading and writing, courtly pastimes such as chess and playing the lute, singing and making verses, the rules and usages of courtesy, and the knightly conception of duty. As a squire he practiced more assiduously the knightly exercises of war and peace and acquired useful experience in leadership by managing large and small bodies of men. But this was a type of education that could flourish only in a feudal society; and, though some of its ideals survived, it was outmoded when feudalism was undermined by the growth of national feeling.

Pierre Riché James Bowen

Education in Asian civilizations: c. 700 to the eve of Western influence

      During its medieval period, India was ruled by dynasties of Muslim (Islāmic world) culture and religion. Muslims from Arabia first appeared in the country in the 8th century, but the foundation of their rule was laid much later by Muḥammad Ghūri, who established his power at Delhi in 1192. The original Muslim rule was replaced successively by that of the Muslim Pashtuns and Mughals.

The foundations of Muslim education
      Muslim educational institutions were of two types—a maktab, or elementary (elementary education) school, and a madrasah, or institution of higher (higher education) learning. The content of education imparted in these schools was not the same throughout the country. It was, however, necessary for every Muslim boy at least to attend a maktab and to learn the necessary portions of the Qurʾān required for daily prayers. The curriculum in the madrasah comprised Ḥadīth (the study of Muslim traditions), jurisprudence, literature, logic and philosophy, and prosody. Later on, the scope of the curriculum was widened, and such subjects as history, economics, mathematics, astronomy, and even medicine and agriculture were added. Generally, all the subjects were not taught in every institution. Selected madrasahs imparted postgraduate instruction, and a number of towns—Āgra, Badaun, Bīdar, Gulbarga, Delhi, Jaunpur, and a few others—developed into university centres to which students flocked for study under renowned scholars. The sultans and amirs of Delhi and the Muslim rulers and nobles in the provinces also extended patronage to Persian scholars who came from other parts of Asia under the pressure of Mongol inroads. Delhi vied with Baghdad and Córdoba as an important centre of Islāmic culture. Indian languages also received some attention. The Muslim rulers of Bengal, for example, engaged scholars to translate the Hindu classics, the Rāmāyaṇa and the Mahābhārata, into Bengali.

      Under the Pathan Lodis (Lodī dynasty), a dynasty of Afghan foreigners (1451–1526), the education of the Hindus was not only neglected but was often adversely affected in newly conquered territories. The rulers generally tolerated Sanskrit and vernacular schools already in existence but did not help the existing ones with money or build new ones. At early stages, the maktabs and madrasahs were attended by Muslims only. Later, when Hindus were allowed into high administrative positions, Hindu children began to receive Persian education in Muslim schools.

The Mughal period
      The credit for organizing education on a systematic basis goes to Akbar (lived 1542–1605), a contemporary of Queen Elizabeth I of England and undoubtedly the greatest of Mughal (Mughal Dynasty) emperors. He treated all his subjects alike and opened a large number of schools and colleges for Muslims as well as for Hindus throughout his empire. He also introduced a few curricular changes, based on students' individual needs and the practical necessities of life. The scope of the curriculum was so widened as to enable every student to receive education according to his religion and views of life. The adoption of Persian (Persian language) as the court language gave further encouragement to the Hindus and the Muslims to study Persian.

      Akbar's policy was continued by his successors Jahāngīr and Shāh Jahān. But his great-grandson Aurangzeb (1618–1707) changed his policy with regard to the education of the Hindus. In April 1669, for instance, he ordered the provincial governors to destroy Hindu schools and temples within their jurisdiction; and, at the same time, he supported Muslim education with a certain religious fanaticism. After his death, the glory of the Mughal empire began gradually to vanish, and the whole country was overrun by warlords.

      During the Mughal period, girls received their education at home or in the house of some teacher living in close proximity. There were special arrangements for the education of the ladies of the royal household, and some of the princesses were distinguished scholars. Vocational education was imparted through a system of apprenticeship either in the house of ustāds (teachers) or in kārkhānahs (manufacturing centres).

      Muslim rulers of India were also great patrons of literature and gave considerable impetus to its development. Akbar ordered various Hindu classics and histories translated into Persian. In addition, a number of Greek and Arabic works were translated into Persian. Literary activities did not entirely cease even in the troubled days of later rulers. Men of letters were patronized by such emperors as Bahādur Shāh and Muḥammad Shāh and by various regional officials and landlords.

      Such is the history of Muslim education in India. It resembles ancient Indian education to a great extent: instruction was free; the relation between the teachers and the taught was cordial; there were great centres of learning; the monitorial system was used; and people were preoccupied with theology and the conduct of life. There were, however, several distinctive features of Muslim education. First, education was democratized. As in mosques, so in a maktab or madrasah, all were equal, and the principle was established that the poor should also be educated. Second, Muslim rule influenced the system of elementary education of the Hindus, which had to accommodate itself to changed circumstances by adopting a new method of teaching and by using textbooks full of Persian terms and references to Muslim usages. Third, the Muslim period brought in many cultural influences from abroad. The courses of studies were both widened and brought under a humanistic influence. Finally, Muslim rule produced a cross-cultural influence in the country through the establishment of an educational system in which Hindus and Muslims could study side by side and in which there would be compulsory education in Persian, cultivation of Sanskrit and Hindi, and translation of great classics of literature into different languages. Ultimately, it led to the development of a common medium of expression, Urdu (Urdu language).

      Education in the Muslim era was not a concerted and planned activity but a voluntary and spontaneous growth. There was no separate administration of education, and state aid was sporadic and unsteady. Education was supported by charitable endowments and by lavish provision for the students in a madrasah or in a monastery.

      The Muslim system, however, proved ultimately harmful. In the early stages genuine love of learning attracted students to the cultural centres, but later on “the bees that flocked there were preeminently drones.” The whole system became stagnant and stereotyped as soon as cultural communication was cut off from the outside world because of political disturbances and internecine wars. The Indian teachers were reduced to dependence on their own resources, and a hardening tradition that became increasingly unreceptive to new ideas reduced the whole process to mere routine.

S.N. Mukerji

The Tang dynasty (AD 618–907)
      The Tang was one of China's greatest dynasties, marked by military power, political stability, economic prosperity, and advance in art, literature, and education. It was an age in which Buddhist scholarship won recognition and respect for its originality and high intellectual quality and in which China superseded India as the land from which Buddhism was to spread to other countries in East Asia.

      The Tang was known for its literature and art and has been called the golden age of Chinese poetry. There were thousands of poets of note who left a cultural legacy unsurpassed in subsequent periods and even in other lands. Prose writers also flourished, as did artists whose paintings reflected the influences of Buddhism and Daoism.

      One of the greatest gifts of China to the world was the invention of printing. Block printing was invented in the 8th century and movable type in the 11th century. The first book printed from blocks was a Buddhist sutra, or set of precepts, in 868. Printing met the demand created by the increase in the output of literature and by the regularized civil service examination system. It also met the popular demand for Buddhist and Daoist prayers and charms. One historian (Kenneth Scott Latourette) noted that “as late as the close of the eighteenth century the [Chinese] Empire possibly contained more printed books than all the rest of the world put together.”

      Education in the Tang dynasty was under the dominant influence of Confucianism, notwithstanding the fact that Buddhism and Daoism both received imperial favours. A national academic examination system was firmly established, and officials were selected on the basis of civil service examinations. But Confucianism did not dominate to the extent of excluding other schools of thought and scholarship. Renowned scholars were known to spurn public office because they were not satisfied with a narrow interpretation of Confucianism. Artists and poets were, in general, rebellious against traditional Confucianism.

      An emperor in the 5th century ordered the establishment of a “School of Occult Studies” along with the more commonly accepted schools of Confucian learning. It was devoted to the study of Buddhism and Daoism and occult subjects that transcended the practical affairs of government and society. Such schools were often carried on by the private effort of scholars who served as tutors for interested followers.

      The schools of Tang were well organized and systematized. There were schools under the central government, others under local management, and private schools of different kinds. Public schools were maintained in each prefecture, district, town, and village. In the capital were “colleges” of mathematics, law, and calligraphy, as well as those for classical study. There was also a medical school.

      Semiprivate schools formed by famous scholars gave lectures and tutelage to students numbering in the hundreds. Students from Korea and Japan came to study in China and took back the lunar calendar and the Buddhist sects, as well as the examination system and the Confucian theories of government and social life. Chinese culture also penetrated Indochina.

      The examination system was at this time given the form that remained essentially unchanged until the 20th century. Examinations were held on different levels, and for each a corresponding academic degree was specified. Interestingly, there was provision for three degrees, not unlike the bachelor's, master's, and doctor's degrees of modern times. The first degree was the xiucai (“cultivated talent”), the second the mingjing (“understanding the classics”), and the third the jinshi (“advanced scholar”). The name of the second degree was in later periods changed to juren (“recommended man”). An academy of scholars later known as the Hanlin Academy was established for select scholars whom the emperor could call upon for advice and expert opinion on various subjects. Membership in this institution became the highest honour that could be conferred upon those who passed the jinshi degree with distinction. To be appointed a Hanlin scholar was to be recognized as one of the top scholars of the land. Among the services that they rendered were the administration and supervision of examinations and the explanation of difficult texts in literature, classics, and philosophy.

      Examinations were given for students of medicine (medical education) and for military degrees. The study of medicine included acupuncture and massage, as well as the treatment of general diseases of the body and those of eye, ear, throat, and teeth.

The Song (Song dynasty) (960–1279)
      The Song was another dynasty of cultural brilliance. Landscape painting approached perfection, and cultural achievement was stimulated by the invention of movable type (first made of earthenware, then of wood and metal). This advance from the older method of block printing led to the multiplication of books; the printing of a complete set of the classics was a boon to literary studies in schools.

      The rulers of Song were receptive to new ideas and innovative policies. The outstanding innovator of the dynasty was Wang Anshi, prime minister from 1068 to 1076. He introduced a comprehensive program of reform that included important changes in education; more emphasis was subsequently placed on the study of current problems and political economy.

      Wang's reforms met with opposition from conservatives. The controversy was only a phase of a deeper and more far-reaching intellectual debate that made the philosophical contributions of the Song scholars as significant as those of the Hundred Schools in the Zhou dynasty over a millennium earlier. Confucianism and the dominant mode of Chinese thinking had been subject to the challenge of ideas from legalism, Daoism, and Buddhism, and, despite the resistance of conservatives, the traditional views had to be modified. Outstanding Confucian scholars of conservative bent argued vigorously with aggressive proponents of new concepts of man, of knowledge, and of the universe. The result was Neo-Confucianism, or what some prefer to call rational philosophy. The most eminent Neo-Confucianist was Zhu Xi, a Confucian scholar who had studied Daoism and Buddhism. His genius lay in his ability to synthesize ideas from a fresh point of view. Song scholars distinguished themselves in other fields, too. Sima Guang's (Sima Guang) Zizhi tongjian (“Comprehensive Mirror for Aid in Government”) was a history of China from the 5th century BC to the 10th century AD. The result of 20 years of painstaking research, it consisted of 1,000 chapters prepared under imperial direction. A volume on architecture was produced that is still used today as a basic reference work, and a treatise on botany contained the most ancient record of varieties of citrus fruits then known in China. No less worthy of mention is an encyclopaedia titled Taiping yulan.

      The general pattern of the school system remained essentially the same, with provision for lower schools, higher schools, and technical schools, but there was a broadening of the curriculum. A noteworthy development was the rise of a semiprivate institution known as the shuyuan, or academy. With financial support coming from both state grants and private contributions, these academies were managed by noted scholars of the day and attracted many students and lecturers. Often located in mountain retreats or in the woods, they symbolized the influence of Daoism and Buddhism and a desire to pursue quiet study far away from possible government interference.

The Mongol (Yuan dynasty) period (1206–1368)
      The Mongols were ferocious fighters but inept administrators. Distrustful of the Chinese, they enlisted the services of many nationalities and employed non-Chinese aliens. To facilitate the employment of these aliens, the civil service examinations were suspended for a number of years. Later, when a modified form of examinations was in effect, there were special examinations for Mongol candidates to make sure of their admission into high offices.

      The Mongols despised the Chinese and placed many limitations on them. Consequently, an aftermath of Mongol rule was a strong antiforeign reaction on the part of the Chinese, accompanied by an overanxious desire to preserve the Chinese heritage.

      Despite the setback in Chinese culture under Mongol rule, the period was not devoid of positive cultural development. The increase in foreign contacts as a result of travel to and from China brought new ideas and new knowledge of other lands and other peoples. Mathematics and medicine were further influenced by new ideas from abroad. The classics were translated into the Mongol language, and the Mongol language was taught in schools.

      Private schools and the academies of the Song dynasty became more popular. As a result of a decrease in opportunities for government appointment, scholars withdrew into the provinces for study and tutoring. Relieved of the pressure of preparing for the examinations, they applied their talents to the less formal but more popular arts and literary forms, including the drama and the novel. Instead of the classical form, they used the vernacular, or the spoken, language. The significance of this development was not evident until the 20th century, when a “literary revolution” popularized the vernacular tongue.

The Ming period (1368–1644)
      The Ming dynasty restored Chinese rule. Ming was famous for its ceramics and architecture. There were excellent painters, too, but they were at best the disciples of the Tang and Song masters. The outstanding intellectual contribution of the period was the novel, whose development was spurred by increases in literacy and in the demand for reading materials. Ming novels are today recognized as masterpieces of popular vernacular literature. Also of note was the compilation of Pencao kangmu (“Great Pharmacopoeia”), a valuable volume on herbs and medicine that was the fruit of 26 years of labour.

      Of considerable scholarly and educational importance was the Yongle dadian (“The Great Canon of the Yongle Era”), which marked a high point in the Chinese encyclopaedic (encyclopaedia) movement. It was a gigantic work resulting from the painstaking efforts of 2,000 scholars over a period of five years. It ran into more than 11,000 volumes, too costly to print, and only two extra copies were made.

      The examination system (Chinese civil service) remained basically the same. In the early period of the dynasty, the schools were systematized and regularized. In the latter part of the dynasty, however, the increasing importance of the examination system relegated the schools to a secondary position. The decline of the state-supported schools stimulated the further growth of private education.

The Manchu (Qing dynasty) period (1644–1911/12)
      Except for two capable emperors, who ruled for a span of 135 years at the beginning, the Manchu dynasty was weak and undistinguished. Under Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong, learning flourished, but there was little originality. The alien Manchu rulers concentrated on the preservation of what seemed best for stability and the maintenance of the status quo. They wanted new editions of classical and literary works, not creative contributions to scholarship.

      Distrust of the Chinese by the Manchus and a feeling of insecurity caused the conquerors to erect barriers between themselves and the Chinese (Chinese civil service). The discriminatory policy was expressed in the administration of the examinations. To assure the appointment of Manchus to government posts, equal quotas were set aside for the Manchus and the Chinese, although the former constituted only about 3 percent of the population. The Chinese thus faced the keenest competition in the examinations, and those who passed tended to be brilliant intellects, whereas the Manchus could be assured of success without great effort.

      Schools were encouraged and regulated during the early period of the dynasty. The public school system consisted of schools for nobles, national schools, and provincial schools. Separate schools were maintained for the Manchus, and, for their benefit, Chinese books were translated into the Manchu language. Village and charitable schools were supported by public funds, but they were neglected in later years; so that, by the end of the dynasty, private schools and tutoring had overshadowed them.

      At the threshold of the modern era, China had sunk into political weakness and intellectual stagnation. The creativity and originality that had brightened previous periods of history were now absent. Examinations dominated the educational scene, and the content of the examinations was largely literary and classical. Daoism and Buddhism had lost their intellectual vigour, and Confucianism became the unchallenged model of scholarship.

      Much could be said for the Chinese examination system at its best. It was instrumental in establishing an intellectual aristocracy whereby the nation could be sure of a cultural unity by entrusting government to scholars reared in a common tradition, nurtured in a common cultural heritage, and dedicated to common ideals of political and social life. It established a tradition of government by civilians and by scholars. It made the scholars the most highly esteemed people of the land. The examinations provided an open road to fame and position. Chinese society was not without classes, but there was a high degree of social mobility, and education provided the opportunity for raising one's position and status. There were no rigid prerequisites and no age limits for taking the examinations. Selection was rigorous, but the examinations were, on the whole, administered with fairness. The names of the candidates did not appear on the examination papers, and the candidates were not permitted to have any outside contacts while writing them.

      Nevertheless, the system had serious drawbacks. The content of the examinations became more and more limited in scope. The Confucianist classics constituted the core, and a narrow and rigid interpretation prevailed. In early times, Chinese education was broad and liberal, but, by the 19th century, art, music, and science had been dropped on the wayside; even arithmetic was not accorded the same importance as reading and writing. Modern science and technology were completely neglected.

      After alien rule by the Mongols the Chinese were obsessed with restoring their heritage; they avoided deviating from established forms and views. This conservatism was accentuated under Manchu rule and resulted in sterility and stagnation. The creativity and original spirit of classical education was lost. The narrow curriculum was far removed from the pressing problems and changing needs of the 19th century.

Theodore Hsi-en Chen

The ancient period to the 12th century
      The Japanese nation seems to have formed a unified ancient state in the 4th century AD. Society at that time was composed of shizoku, or clans, each of which served the chōtei (“the imperial court”) with its specialized skill or vocation. People sustained themselves by engaging in agriculture, hunting, and fishing, and the chief problem of education was how to convey the knowledge of these activities and provide instruction in the skills useful for these occupations.

      The influence of the civilizations of China and India had a profound effect on both the spiritual life and the education of the Japanese. Toward the 6th century the assimilation of Chinese civilization became more and more rapid, particularly as a result of the spread of Confucianism. Buddhism was also an important intellectual and spiritual influence. Originating in India and then spreading to China, Buddhism was transmitted to Japan through the Korean peninsula in the mid-6th century.

      A monarchic state system with an emperor as its head was established following a coup d'état in 645. The subsequent Taika (Taika era reforms) (Great Reform) era saw the beginning of many new institutions, most of which were primarily imitations of institutions of the Tang dynasty of China. In the field of education, a daigakuryō, or college house, was established in the capital, and kokugaku, or provincial schools, were built in the provinces. Their chief aim was to train government officials. The early curriculum was almost identical to that of the Tang dynasty of China but by the 8th and 9th centuries had been modified considerably to meet internal conditions, particularly as regards the educational needs of the nobility.

      Through the Nara (Nara period) and the Heian (Heian period) eras (8th to 12th century), the nobility (kuge) constituted the ruling class, and learning and culture were the concern primarily of the kuge and the Buddhist monks. The kuge lived an artistic life, so that the emphasis of education came to be placed on poetry, music, and calligraphy. Teaching in the daigakuryō gradually shifted in emphasis from Confucianism to literature, since the kuge set a higher value on artistic refinement than on more spiritual endeavours. Apart from the daigakuryō, other institutions were established in which families of influential clans lodged and developed their intellectual lives.

The feudal period (1192–1867)

Education of the warriors
      Toward the mid-12th century political power passed from the nobility to the buke, or warrior, class. The ensuing feudal period in Japan dates from the year 1192 (the establishment of the Kamakura shogunate) to 1867 (the decline of the Tokugawa shogunate).

      The warrior's way of life was quite unlike that of the nobility, and the aims and content of education in the warrior's society inevitably differed. The warrior had constantly to practice military arts, hardening his body and training his will. Education was based on military training, and a culture characteristic of warriors began to flourish. Some emphasis, though, was placed on spiritual instruction. The warrior society, founded on firm master–servant relations and centring on the philosophy of Japanese family structure, set the highest value on family reputation and on genealogies. Furthermore, because the military arts proved insufficient to enable warriors to grasp political power and thereby maintain their ruling position, there arose a philosophy of bumbu-kembi, which asserted the desirability of being proficient in both literary and military arts. Thus, the children of warriors attended temples (temple) and rigorously trained their minds and wills. Reading and writing were the main subjects.

      Temples were the centres of culture and learning and can be said to have been equivalent to universities, in that they provided a meeting place for scholars and students. Education in the temple, originally aimed at instructing novitiates, gradually changed its character, eventually providing education for children not destined to be monks. Thus, the temples functioned as institutions of primary education.

Education in the Tokugawa (Tokugawa period) era
      In 1603 a shogunate was established by a warrior, Tokugawa Ieyasu, in the city of Edo (present Tokyo). The period thence to the year 1867, the Tokugawa, or Edo, era, constitutes the later feudal period in Japan. This era, though also dominated by warriors, differed from former ones in that internal disturbances finally ended and long-enduring peace ensued. There emerged a merchant class that developed a flourishing commoner's culture. Schools for commoners thus were established.

      Representative of such schools were the terakoya (temple schools), deriving from the earlier education in the temple. As time passed, some terakoya used parts of private homes as classrooms. Designed to be one of the private schools, or shijuku, the terakoya developed rapidly in the latter half of the Tokugawa era, flourishing in most towns and villages. Toward the end of the era they assumed the characteristics of the modern primary school, with emphasis on reading, writing, and arithmetic. Other shijuku, emphasizing Chinese, Dutch, and national studies, as well as practical arts, contributed to the diversification of learning and permitted students with different class and geographic backgrounds to pursue learning under the guidance of the same teacher. Their curricula were free from official control.

      The shogunate established schools to promote Confucianism, which provided the moral training for upper-class samurai that was essential for maintaining the ideology of the feudal regime. Han, or feudal domains, following the same policy, built hankō, or domain schools, in their castle towns for the education of their own retainers.

      The officially run schools for the samurai were at the apex of the educational system in the Tokugawa era. The Confucian Academy, which was known as the Shōheikō and was administered directly by the shogunate, became a model for hankō throughout Japan. The hankō gradually spread after about 1750, so that by the end of the era they numbered over 200.

      The curriculum in the hankō consisted chiefly of kangaku (the study of books written in Chinese) and, above all, of Confucianism. Classics of Confucianism, historical works, and anthologies of Chinese poems were used as textbooks. Brush writing, kokugaku (study of thought originating in Japan), and medicine were also included. Later, in the last days of the shogunate, yōgaku, or Western learning, including Western medicine, was added in several institutions.

      Both hankō for samurai and terakoya for commoners were the typical schools after the middle of the Tokugawa era. Also to be found, however, were gōgaku, or provincial schools, for samurai as well as commoners. They were founded at places of strategic importance by the feudal domain.

      The various shijuku became centres of interaction among students from different domains when such close contact among residents of different areas was prohibited. They served as centres of learning and dialogue for many of those who later constituted the political leadership responsible for the Meiji Restoration of 1868.

Effect of early Western contacts
      The Europeans who first arrived in Japan were the Portuguese, in 1543. In 1549 the Jesuit Francis Xavier visited Japan, and, for the first time, the propagation of Christianity began. Many missionaries began to arrive, Christian schools were built, and European civilization was actively introduced.

      In 1633 the shogunate, in apprehension of further Christian infiltration of Japan, banned foreign travel and prohibited the return of overseas Japanese. Further, in 1639, the shogunate banned visits by Europeans. This was the so-called sakoku, or period of national isolation. From that time on Christianity was strictly forbidden, and international trade was conducted with only the Chinese and the Dutch. Because contact with Europeans was restricted to the Dutch, Western studies developed as rangaku, or learning through the Dutch language.

      It is noteworthy that the Tokugawa period laid the foundation of modern Japanese learning. As a result of the development of hankō and terakoya, Japanese culture and education had developed to such an extent that Japan was able to absorb Western influences and attain modernization at a remarkably rapid pace after the Meiji Restoration.

Arata Naka Nobuo Shimahara

European Renaissance and Reformation

The channels of development in Renaissance education
The Muslim influence
      Western civilization was profoundly influenced by the rapid rise and expansion of Islām (Islāmic world) from the 7th until the 15th century. By 732, 100 years after the death of Muḥammad, Islām had expanded from western Asia throughout all of northern Africa, across the straits of Gibraltar into Spain, and into France, reaching Tours, halfway from the Pyrenees to Paris. Muslim Spain rapidly became one of the most advanced civilizations of the period, where much of the learning of the past—Oriental, Greek, and Roman—was preserved and further developed. In particular, Greek and Latin scholarship was collected in great libraries in the splendid cities of Córdoba, Sevilla (Seville), Granada, and Toledo, which became major centres of advanced scholarship, especially in the practical arts of medicine and architecture.

      Inevitably, scholarship in the adjacent Frankish, and subsequent French (France), kingdom was influenced, leading to a revitalization of western Christian scholarship, which had long been dormant as a result of the barbarian migrations. The doctrines of Aristotle, which had been assiduously cultivated by the Muslims, were especially influential for their emphasis on the role of reason in human affairs and on the importance of the study of humankind in the present, as distinct from the earlier Christian preoccupation with the cultivation of faith as essential for the future life. Thus, Muslim learning helped to usher in the new phase in education known as humanism, which first took definite form in the 12th century.

The secular (secularism) influence
      The word humanism comes from studia humanitatis (“studies of humanity”). Toward the end of the Middle Ages there was a renewed interest in those studies that stressed the importance of man, his faculties, affairs, worldly aspirations, and well-being. The primacy of theology and otherworldliness was over; the reductio artium ad theologiam (freely, “reducing everything to theological argument”) was rejected since it no longer expressed the reality of the new situation that was developing in Europe, particularly in Italy. Society had been profoundly transformed, commerce had expanded, and life in the cities had evolved. Economic and political power, previously in the hands of the ecclesiastical hierarchy and the feudal lords, was beginning to be taken over by the city burghers. Use of the vernacular languages was becoming widespread. The new society needed another kind of education and different educational structures; the burghers required new instruments with which to express themselves and found the old medieval universities inadequate.

      The educational institutions of humanism had their origin in the schools set up in the free cities in the late 13th and the 14th centuries—schools designed to answer to the needs of the new urban population that was beginning to have greater economic importance in society. The pedagogical (pedagogy) thought of the humanists took these transformations of society into account and worked out new theories that often went back to the classical Greek and Latin traditions; it was not, however, a servile imitation of the pedagogical thought and institutions of the classical world.

      The Renaissance of the classical world and the educational movements it gave rise to were variously expressed in different parts of Europe and at various times from the 14th to the 17th century; there was a connecting thread, but there were also many differences. What the citizens of the Florentine republic needed was different from what was required by princes in the Renaissance courts of Italy or in other parts of Europe. Common to both, however, was the rejection of the medieval tradition that did not belong in the new society they were creating. Yet the search for a new methodology and a new relation with the ancient world was bitterly opposed by the traditionalists, who did not want renewal that would bring about a profound transformation of society; and, in fact, the educational revolution did not completely abolish existing traditions. The humanists, for example, were not concerned with extending education to the masses but turned their attention to the sons of princes and rich burghers.

      The humanists had the important and original conception that education was neither completed at school nor limited to the years of one's youth but that it was a continuous process making use of varied instruments: companionship, games, and pleasure were part of education. Rather than suggesting new themes, they wanted to discover the method by which the ancient texts should be studied. For them knowledge of the classical languages meant the possibility of penetrating the thought of the past; grammar and rhetoric were being transformed into philological studies not for the sake of pedantic research but in order to acquire a new historical and critical consciousness. They reconstructed the past in order better to understand themselves and their own time.

The humanistic tradition in Italy
Early influences
      One of the most influential of early humanists was Manuel Chrysoloras (Chrysoloras, Manuel), who came to Florence from Constantinople in 1396. He introduced the study of Greek and, among other things, translated Plato's Republic into Latin, which were important steps in the development of the humanistic movement.

      Inspired by the ancient Athenian schools, the Platonic Academy established in Florence in the second half of the 15th century became a centre of learning and diffusion of Christian Platonism, a philosophy that conceived of all forms as the creative thoughts of God and that inspired considerable artistic innovation and creativity. Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola were two of the most original of the scholars who taught there. Florence was the first city to have such a centre, but Rome and Naples soon had similar academies, and Padua and Venice also became centres of culture.

      A famous early humanist and professor of rhetoric at Padua was Pietro Paolo Vergerio (Vergerio, Pietro Paolo) (1370–1444). He wrote the first significant exclusively pedagogical treatise, De ingenuis moribus et liberalibus studiis (“On the Manners of a Gentleman and on Liberal Studies”), which, though not presenting any new techniques, did set out the fundamental principles by which education should be guided. He gave pedagogical expression to the ideal of harmony, or equilibrium, found in all aspects of humanism, and underlined the importance of the education of the body as well as of the spirit. The liberal arts were emphasized (“liberal” because of the liberation they reputedly brought); the program outlined by Vergerio focused upon eloquence, history, and philosophy but also included the sciences (mathematics, astronomy, and natural science) as well as medicine, law, metaphysics, and theology. The later subjects were not studied in depth; humanism was by its nature against encyclopaedism, but it brought out the relations between the disciplines and enabled students to know many subjects before they decided in which to specialize. Learning was not to be exclusively from books, and emphasis was placed on the advantages of preparing for social life by study and discussion in common. Vergerio felt that education should not be used as a means of entering the lucrative professions; medicine and law, especially, were looked on with suspicion if one's aim in studying them was merely that of gaining material advantages.

Emergence of the new gymnasium
      As a result of the renewed emphasis on Greek studies, early in the 15th century a definite sequence of institutions emerged, with the gymnasium as the principal school for young boys, preparatory to further liberal studies in the major nonuniversity institution of higher learning, the academy. Both terms, gymnasium and academy, were classical revivals, but their programs were markedly different from those of ancient Greece. The gymnasiums appeared in ducal courts; they were created for the liberal education of privileged boys and as the first stage of the studia humanitatis. Outstanding among these early gymnasiums were the school conducted by Gasparino da Barzizza in Padua from 1408 to 1421, considered a model for later institutions, and more particularly the gymnasium of Guarino Veronese (1374–1460) and that of his contemporary Vittorino da Feltre (1378–1446).

      Guarino had first established a school in 1415 in Venice, where he was joined by Vittorino. He subsequently moved to Ferrara where, from 1429 to 1436, he assumed responsibility for the humanist education of the young son of Nicolò d'Este, the lord of Ferrara. Guarino wrote no treatises, but something may be learned about his work and methods from his large correspondence and from De ordine docendi et studendi (1485; “On the Order for Teaching and Studying”), written by his son Battista. Guarino organized his students' courses into three stages: the elementary level, at which reading and pronunciation were primarily taught, followed by the grammatical level, and finally the highest level, concentrating on rhetoric. The education given in his schools was perhaps the best example of the humanistic ideals, since it underlined the importance of literary studies together with a harmonious development of body and spirit, to the exclusion of any utilitarian purpose.

      Vittorino was a disciple of both Barzizza and Guarino. He conducted boarding schools at Padua and Venice and, most importantly, from 1423 to 1446 one at Mantua, where he had been invited by the reigning lord, Gianfrancesco Gonzaga. This last school, known as La Giocosa (literally, “The Jocose, or Joyful”), soon became famous. At La Giocosa only those who had both talent and a modest disposition were accepted; wealth was neither necessary nor sufficient to gain admission; in fact, the school was one of the few efforts made during this period to extend education to a wider public. The program of study at La Giocosa was perhaps closer to the medieval tradition than that of the other boarding schools, but, in any case, the spirit was different. Studies were stimulating; mathematics was taught pleasantly—Vittorino going back to very ancient traditions of practicing mathematics with games. After having studied the seven arts of the trivium (grammar, rhetoric, and logic) and the quadrivium (geometry, arithmetic, harmonics, and astronomy), students completed the cycle by a study of philosophy and then, having mastered this discipline, could go on to higher studies leading to such professions as medicine, law, philosophy, and theology. Italian was completely ignored at Vittorino's school; all instruction was given in Latin, the study of which, together with Greek, reached a high level of excellence. Great importance was given to recreation and physical education; his concern for the health of his students did not come to an end with the scholastic year, for during the summers, when the cities became unhealthy, he would arrange for his students to go to Lake Garda or to the hills outside Verona.

      Vittorino's educational philosophy was inspired by a profound religious faith and moral integrity, which contrasted with the general relaxation of standards within the church itself; but, if he was severe with himself, he was very open and tolerant with his pupils. The school continued only for a while after his death because, more than in the case of the other schools, La Giocosa was identified with the personality of the founder.

Nonscholastic traditions
      Leon Battista Alberti (Alberti, Leon Battista), one of the most intelligent and original architects of the 15th century, also dedicated a treatise, Della famiglia (1435–44; “On the Family”), to methods of education. Alberti felt that the natural place for education was the home and not scholastic institutions. The language in which he wrote was Italian, education being in his view so important in social life that he felt that discussion of it should not be limited to scholars. He stressed the importance of the father in the educational process.

      Baldassare Castiglione (Castiglione, Baldassare) expressed the transition of humanism from the city to the Renaissance court. He himself was in the service of some of the most splendid princes, the Gonzagas at Mantua and the Montefeltros at Urbino. Just as in the 15th century the humanists had been concerned with the education of the city burgher, so in the 16th century they turned their attention to the education of the prince and of those who surrounded him. Il cortegiano (“The Courtier”) was published in 1528, and within a few years it had been translated into Latin and all the major European languages. The courtier was to be the faithful collaborator of the prince. He had to be beautiful, strong, and agile; he had to know how to fight, play, dance, and make love. But this was not all, since great importance was also attached to the study of the classics and the practice of poetry and oratory; the courtier had to be able to write in rhyme and in prose and have perfect command of the vernacular, which was becoming important in political affairs; but above all he had to have skill at arms.

      The courtier described by Castiglione, though in the service of necessarily devious princes, had to know how to keep his dignity and his virtue. Castiglione's moral standards, reflecting the spiritual climate at Urbino, completely disappeared, however, in Giovanni della Casa's work, Galateo (1551–54), in which considerations of etiquette were placed above all others; the values of humanism no longer existed, and all that was left was ceremonial.

The humanistic tradition of northern and western Europe
      The economic and social conditions behind the intellectual and cultural revolution of humanism in Italy were also present, though in different forms, in other parts of Europe. In some states, chiefly England, France, and Spain, humanism and educational reforms developed around the courts, where political power was being concentrated; in others, such as the Netherlands, they were brought about by the city burghers, whose power, both economic and political, was increasing. The educational reforms that the humanists brought about in northern and western Europe developed slowly, but on the whole they were lasting, since they affected a greater number of people than was the case in Italy, where they tended to be restricted to a narrow circle of families. There were close relations between Italian and other European educational humanists, as there were among English, Dutch, French, and German humanists, and, thus, national differences were not so significant.

Dutch humanism
      In the Netherlands (Netherlands, The) the ground for educational reform had already been prepared in the 14th century by the Brethren of the Common Life (Common Life, Brethren of the), a group founded by Gerhard Groote to bring together laymen and religious men. Although their work was not originally in the field of education, education started when they set up hostels for students and exercised some moral direction over these students; this work was extended, and the Brethren eventually set up schools, first at Deventer, then in other cities. Some of the most important humanists of the Netherlands and Germany attended their schools—among others, Erasmus.

      The school at Deventer came to have great prestige under Alexander Hegius (Hegius, Alexander), rector from 1465 to 1498 and author of a polemic treatise, De utilitate Graeci (“On the Usefulness of Greek”), underlining the importance of studying Greek, and of De scientia (“On Knowledge”) and De moribus (“On Manners”). Hegius had great talent as an organizer and succeeded not only in attracting some of the best scholars of the time but also in giving the school an efficient structure that became a model for many schools in the north.

      Desiderius Erasmus (Erasmus, Desiderius) was a great scholar and educator, and his influence was felt all over Europe. His strong personality earned him the respect and sympathy of humanists who saw in him, as in few others, the symbol of their ideals and values. Unfortunately, his proposals for reform and greater tolerance were not always accepted in the tortured Europe of the 16th century.

      Erasmus was a prolific writer, and part of his work was concerned with education: De ratione studii (1511; “On the Right Method of Study”), De civilitate morum puerilium (1526; “On the Politeness of Children's Manners”), Ciceronianus (1528), De pueris statim ac liberaliter instituendis (1529; “On the Liberal Education of Boys from the Beginning”). His educational program was original in many ways but in no sense democratic. The masses could not partake in higher education, since their aim was that of gaining skill in an occupation. He felt that religious instruction should be made available to all but that classical literary studies—the most important of all studies—were for a minority.

      Study of ancient languages and intelligent comprehension of texts formed the basis of Erasmus' system of education; he took a stand against the formalism and dogmatism that were already creeping into the humanist movement. Erasmus was in favour of acquiring a good general liberal arts education until the age of 18, being convinced that this would be a preparation for any form of further study. His great love for the classical languages, however, made him neglect the vernacular; he was not interested in local traditions; and he attributed very little importance to science, which he did not think necessary for a cultured man. He was against instruction being imposed without the participation of the student. His optimism about the nature of man and the possibilities of molding him made Erasmus feel that, if adequately educated, any man could learn any discipline. He further sought renewal of the schools and better training for teachers, which he felt should be a public obligation, certainly no less important than military defense. Many of Erasmus' themes were elaborated a century later by John Amos Comenius and form the basis of modern education, in particular the effort to understand the child psychologically and to consider education as a process that starts before the school experience and continues beyond it.

Juan Luis Vives (Vives, Juan Luis)
      Strongly influenced by Erasmus was Juan Luis Vives, who, though of Spanish origin, spent his life in various parts of Europe—Paris, Louvain, Oxford, London, Bruges. His most significant writings were De institutione foeminae Christianae (1523; “On the Education of a Christian Woman”), De ratione studii puerilis (“On the Right Method of Instruction for Children”), De subventione pauperum (1526; “On Aid for the Poor”), and De tradendis disciplinis (1531; “On the Subjects of Study”).

      Not only was his vision of the organic unity of pedagogy new, but he was the first of the humanists to emphasize the importance of popular education. He felt that it was the responsibility of the city to provide instruction for the poor and that the craft and merchant guilds had an important contribution to make to education. Unlike other humanists, moreover, he did not despise the utilitarian aspects of education but on the contrary suggested that his pupils should visit shops and workshops and go out into the country to learn something of real life.

      Just as he felt that education should not be limited to a single social class, so he felt that there should be no exclusion of women, though perhaps they required a different kind of education because of their different functions in life.

      Vives worked out a plan to take account of both educational structures and teacher training. In emphasizing the social function of education, he was against schools being run for profit and believed that teachers should be prepared not only in their specific fields but also in psychology so as to understand the child. He also suggested that teachers should meet four times a year to examine together the intellectual capacities of each one of their pupils so that suitable programs of study could be arranged for them. Vives considered that, in teaching, games had psychological value. He favoured use of the vernacular for the first stage of education; but, as a humanist, he had a passion for Latin and felt that there was no substitute for Latin as a universal language. Classical studies were to be completed by investigation of the modern world, in particular its geography, the horizons having been greatly enlarged by recent discoveries. Vives' method was an inductive one, based not on metaphysical theories but on experiment and exercise.

The early English humanists
      At the end of the 15th century there was a flowering in England of both humanistic studies and educational institutions, enabling a rapid transition from the medieval tradition to the Renaissance. The English humanists prepared excellent texts for studying the classical languages, and they started a new type of grammar school, long to be a model. Most important were John Colet and Thomas More. Thomas Linacre, author of De emendata structura Latini sermonis libri sex (1524; “Six Books on the Flawless Structure of the Latin Language”), should also be remembered, as well as William Lily, author of a Latin syntax, Absolutissimus de octo orationis partium constructione libellus (1515; “Comprehensive Study of the Construction of the Eight Parts of Speech”), and director of St. Paul's School in London from 1512 to 1522.

      Colet (Colet, John) has an important place in English education. As dean of St. Paul's Cathedral he founded St. Paul's School, thus favouring the introduction of humanism in England and the transformation of the old ecclesiastical medieval schools. He had traveled a great deal in France and Italy and wanted to bring to his country the humanistic culture that had so fascinated him. In 1510 he started a “grammar school,” open to about 150 scholars who had an aptitude for study and had completed elementary school. Colet's personality and energy made his school a lively centre of English humanism.

      More (More, Sir Thomas) was both a distinguished humanist and a statesman. He was interested in pedagogy, to which he dedicated part of his work Utopia (1516). In his Utopia, More saw the connection between educational, social, and political problems and the influence that society therefore has on education. English humanists such as More were engaged in a bitter battle because medieval tradition was deeply rooted; they were fierce opponents of a group called the Trojans, who opposed the Greek language and all that the new instruction of that language represented.

Education (Protestantism) in the Reformation and Counter-Reformation
      New political and social systems developed in those European countries that, for various reasons and at different times, broke away from the Roman Catholic church in the 16th century. The religious reforms brought about by Martin Luther, John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and the ruling family of England were both cause and effect of these transformations. Characteristic of all these countries was the importance of the state in the organization of the educational system.

      The Reformation and European humanism influenced one another. There were analogies between the flowering of the classical world in the European courts and the reawakening of religious interests; there were similarities in the critical position adopted toward Aristotelianism and in the interest shown toward the study of classical languages, such as Greek and Hebrew. The presuppositions behind the two movements—humanism and Reformation—were different, however, and sooner or later a clash was inevitable. The most spectacular of these clashes was between Erasmus (Erasmus, Desiderius) and Luther (Luther, Martin), despite the fact that for a long time they had respected each other. It was important for Erasmus and for the humanists to encourage the development of a world of writers and artists who, free from material preoccupations, could devote their time to literary and artistic pursuits. For the Reformers the situation was different: they did not aim to educate a small minority; unlike Erasmus, Luther had to keep the masses in mind, for they had contributed to the success of the religious reforms.

Luther and the German Reformation (Germany)
      Luther specifically wished his humble social origins to be considered a title of nobility. He wanted to create educational institutions that would be open to the sons of peasants and miners, though this did not mean giving them political representation. (The German princes were glad to promote the Reformation on condition that it would not diminish but would, on the contrary, increase their political power.) Luther realized that an educational system open to the masses would have to be public and financed by citizens' councils. His educational programs are set out in An die Radsherrn aller Stedte deütsches Lands: Das sie christliche Schulen affrichten und hallten sollen (1524; “Letter to the Mayors and Aldermen of All the Cities in Behalf of Christian Schools”), in Dass man Kinder zur Schulen halten solle (1530; “Discourse on the Duty of Sending Children to School”), and in various letters to German princes.

      Although Luther advocated the study of classical languages, he believed that the primary purpose of such an education, in marked distinction to the aims of the humanists, was to promote piety through the reading of the Scriptures in their pure form. “Neglect of education,” Luther wrote in a letter to Jacob Strauss in 1524, “will bring the greatest ruin to the Gospel.” Accordingly, Luther argued that education must be extended to all children, girls as well as boys, and not simply to a leisured minority as in Renaissance Italy. Even those children who had to work for their parents in trade or in the fields should be enabled, if only for a few hours a day, to attend local, city-maintained schools in order to promote their reading skills and hence piety. Out of the Lutheran argument emerged a new educational concept, the pietas litterata: literacy to promote piety.

      On the premise that a new class of cultivated men must be developed to substitute for the dispossessed monks and priests, new schools, whose upkeep was the responsibility of the princes and the cities, were soon organized along the lines suggested by Luther. In 1543 Maurice of Saxony founded three schools open to the public, supported by estates from the dissolved monasteries. It was more difficult to set up the city schools, for which there was no tradition. In towns and villages of northern Germany Johannes Bugenhagen (1485–1558) set up the earliest schools to teach religion and reading and writing in German, but it was not until 1559 that the public ordinances of Württemberg made explicit reference to German schools in the villages. This example was shortly followed in Saxony.

      Whereas Luther combined his interest in education with his work as a religious reformer and politician, another Reformer, Philipp Melanchthon (Melanchthon, Philipp) (1497–1560), concentrated almost entirely on education, creating a new educational system and, in particular, setting up a secondary-school system. He taught for many years at the University of Wittenberg, which became one of the centres of theological studies in Reformation Germany; and his experience there enabled him to reorganize the old universities and set up new ones, such as Marburg, Königsberg, and Jena. His ideas about secondary education were put into practice in the schools he founded at Eisleben. Scholastic work was divided into three stages, access to each successive stage depending on the ability of the student to master the previous course work; this was a new concept (foretelling the later “grading system (graded school)”), unknown in the traditional scholastic system. He was convinced that too many subjects should not be imposed on the student. He felt that Latin was important but not German, Greek, or Hebrew, as had been taught in the humanistic schools; such variety, he felt, was exhausting and possibly harmful. This opened the door to a new type of formalism, however, a danger that in other spheres the educational reformers had tried to fight.

      The work of Johannes Sturm (Sturm, Johannes) (1507–89) illustrates this danger. He founded a grammar school in Strassburg (now Strasbourg, Fr.) that became a model for German schools. Sturm believed that methods of instruction in elementary (elementary education) schools and, to some degree, in secondary schools should be different from those in the institutes of higher education. Not much autonomy was to be allowed the child, who started learning Latin at the age of six by memorizing. Sturm's love of Latin was even greater than that of his friend Erasmus, who never wanted it to become a mechanical exercise. As a consequence, German was neglected, as was physical instruction, and too much importance was given to form and expression for its own sake.

The English Reformation
      The separation of the Church of England from the church of Rome in the 16th century under Henry VIII did not have quite the repercussions in the scholastic field that were experienced by the continental Reformations. The secondary-school system in England had been strongly influenced by the Renaissance in the period preceding the reform, and about 300 grammar schools (grammar school) were already in existence. Nevertheless, the situation became precarious, for political reasons, under a succession of sovereigns.

       Henry VIII included the schools in his policy of concentration and consolidation of power in the hands of the state. In 1548, under Henry's son Edward VI, the Chantries Act was passed, confiscating the estates of the church expressly for use in education; but the turmoil of the times, under the boy Edward and then his Roman Catholic sister Mary I, allowed the funds allocated to education to be diverted elsewhere. Many primary schools and grammar schools disappeared or retrenched their operations for lack of funds. Elizabeth I, however, succeeding to the throne in 1558, revived Henry VIII's educational policy; considerable sums were appropriated for education, even though it was not always possible to enforce the new provisions because of local opposition and some lack of concern on the part of the Anglican clergy.

      The growth of a rich and prosperous mercantile class and the spread of Calvinist (Calvinism) reforms through the Puritans in England and the Presbyterians in Scotland were also factors in the transformation of English education in the 16th and 17th centuries. Scholastic programs reflected changes in society: importance was given to English, to science, to modern languages (in particular French and Italian), and to sports, as is still the case in England today. The Puritan (Puritanism) contribution was thus considerable, though often hindered by the traditional forces of the Anglican church and the old nobility.

      Sir Thomas Elyot (Elyot, Sir Thomas), in The Boke Named the Governour (1531), wrote the first treatise in English that dealt specifically with education. He was interested in those who would have the future economic and political power in their hands. Though their education was to include the classics, it was to be supplemented by the needs of the new mercantile class—the national English language, manual arts, drawing, music, and all forms of sport. Elyot was obviously influenced by Erasmus.

      Roger Ascham (Ascham, Roger) was close in thought to many of the English humanists. In The Scholemaster (1570) he underlined the importance of the English language (in spite of his being a professor of Greek) and proposed that it should be used in teaching the classical languages. He also believed that physical exercise and sport were important, not only for the nobility and the leisured classes but also for students and teachers. He was aware of the social changes in the country; and, observing with sadness the corruption of the new wealth, he was particularly chagrined to see students going to university not to gain culture but to prepare themselves for high offices of state.

      Richard Mulcaster (Mulcaster, Richard) had 30 years of experience as an educator at St. Paul's School and at the Merchant Taylors School (Merchant Taylors' School), a Latin secondary school maintained by the tailors' guild in London—and most famous of all the “guild schools.” Mulcaster was in favour of efficient teacher training and of teachers being adequately paid. In agreement with some of the Lutheran educational reforms, he felt that schools should be open to all, including women, who should moreover have access to higher education. He is particularly remembered for his opposition to Italianate trends: “I love Rome, but London better. I favour Italy, but England more. I know the Latin, but worship the English.”

      Sir Francis Bacon (Bacon, Francis, Viscount Saint Alban (or Albans), Baron of Verulam) was interested in education though it was not his main concern—his main concern being the championship of the scientific method and “sense” realism, or empiricism, in opposition to traditional Aristotelianism and Scholasticism. He was opposed to private tutors and felt that boys and youths were better off in schools and that their education should be geared to their social status and future activity. Schooling should aim at preparing statesmen and men of action as well as scholars and thus should include history, modern languages, and politics. Bacon himself had a passion for study not only for its utilitarian purposes but because of its being for him a true source of delight.

The French Reformation
      Schools in 16th-century France were still largely under the control of the Roman Catholic church, as they had been in the Middle Ages. This traditional education faced opposition, however, both from Protestants and from reformers who had been influenced by the humanist principle of the primacy of the individual.

      François Rabelais (Rabelais, François) was a great and original interpreter of humanistic ideals, and his views on education reflected this. He himself studied in various fields, from medicine to letters, and was passionately interested in all of them. His controversy with the Sorbonne, a remaining stronghold of medievalism and Scholasticism, was bitter; he satirized the school and the useless notions taught there in his novels Pantagruel (1532) and Gargantua (1534).

      Rabelais's educational philosophy was entirely different from that of the medievalists—his being based on liberty of the pupil, in whom he had maximum faith. In Gargantua this cult of liberty was celebrated in the utopian Abbey of Thélème, where all could live according to their own pleasure but where the love of learning was so great that everyone was dedicated to it, getting much better results than those obtained at the medieval universities. And yet in the education of Gargantua and Pantagruel there were limits placed on liberty: Gargantua's day started at 4 in the morning; he studied all subjects, both literary and scientific; and this was alternated with play and pleasing diversions. The heavy program, however, was not a constriction because of Gargantua's delight in learning. The culture that Rabelais wanted for his two heroes was directly connected with the world in which they lived.

      Gargantua and Pantagruel were perhaps among the first texts by a humanist in which not only the quadrivium but also scientific studies were enthusiastically proposed. There was nothing arid or abstract in Rabelais's approach to nature, and in this context the classics also had a new flavour: ancient literature, no longer limited to Latin, Greek, and Hebrew but expanded to include Arabic and Chaldaic, could bring to light valuable knowledge that had been accumulated by the classical world.

      Petrus Ramus (Ramus, Petrus), one of the most bitter critics of French medieval Aristotelianism, was an intelligent reformer of educational methods. His best-known treatises are Aristotelicae animadversiones (1543; “Animadversions on Aristotle”) and Dialecticae partitiones (1543; “Divisions of Dialectic”), both condemned by royal decree; he also wrote two discourses on philosophy, Oratio de studiis philosophiae et eloquentiae conjungendis (1546; “Speech on Joining the Study of Philosophy with the Art of Speaking”) and Pro philosophica Parisiensis accademiae disciplina oratio (1551; “Speech in Defense of the Philosophical Discipline of the Parisian Academy”), as well as Ciceronianus, published posthumously. In these works his criticism of traditional ways and of the degeneration of humanistic thought made him hated by all Roman Catholics, though not much better understood by Protestants; he died a Protestant victim of the massacre of St. Bartholomew. His program of study was fairly close to the traditional one, but his method was original, for he was concerned that the teacher should not suffocate the child with too many lessons and considered the child's autonomous activity important. He especially resented any pedagogy that relied on a blind appeal to authority; learning had to be utilitarian and issue from practice.

      Michel de Montaigne (Montaigne, Michel de) (1533–92) was much influenced by his personal experience as a student. Though often critical of humanism, especially when it was misinterpreted and transformed into pedantic studies, he had great admiration for the classics and lacked the scientific interests of Rabelais or Ramus. Montaigne wrote specifically about education in two essays on the upbringing of children and on pedantry. Culture, he felt, had become imitation, often with no trace of originality left, whereas it should be a delight—not something a student is forced to assimilate but something to draw the student's participation. He was in favour of instruction by tutors capable of giving the student individual attention—the ideal tutor being one with a good mind rather than one filled with pedantic notions. He also believed in the importance of physical education and in a boy's being hardened to nature and to danger.

      For Montaigne it was important not only to travel to foreign countries but also to stay there for a while, to learn languages and, even more, to learn about foreign customs and thus break out of the narrow limits of one's own province. There were many differences between Montaigne and Erasmus, but both were convinced that for the wise man there could be no geographic boundaries, for, through cultural diffusion, barriers would be broken down.

The Calvinist Reformation
      The Protestant Reformer John Calvin (Calvin, John) was of French origin, but he settled in Geneva and made this Swiss city one of the most prominent centres of the Reformation. Unlike Luther, whose reforms were backed by princes hoping to gain greater political independence, Calvin was supported by the new mercantile class, which needed political and administrative changes for the purposes of its own expansion.

      Calvin considered popular education important, but he was not an innovator. The theological academy he founded in Geneva in 1559 was modeled on Sturm's school in Strassburg, where Calvin had taught; it became distinguished under the directorship of Theodore Beza (Beza, Theodore), an intelligent Reformer but unfortunately a very intolerant one, at least in theological matters. Calvin's influence on education was nevertheless felt in many of the European universities, even as far as England, where, in spite of Anglican opposition, the Puritans had gained a foothold.

      Calvin was in favour of universal education under church control (the cost to be in large part borne by the community), but “universal” did not mean “democratic.” Even if some form of instruction was to be given to everyone (so that everyone might in some measure read the Scriptures for himself, in good Calvinist tradition), very few individuals reached secondary or higher education, and of these only a minute percentage came from the working classes. Documents of the period show the steps taken to achieve the aim of universal education. In the Netherlands, the Calvinist Synod of The Hague in 1586 made provision for setting up schools in the cities, and the Synod of Dort in 1618 decreed that free public schools should be set up in all villages. In Scotland in 1560 John Knox (Knox, John), a disciple of Calvin and the leader of the Scottish Presbyterians, aimed at setting up schools in every community, but the nobility prevented this from actually being carried out. The major educational contributions of Calvinism were its diffusion to a larger number of people and the development of Protestant education at the university level. Not only was Geneva significant but also the universities of Leiden (1575), Amsterdam (1632), and Utrecht (1636) in the Netherlands and the University of Edinburgh (1582) in Scotland. The Puritan, or English Calvinist, movement was responsible for the founding of Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge (1584).

The Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation
      The religious upheaval, so important in northern Europe, also affected, though less violently, the Latin countries of southern Europe. If the new ferment in the Roman Catholic church (Roman Catholicism) was mainly directed at answering the Protestants, at times it also had something original to suggest. At the Council of Trent (1545–63) the Roman Catholic church tried to come to terms with the new political and economic realities in Europe.

      Education was foremost in the minds of the leaders of the Counter-Reformation. The faithful were to be educated. For this, capable priests were needed, and, thus, seminaries multiplied to prepare the clergy for a more austere life in the service of the church. There was a flowering of utopian ideas, which should be remembered when trying to understand unofficial Catholic thought of the period. Writings such as La città del sole (“The City of the Sun”), by Tommaso Campanella, and Repubblica immaginaria (“The Imaginary Republic”), by Lodovico Agostini, are examples of this new vision of the church and of the duties of Christians. But if in the minds of the utopians this education was to be universal, it was in fact almost entirely directed at the ruling classes.

      The Society of Jesus (Jesuit), founded in 1534 by Ignatius Loyola, was not specifically a teaching order, but it was nevertheless very important in this field. The first Jesuit college was opened in Messina, Sicily, in 1548; by 1615 the Jesuits had 372 colleges, and by 1755, just 18 years before the suppression of the order, the number had risen to 728. (The society was not reestablished until 1814.) In Ratio studiorum, an elaborate plan of studies issued by the Jesuits in 1599, there is laid out an organization of these institutions down to the smallest details; an authoritarian uniformity was thus the rule in their colleges, and individual initiative was discouraged. The complete course of study took at least 13 years, divided into three periods: six or more years that included grammar and rhetoric, three years of philosophy, and four of theology. The teacher was thought of not only as an instructor but also as an educator and often a controller, for he was at the centre of a vast network of controls, in which those students considered promising also took part. Emulation was encouraged in the class, which was often divided into two groups to stimulate competition. These new techniques, as well as the Jesuits' efficient training of teachers, had good results, proof of this being the rapid increase in their colleges, which found greater favour than others started in the same period.

The legacy of the Reformation
      The effects on education of a movement as complex and widespread as the Reformation were far-reaching. Perhaps its most original contribution was the extension of the idea of education at the elementary level. As a result, the vernacular language took on a new importance, and also the new pedagogy had to take account of the realities of the situation—namely, that the children brought into the new school network could not spend as much time on “useless” books, so that schoolwork had to be combined with learning a practical trade, which had not previously been considered a part of education. This, however, was to take several centuries to be implemented in practice.

Ettore Gelpi James Bowen

European education in the 17th and 18th centuries

The social and historical setting
      The Renaissance had been the beginning of a new era in history, which culminated in the 17th and 18th centuries in the development of the absolutist (absolutism) state everywhere but in England and Holland (and even in these states the issue was for some time in doubt). France, the Habsburg empire, England, and Russia became the leading powers in Europe. The absolutist state extended its control beyond the political and into the religious (with the creation of the established church) and into almost all other aspects of human life. Although the High and later Middle Ages had witnessed the growth of middle-class forces, the pattern of society still clearly bore the stamp of court life. The concentration of power determined this life, and the citizen and his possessions were more and more at the disposal of the aristocracy. The citizen was subject.

      Even in an absolutist state, however, education cannot be the sole privilege of the rich or the ruling classes, because an efficient absolutist state requires capable subjects, albeit bound to their social position. Elementary education for the middle classes thus developed in the 17th and 18th centuries, and more and more the state saw as its task the responsibility for establishing and maintaining schools. This tendency toward general education did not stem only from considerations of political expediency; it stemmed also from the desire to improve the world through education—making all areas of life orderly and subordinate to rational leadership. There was not only an inclination toward encyclopaedism and systemization of the sciences but also, in similar fashion, a tendency to set education aright by extensive school regulations.

      In general, this distinction can be made between the 17th and the 18th centuries: in the 17th century the aim of education was conceived as a religious and rationalistic one, whereas in the 18th century the ideas of secularism and progress began to prevail. The 18th century is especially remembered for three leading reforms: teaching in the mother language grew in importance, rivaling Latin; the exact sciences were brought into the curriculum; and the correct methods of teaching became a pedagogic question.

The new scientism and Rationalism
      These social and pedagogic (pedagogy) changes were bound up with new tendencies in philosophy. Sir Francis Bacon (Bacon, Francis, Viscount Saint Alban (or Albans), Baron of Verulam) of England was one who criticized the teachers of his day, saying that they offered nothing but words and that their schools were narrow in thought. He believed that the use of inductive and empirical (Empiricism) methods would bring the knowledge that would give man strength and make possible a reorganization of society. Therefore, he demanded that schools should be scientific workplaces in the service of life and that they should put the exact science (science, history of)s before logic and rhetoric.

      Another 17th-century critic of medievalism was René Descartes (Descartes, René), but he did not proceed from empirical experience, as did Bacon; for him the only permanence and certainty lay in human reason or thinking (cogito ergo sum, “I think; therefore, I am”). The ability to think makes doubt and critical evaluation of the environment possible. A science based only on empiricism fails to achieve any vital, natural explanations but only mathematical, mechanistic ones of doubtful living use. Only what reason (ratio) recognizes can be called truth. Thus, education must be concerned with the development of critical rationality.

      Like Descartes, Benedict de Spinoza (Spinoza, Benedict de) and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm) also outlined rationalistic philosophic systems. Decisive for educational theory was their statement that knowledge and experience originate in thinking (not in sense impressions, which can provide only examples and individual facts) and that formal thinking categories should form the substance of education. They believed that the aim of education should be the mastery of thinking and judgment rather than the mere assimilation of facts.

The Protestant demand for universal elementary education
      The schools that were actually developed fell short of these philosophically based demands. This is especially true of elementary education. In the Middle Ages, the grammar schools (especially for the education of the clergy) had developed, and the humanism of the Renaissance had strengthened this tendency; only those who knew Latin and Greek could be considered educated. For basic, popular education there were meagre arrangements. Although schools for basic writing and arithmetic had been established as early as the 13th and 14th centuries, they were almost exclusively in the towns; the rural population had to be content with religious instruction within the framework of the church. This changed as a result of Protestantism. John Wycliffe had demanded that everyone become a theologian, and Luther, by translating the Holy Scriptures, made the reading of original works possible. Everyone, he asserted, should have access to the source of belief, and all children should go to school. So it happened that church regulations of the 16th and 17th centuries began to contain items governing schools and the instruction of young people (mainly in reading and religion). At first, the Protestant schools were directed and supported almost entirely by the church. Not until the 18th century, following the general tendency toward secularization, did the state begin to assume responsibility for supporting the schools.

Education in 17th-century Europe
Central European theories and practices
      It was while Europe was being shaken by religious wars and was disintegrating into countless small states that such writers as Campanella and Bacon dreamed their Utopias (La Città del sole and the New Atlantis, respectively), where peace and unity would be had through logical and realistic means. To even attempt realizing this dream, however, man needed suitable education. Both leading representatives of so-called pedagogic realism, Wolfgang Ratke and John Amos Comenius, were motivated by this ideal of world improvement through a comprehensive reform of the school system. Despite this common starting point, however, both were highly distinct personalities and, moreover, had divergent influences on the development of education and schools.

The pedagogy of Ratke (Ratke, Wolfgang)
      Ratke (1571–1635), a native of Holstein in Germany, journeyed to England, Holland, and through the whole of Germany and to Sweden expounding his ideas to the political authorities and finding considerable support. His plans for progressive reform failed for several reasons. First, political conditions during the Thirty Years' War were understandably not favourable for any kind of planning or reform of schools. Moreover, Ratke demonstrated little practical ability in executing his plans. Finally, Ratke's ideas were not free of exaggerations. He promised, for example, to be able to teach 10 languages in five years, each language in six months.

      His ideas about the art of teaching are, nevertheless, of importance for the theory and practice of education. First, he believed that knowledge of things must precede words about things. This “sense realism” means that individual experience in contact with reality is the origin of knowledge; principles of knowledge follow, rather than precede, the study of specifics.

      Second, everything must follow the order and course of what may be called human nature. In modern terms, one would say that a lesson should be designed with psychological conditions taken into consideration.

      Third, he asserted that everything should be taught first in the mother language, the mother language being the natural and practical language for children and the one that allows them to concentrate wholly on the business at hand. Only when the mother language is fully commanded should a child attempt a foreign language; then special attention should be paid to speaking it and not merely reading it.

      Fourth, Ratke emphasized what might now be called a kind of programmed learning. One piece of work should be fully completed before progress is made to the next piece, and there should be constant repetition and practice. The teacher's methods and the textbook program should agree and coincide.

      Fifth, there should be no compulsion. A teacher should not be a taskmaster. To strike a pupil was contrary to nature and did not help him learn. A pupil should be brought to love his teacher, not hate him. On the other hand, all work was the teacher's responsibility. The pupil should listen and sit still. More generally, all children, without exception, should go to school, and no lessons should be canceled for any reason. There is, of course, a certain paradox in Ratke's views: there was to be no compulsion, and yet pupils were to remain disciplined and were not permitted to work independently.

      As for curricula, Ratke suggested reading and writing in the native tongue, singing, basic mathematics, grammar, and, in the higher classes, Latin and Greek. The sciences had not yet appeared in his timetable. His demand that, above all, young people should be given instruction in the affairs of God is typical of the combination of rationalistic and religious education in the 17th century.

The pedagogy of Comenius (Comenius, John Amos)
      Comenius (1592–1670) was, even more than Ratke, a leading intellect of European educational theory in the 17th century. Born in Moravia, he was forced by the circumstances of the Thirty Years' War to wander constantly from place to place—Germany, Poland, England, Sweden, Hungary, Transylvania, and Holland—and was deprived of his wife, children, and property. He himself said, “My life was one long journey. I never had a homeland.”

      As a onetime bishop of the Bohemian Brethren, he sought to live according to their motto, “Away from the world towards Heaven.” To prepare for the hereafter, Comenius taught, one should “live rightly”—that is, seek learned piety by living one's life according to correct principles of science and morality. Comenius' philosophy was both humanitarian and universalistic. In his Pampaedia (“Universal Education,” discovered in 1935), he argued that “the whole of the human race may become educated, men of all ages, all conditions, both sexes and all nations.” His aim was pansophia (universal wisdom), which meant that “all men should be educated to full humanity”—to rationality, morality, and happiness.

      Comenius realized that, to achieve pansophia by universal education, radical reforms in pedagogy and in the organization of schools were required, and he devised an all-embracing school system to meet this need. During infancy (up to six years of age), the child in the “mother school,” or family grouping, would develop basic physical faculties. During the following period (seven to 12), the child would go to the “vernacular school,” which was divided into six classes according to age and could be found in every town. The prime aim of these schools would be to develop the child's imagination and memory through such subjects as religion, ethics, diction, reading, writing, basic mathematics, music, domestic economy, civics, history, geography, and handicraft. This vernacular school formed the final stage of education for technical vocations. After this school would come the grammar school (or Latin school), which the pupils would attend during their youth (13–18) and which would exist in every town of every district. Through progressive courses in language and the exact sciences, the young people would be brought to a deeper understanding of things. Finally, the university (19–24) would be a continuation of this school. Every province ought to have one such university, whose central task would be the formation of willpower and powers of judgment and categorization. Over and above this four-tier school system Comenius also envisaged a “college of light,” a kind of academy of the sciences for the centralized pooling of all learning. It is important to note, in this regard, that it was Comenius' stay in England (1641–42) that initiated discussions leading to the founding of the Royal Society (incorporated 1662). Furthermore, the German philosopher Leibniz, influenced by Comenius, founded the Berlin Academy, and similar societies sprouted elsewhere.

      The Great Didactic (1657) sets forth Comenius' methodology—one for the arts, another for the sciences. Comenius believed that everything should be presented to the child's senses—and to as many senses as possible, using pictures, models, workshops, music, and other “objective” means. With proper presentation, the mind of the child could become a “psychological” counterpart of the world of nature. The mind can take in what is in nature if the method of teaching most akin to nature is used. For the upper age levels, he recommended that language study and other studies be integrated, and indeed he employed this scheme in his Gate of Tongues Unlocked (1631), a book of Latin (Latin language) and sciences arranged by subjects, which revolutionized Latin teaching and was translated into 16 languages. The Visible World in Pictures (1658), which remained popular in Europe for two centuries, attempted to dramatize Latin through pictures illustrating Latin sentences, accompanied by one or two vernacular translations.

The schools of Gotha
      The zeal for reform on the part of such educators as Ratke and Comenius, on the one hand, and the interests of the ruling classes, on the other, led in the years after about 1650 to the publication of school regulations, free of church regulations. The circumstances in the central German (Germany) principality of Gotha were typical. The duke, Ernst the Pious, commissioned the rector Andreas Reyher to compile a system of school regulations, which appeared in 1642 and is known historically as the Gothaer Schulmethodus. This was the first independent civil system of school regulations in Germany and was strongly influenced by Ratke. The most important points of these regulations were compulsory schooling from the age of five; division of the school into lower, middle, and higher classes; extension of the usual subjects (reading, writing, basic arithmetic, singing, and religion) to various other fields (natural history, local history, civics, and domestic economy); the introduction of textbooks (for reading and basic arithmetic), notably the first textbook of exact sciences for elementary schools, Reyher's own Kurzer Unterricht von natürlichen Dingen (1657; “Short Course on Natural Things”); and methodical instruction that, above all, emphasized the clarity of the lesson and the activity of the pupils.

French theories and practices
      In the second half of the 17th century Germany suffered from the aftereffects of the Thirty Years' War, whereas France under Louis XIV reached the zenith of political and military power. France's leadership was also demonstrated in the cultural field—including education. Some of the most important developments in France included the promotion of courtly education and the involvement of religious orders and congregations in the education of the poor.

Courtly education
      The rationalistic ideal of French courtly education can be seen foreshadowed in Montaigne's (Montaigne, Michel de) Essays (1580), in which the ideal man was described as having a natural, sensible way of life not deeply affected by the perplexities of the time but admitting of pleasure. He had a “correct” attitude toward the world and people, a certain spiritual freedom, and an independent judgment—all of which, in Montaigne's view, were more important than being steeped in knowledge. “As lamps are extinguished from too much oil, so is the mind from too much studying.” Montaigne came from a merchant family that aspired to nobility, and thus there is a certain fashionable elitism in his views; he held, among other things, that courtly education succeeds best when the pupil studies under a private tutor.

      This ideal, rather unlike the ideal of the learned and humanistic Renaissance man, became important in 17th-century France, especially after mid-century and the rise of the court of Louis XIV. The education of the would-be versatile and worldly-wise gentleman was furthered not only by the continuation of the institution of private tutoring but also by the establishment of schools and academies for chevaliers and nobles, in which the emphasis was on such subjects as deportment, modern languages, fencing, and riding. It was most emphatically an example of class education, designed for the nobility and higher military and not for any commoners.

The teaching congregations
      In the countries, such as France, that remained Catholic, the Roman church (Roman Catholicism) retained control of education, and indeed, as monarchy became more absolute, so largely did the authority of the church in matters of education. In France, practically all schools and universities were controlled by so-called teaching congregations or societies, the most famous and powerful of which during the first half of the 17th century was the Society of Jesus. By mid-century the Jesuits (Jesuit) had 14,000 pupils under instruction in Paris alone; and their colleges (not including universities) all over the land numbered 612.

      It was their successful teaching and comparatively mild discipline that caused the Jesuit schools to attract thousands of pupils. “They are so good,” said Bacon of the Jesuit teachers in his Advancement of Learning, “that I wish they were on our side.” The curriculum was purely classical, but importance was attached to spacious, well-adapted buildings and amenities designed to make school life interesting. In general, however, the religious and international conflicts did great harm to education, which suffered much because those kings and religious factions that gained power in France (as elsewhere) used the schools to propagate their cause, discarding teachers not of the approved persuasion. Moreover, the schools continued largely to ignore the new directions of men's minds; in the universities staffed by Jesuit fathers, medieval Scholasticism, though purged of the formalistic excesses that had degraded it, was fully restored. Schools and universities declined for the most part to contemplate any enlargement of the frontiers of knowledge and were too often deeply involved in the religious conflicts of the time. The University of Paris in particular remained distracted throughout the 17th century by theological dissensions—in at least one instance as a result of the rivalry that ensued after the Jesuits had effected a footing at Clermont College.

      Aside from the Jesuits, the most important teaching congregations in France were the Bérullian Oratory, or Oratorians, and the Jansenists of Port-Royal. The former, founded in 1611 and soon to open a number of schools and seminaries for young nobles, was composed of priests—but priests more liberal and rationalist than was common for the times. They offered instruction not only in the humanities but also in history, mathematics, the natural sciences, and such genteel accomplishments as dancing and music and, though continuing to use Latin in instruction, promoted also the use of the vernacular French in the initial years of their curriculum. They tended indeed to be drawn to the ideas of Descartes, to a faith based on reason. When in 1764 the Jesuits were banned from France, their teaching positions were largely assumed by Oratorians.

      More famous than the schools of the Oratorians, though enjoying a briefer career, were the Little Schools of Port-Royal. Their founder was Jean Duvergier de Haurame (Duvergier de Hauranne, Jean, Abbé de Saint-Cyran), better known as the abbot of Saint-Cyran, who was one of France's chief advocates of Jansenism, a movement opposed to Jesuitry and Scholasticism and favouring bold reforms of the church and a turn to a certain Pietism. About 1635 Saint-Cyran, with the help of some wealthy, influential Parisians, succeeded in gaining control of the convent of Port-Royal, near Versailles. There the Jansenist group began about 1637 to educate a few boys, and by 1646 it had established the Little Schools of Port-Royal in Paris itself. Their curriculum was similar to that of the Oratorians, though excluding dancing, and was celebrated for its excellence in French language and logic and in foreign languages. Influenced by Descartes's rationalistic philosophy, the Jansenists theorized that learning has a “natural” order and should begin with what is familiar to the child: thus, a phonetic system of teaching reading was used; all instruction was in French, not Latin; student compositions were directed toward topics drawing on one's own experiences or toward subjects in one's current reading. Involved in political struggles with the Jesuits, who were still influential at court, the Jansenists were fated to have all their schools closed down by 1660, but their theories and practices were widely adopted and became extremely influential.

Female education
      During the century, the education of girls was not entirely neglected, and France was notable for its efforts. Mme de Maintenon (Maintenon, Françoise d'Aubigné, marquise de), for instance, had been a pupil of the Ursuline nuns in Paris and then a governess at the court of Louis XIV before she was wedded to the king in 1684. From her royal vantage point, she took upon herself the founding of a school in 1686 at Saint-Cyr near Versailles—a higher school principally for orphan girls descended from noble families. Besides such basic subjects as reading and writing, the girls were prepared for their future lives as wives and mothers or as members of genteel professions. In 1692 this school was taken over by the Augustinian nuns. Another important worker in the field of female education was St. Jane Frances de Chantal (Chantal, Saint Jane Frances of), who, together with her father confessor, St. Francis de Sales (Francis of Sales, Saint), founded in 1610 the order of the Visitandines, a group dedicated to charitable work and the religious education of women.

      François de Salignac de La Mothe-Fénelon (Fénelon, François de Salignac de La Mothe-), archbishop of Cambrai and noted theologian and writer, is especially known for his views on the education of girls. In his Traité de l'éducation des filles (1687; “Treatise on the Education of Girls”) he remarked on the importance of women in improving the morals of society and went on to express his thoughts about girls' education. Because girls, he believed, are meant to fulfill roles as housewives and mothers, they should pursue religious and moral education rather than scholarly learning. They should learn reading and writing, basic mathematics, history, music, needlework, Latin (because it is the church language), but no modern languages, since they tend to moral corruption. Education, he maintained, should make the lady of the house both Christian and accomplished, neither ignorant nor précieuse.

English theories and practices
      The 17th century in England (up to the Glorious Revolution of 1688–89) was one of argument over religious and political settlements bequeathed by Queen Elizabeth I; the period was one characterized by the confrontation of two different worldviews—on one side the royalist Cavaliers and on the other side the Puritans. The division was reflected in education.

The Puritan Reformers
      In the Anglo-American world the Reformation came about in the form of Calvinism—“Puritan (Puritanism)” being the derisory name for strict Calvinists. Their ideals were sober, practical behaviour, careful management, thrift, asceticism, and the rejection of hedonistic pleasures of life. Many of the educationists who sought this Puritan ideal were followers of the reform plans of Comenius. Samuel Hartlib (Hartlib, Samuel), a Polish merchant residing in England who was friend, publisher, and patron of Comenius, tried to interest Parliament in the idea of popular education; his treatise London's Charity Enlarged (1650) proposed that a grant be made for the education of poor children, all in the interest of general social betterment. The Committee for Advancement of Learning, which he founded in 1653, was the impulse and model for later educational associations. In general, his ideas for reform included the introduction of agricultural schools and the state organization of the educational system, as well as the establishment of general elementary education.

      The name of John Dury (Dury, John) stands close to those of Comenius and Hartlib. In 1651 appeared his book The Reformed School, in which he proposed teaching societies in England much like the teaching congregations in France. Indeed, he was particularly insistent that control of education be in the hands not of a regimentizing state but of free educational organizations. He was also concerned about teaching youth the useful arts and sciences so that they might “become profitable instruments of the Commonwealth.” From him, too, stemmed the draft of a nursery school (day-care centre); thus, he can be regarded as the first representative of infant teaching in England.

      The most renowned of the Puritan intellectuals, John Milton (Milton, John), was more concerned with the education of “our nobler and our gentler youth” than with the education of common boys. Of Education (1644), written at the request of Hartlib, was one of the last in the long line of European expositions of Renaissance humanism. Milton's aim was the traditional aim, the molding of boys into enlightened, cultivated, responsible citizens and leaders. His proposed academy, which would take the place of both secondary school and college, was to concentrate on instruction in the ancient classics, with due subordination to the Bible and Christian teaching. Milton also emphasized the sciences, and physical and martial exercise had a place in his curriculum as well.

Royalist education
      Frequently opposed to Puritanism on educational as well as political grounds were the royalists and supporters of the nobility. In education, their views went back to Elyot and Ascham in the 16th century, who had written so persuasively about the education of gentlemen in the tradition of the so-called courtesy books. Influenced by these few English forerunners and also by Montaigne were James Cleland (The Institution of a Young Nobleman, 1607) and Henry Peacham (Peacham, Henry) (The Compleat Gentleman, 1622). In the view of the latter, an extreme royalist, “Fashioning him [the pupil] absolute in the most necessary and commendable Qualities concerning Minde and Body to country's glory” was the overriding aim of education; the table of contents of The Compleat Gentleman exhibits the variety of interests of an ideal gentleman or noble—cosmography, geometry, poetry, music, sculpture, drawing, painting, heraldry, and so on. John Gailhard (Gailhard, John) (The Compleat Gentleman, 1678), another writer in the same tradition, can be said to have anticipated John Locke's empiricism (see below) when he wrote that “the nature of Youth is like Wax by fire, or a smooth table upon which anything can be written.”

The academies
      The beginning of academies for the promotion of philosophy, arts, or sciences can be traced to the early Renaissance, particularly in Italy and France. The Platonic Academy in Florence, cited earlier in this article, was one of the most noted of speculative societies. The first scientific academies belong to the 16th century: in 1560, for instance, the Academia Secretorum Naturae (“Secret Academy of Nature”) was founded in Naples; in 1575 Philip II of Spain founded in Madrid the Academy of Mathematical Sciences. Then, in 1617, the first German academy, Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft (“Productive Society”), was founded at Weimar with the expressed purposes of the purification of the language and the cultivation of literature. A number of other academies were founded throughout Europe.

      It was in the 17th century that the two preeminent scientific academies were founded. Both the English Royal Society and the French Academy of Sciences (Sciences, Academy of) began as informal gatherings of famous men. The “invisible college” of London and Oxford had its first meetings in 1645; it was incorporated as the Royal Society in 1662. In Paris, a group of men including the philosophers Descartes and Pascal started private meetings almost at the same time. In 1666 they were invited by the economic minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert to meet in the royal library. In 1699 the society was transferred to the Louvre under the name of the Academy of Sciences. The French Academy also started as a private society of men of letters some five years before its incorporation in 1635 under the patronage of Cardinal de Richelieu. In the 18th century, the fame and achievements of these English and French academies became internationally recognized, and many other European countries started to found their own national academies.

Education in 18th-century Europe
      In the 18th century the theories and systems of education were influenced by various philosophical and social trends. Among these were realism, which had its origins in Ratke and Comenius, among others, and also Pietism, which derived principally from Philipp Jakob Spener and August Hermann Francke in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Another trend was the far-reaching rationalistic and humanitarian movement of the Enlightenment, best seen in the pedagogical views of Locke, in the upsurge of philanthropy, and in Denis Diderot's (Diderot, Denis) Encyclopédie, a comprehensive system of human knowledge in 28 volumes (1751–72). Also important was naturalism, of which Jean-Jacques Rousseau can be regarded as the main representative.

Education during the Enlightenment

John Locke (Locke, John)'s empiricism and education as conduct
      The writings of the late 17th-century empiricist John Locke on philosophy, government, and education were especially influential during the Enlightenment. For education, Locke is significant both for his general theory of knowledge and for his ideas on the education of youth. Locke's Empiricism, expressed in his notion that ideas originate in experience, was used to attack the doctrine that principles of reason are innate in the human mind. In An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690) Locke argued that ideas come from two “fountains” of experience: sensation, through which the senses convey perceptions into the mind, and reflection, whereby the mind works with the perceptions, forming ideas. Locke through of the mind as a “blank tablet” prior to experience, but he did not claim that all minds are equal. He insisted, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693), that some minds have a greater intellectual potential than others.

      For education, Locke's empiricism meant that learning comes about only through experience. Education, which Locke felt should address both character and intellect, is therefore best achieved by providing the pupil with examples of proper thought and behaviour, by training the child to witness and share in the habits of virtue that are part of the conventional wisdom of the rational and practical man. Virtue should be cultivated through proper upbringing, preparatory to “studies” in the strict sense. The child first learns to do through activity and, later, comes to understand what has been done. The intimacy between conduct and thinking is best illustrated in the title of Locke's Of the Conduct of the Understanding, written as an appendix to his Essay. There it is clear that understanding comes only with careful cultivation and practice; this means that understanding not only involves conduct but is itself a kind of conduct. If the child and the tutor share a kind of conduct, then the child will have learned the habits of character and mind that are necessary for education to continue.

Giambattista Vico (Vico, Giambattista), critic of Cartesianism
      Like Locke, the Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico believed that human beings are not innately rational; he argued, however, that understanding results not through sense perception but through imaginative reconstruction. Although Vico's ideas were not widely known in the 18th century, the importance of his work for the history of philosophy and education has been increasingly recognized since the late 1960s. Vico was professor of rhetoric at the University of Naples from 1699 to 1741. His best-known work is New Science (1725), in which he advanced the idea that human beings in their origins are not rational, like philosophers, but imaginative, like poets. The relation between imagination and reason in New Science is suggestive for educational theory: civilized human beings are rational, yet they came to be that way without knowing what they were doing; the first humans created institutions literally without reason, as poets do who follow their imagination rather than their reason. Only later, after they have become rational, can human beings understand what they are and what they have made. Vico's idea that early humans were nonrational and childlike prefigured Rousseau's primitivism and his conception of human development (see below); and the importance Vico accorded to imagination foreshadowed the place that feeling was to have in 19th-century Romantic thought.

      De Nostri Temporis Studiorum Ratione (1709; “On the Study Methods of Our Time”) defended the humanistic program of studies against what Vico took to be an encroachment by the rationalistic system of Descartes on the educational methods proper for youth. Vico asserted that the influential Cartesian treatise The Port-Royal Logic, by the Jansenists Antoine Arnauld and Pierre Nicole, inverted the natural course by which children learn by insisting on a training in logic at the beginning of the educational process. He argued, instead, that young people need to have their mental powers developed and nourished by promoting their memories through the study of languages and enhancing their imaginations through reading poets, historians, and orators. Young minds first need the kind of reasoning that common sense provides. Common sense, acquired through the experience of poets, orators, and people of prudence, teaches the young the importance of working with probabilities prior to an education in logic. To train youth first in logic in the absence of common sense is to teach them to make judgments before they have the knowledge necessary to do so. Vico's aim was to emphasize the importance of practical judgment in education, an echo of the ideals of Locke and a prefiguring of Rousseau and the 19th-century reformer Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. Outside of Italy, among those who were most influenced by New Science were Joseph de Maistre in the late 18th century and Victor Cousin and Jules Michelet in the 19th century.

The condition of the schools and universities
      The school system became more and more in the 18th century an ordered concern of the state. Exponents of enlightened absolutism, as well as parliamentarians, recognized that the subject was of more use to the state if he had a school education. Ideally, there was to be compulsory schooling everywhere, but of course in practice the ideal was scarcely reached anywhere. The state also recognized that worthwhile school instruction depended on the standard of education of teachers: thus, the first teachers' college (normal school)s were established. But admittedly the standard of education of teachers was fairly poor. The teaching profession still did not provide a living wage, for which reason can be read from a regulation of 1736:

If the teacher is a workman he can already support himself; if he is not, then he is hereby allowed to go to work for daily wages for 6 weeks at harvest-time (Principia regulativa, clause 10).

      Ever since the 16th century the universities (university) had suffered a decline, mainly as a result of religious wars. Progress in the exact sciences was accomplished under government support in the academies of science, not in the universities, which became more and more training institutions for higher civil servants. There was, however, a notable change for the better, at least in Germany.

      The year 1694 saw the foundation of the University of Halle (Halle-Wittenberg, Martin Luther University of), which has been described as the first real modern university. It originated in a Ritterschule, or “knight's school,” imitative of the schools for chevaliers in France, and in 1694 the Holy Roman emperor Leopold I granted it a charter. The primary object in founding a university in Halle was to create a centre for the Lutheran party; but its character, under the influence of its two most notable teachers, the philosophers Christian Thomasius (Thomasius, Christian) and Francke, soon expanded beyond the limits of this conception. Thomasius was the first to set the example—soon after followed by all the universities of Germany—of lecturing in the vernacular instead of the customary Latin; this was a declaration of war against Scholasticism. Francke, as the founder of the Pietistic school, exercised great influence. Throughout the whole of the 18th century Halle was the leader of academic thought and advanced theology in Protestant Germany, although sharing that leadership, after the middle of the century, with the University of Göttingen (Göttingen, University of) (founded 1737). With Göttingen, another important contribution was made by the revival of classical studies and the creation of a faculty of philosophy distinct from that of theology. This was designed not only to advance scholarship but also to train teachers. Halle itself established the first chair of educational theory.

The background and influence of Pietism
      The dispute over the correct religious dogma, fought for almost 200 years with the utmost strength, controversy, and academic subtlety and reaching its terrible culmination in the Thirty Years' War, led to a certain ill feeling against dogmatically sanctioned religious revelation. There was a widespread trend toward secularization. Everywhere, there was a clear tendency to free belief from dogmatic quarrels. The search for a new belief took generally two different paths. One wanted to base belief in man's reason; the other wanted a godliness of the heart. For one line of thought, belief was a postulate of omnipotent human reason; for the other, man, corrupted by original sin, was to be saved only by simple belief in God's grace. The one path turned to the religious understanding of the Enlightenment; the other followed the subjective, mystical, zealous devoutness of Pietism. Such a movement away from the institutionalized church, away from the established church, and toward an intensified faith was evident in France within Roman Catholicism in the form of Jansenism and Quietism. In England it was clearly evident in certain forms of Puritanism and in Independent movements and Quakerism. In Germany it was evident in Pietism.

      Pietism was a Protestant movement of renewed faith that became popular from about 1675 to 1740, though it remained residually influential even into the 19th century. Its spiritual centres were in Württemberg, among the Moravian Brethren, and above all in Halle. Pietism was principally opposed to dogmatic Protestant orthodoxy, which usually included impatience and polemics against other beliefs. Pietism, on the contrary, stood for the renewal of importance of the individual prayer and for humility. The experiences of belief were to be based less in the acceptance of fixed conditions of belief and more in a mystical, personal submersion in feelings. According to standard Protestant theory, salvation could be hoped for only by the suppression of the corrupted individuality and by waiting for the grace of God to show one the way. From this came the Pietists' inclination to turn away from the world with its temptations (e.g., the theatre, dancing, games, and other enjoyments). The uneasiness that they felt toward church institutionalization led to their splitting into numerous separatist groups; their subjective certainty about their belief led to a certain arrogance; and finally their seclusion led often to a joyless and moralizing way of life.

      Although the founder of German Pietism is considered to be Spener (Spener, Philipp Jakob), who established several private devotional gatherings (collegia pietatis) for Bible study in Frankfurt am Main and elsewhere, he was important for education only in the sense that he fashioned a spirit or concept in which education could be conducted—a concept that would subordinate all education to a simple Christian faith. This concept was realized mainly by his follower Francke.

August Hermann Francke (Francke, August Hermann)
      Francke, after service as a grammar-school teacher and priest in Leipzig, Lübeck, Hamburg, and Erfurt, was, through Spener's recommendation, given a post at the University of Halle (Halle) in 1691, at the same time assuming the post of parish priest nearby. Motivated by the sad conditions of neglect in his parish, he quickly devoted himself to practical pastoral duties. In 1695 he instituted a vernacular school for the poor, popularly called the “ragged school,” whose purpose was that the children should be led to a living knowledge of God and Christ and to a rightly accomplished Christianity. Through his activity and eloquence Francke won several charitable patrons for his school, and the institution quickly expanded. After the school for the poor came the establishment of an elementary school for children of fee-paying burghers, then an orphanage, and lastly a Pädagogium, or boarding school, for the sons of nobility. Because Francke felt a lack of suitable teachers for his schools, he subsequently established two teachers' seminaries, seminarium praeceptorum and seminarium selectum (for teachers in higher schools). In 1697 there followed a Latin grammar school and in 1698, even if short-lived, a gynaeceum, a school for the daughters of nobility. To the whole complex of Halle's institutions (known collectively as the Halle Foundation) there also belonged a bookshop with a publishing house and press, a very profitable chemistry laboratory, as well as four agricultural properties, a Bible institution, and an office for sending evangelical missions abroad. These institutions flourished, and about 1750 they were more and more brought under the control of the state.

      Francke's main concern was ministerial work in the spirit of Pietism and not systematic educational theorizing. His educational aims were religious and at the same time practical. He himself paraphrased it as “true godliness and Christian wisdom”—true godliness meaning a pious, moral, devout life, and Christian wisdom referring to an ability to work hard according to the Protestant ethic. Francke's style of education went along with this aim: the corrupted willfulness of man must be broken, not through severe punishment but through “loving reproaches,” a close supervision of the pupils, and a schooled and regimented care of the spirit. Games and childlike exuberance have no place in the system; thus, education had a joyless and moralizing effect.

      The harsh demands and regimentation are shown, for instance, in the daily timetable and the syllabus. The children arose at 5:00 AM; there was almost continuous instruction with frequent Bible reading and religious lessons until 7:00 in the evening. The grammar school had lessons in reading, writing, basic mathematics, catechism, the Holy Scriptures, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, optionally another Oriental language, geography, history, mathematics (including astronomy and geometry), botany, zoology, mineralogy, anatomy, and theology, as well as lathework, glass polishing, field trips to observe trades, factory work, horticulture, and so on. These latter subjects were counted as “recreation.” The pansophic idea of Comenius was being followed here, in the sense that there was to be an all-encompassing education. It is worth noting that Francke was actually trying to inject realism into education—promoting, as he did, scientific subjects, lessons in manual skills, planned field trips, and even the reading of newspapers in the classroom.

Johann Julius Hecker (Hecker, Johann Julius)
      Julius Hecker came to Halle shortly before Francke's death in 1727 and became a teacher in the Pädagogium. In 1739 he was summoned by Frederick I of Prussia to Berlin, where he established a six-year realschule, or “realist school,” designed to prepare youth for the Pietistic and Calvinistic ideal of hard work and, especially, for the new technical and industrial age that was already dawning in countries such as England and France. Godliness was to be combined with a realistic and practical way of life. As early as 1699 Francke had conceived the idea of a school for children who were not meant for scholarship but who could serve usefully in commercial pursuits or administration; and in 1739 one of his teachers, Christoph Semler, published a pamphlet proposing such a “mathematical and mechanical Realschule.” It was Hecker's fortune to put these plans into realization. His school included, among other things, classes for architecture, building, manufacturing, commerce, and trade. Both the exact sciences and manual skills were in the curriculum. A room for natural-history specimens, geographic maps, and realia was set aside for the illustration of lessons. Schools like Hecker's were gradually opened in other cities. In the 19th century courses were extended to nine years, and such an institution was renamed Oberrealschule, or “higher realist school”; henceforth it was one of the main types of German secondary education. Hecker also compiled the general school regulations (1763) that formed the main outlines of the Prussian school system.

The background and influence of naturalism
      Pietists emphasized Christian devotion and diligence as paths to the good life; Enlightenment thinkers focused on reason and clear thinking as the sensible way to happiness. Rousseau (Rousseau, Jean-Jacques) and his followers were intrigued by a third and more elusive ideal: naturalism. Rousseau, in his A Discourse on Inequality, an account of the historical development of the human race, distinguished between “natural man” (man as formed by nature) and “social man” (man as shaped by society). He argued that good education should develop the nature of man. Yet Rousseau found that mankind has not one nature but several: man originally lived in a “pure state of nature” but was altered by changes beyond control and took on a different nature; this nature, in turn, was changed as man became social. The creation of the arts and sciences caused man to become “less pure,” more artificial, and egoistic, and man's egoistic nature prevents him from regaining the simplicity of original human nature. Rousseau is pessimistic, almost fatalistic, about changing the nature of modern man.

      Émile, his major work on education, describes an attempt to educate a simple and pure natural child for life in a world from which social man is estranged. Émile is removed from man's society to a little society inhabited only by the child and his tutor. Social elements enter the little society through the tutor's knowledge when the tutor thinks Émile can learn something from them. Rousseau's aim throughout is to show how a natural education, unlike the artificial and formal education of society, enables Émile to become social, moral, and rational while remaining true to his original nature. Because Émile is educated to be a man, not a priest, a soldier, or an attorney, he will be able to do what is needed in any situation.

      The first book of Émile describes the period from birth to learning to speak. The most important thing for the healthy and natural development of the child at this age is that he learn to use his physical powers, especially the sense organs. The teacher must pay special attention to distinguishing between the real needs of the child and his whims and fancies. The second book covers the time from the child's learning to speak to the age of 12. Games and other forms of amusement should be allowed at this age, and the child should by no means be overtaxed by scholarly instruction at too early an age. The child Émile is to learn through experience, not through words; he is to bow not to the commands of man but to necessities. The third book is devoted to the ages from 12 to 15. This is the time of learning, not from books of course but from the “book of the world.” Émile must gain knowledge in concrete situations provided by his tutor. He learns a trade, among other things. He studies science, not by receiving instruction in its facts but by making the instruments necessary to solve scientific problems of a practical sort. Not until the age of 15, described in the fourth book, does Émile study the history of man and social experience and thus encounter the world of morals and conscience. During this stage Émile is on the threshold of social maturity and the “age of reason.” Finally, he marries and, his education over, tells his tutor that the only chains he knows are those of necessity and that he will thus be free anywhere on earth.

      The final book describes the education of Sophie, the girl who marries Émile. In Rousseau's view, the education of girls was to be similar with regard to naturalness, but it differed because of sexual differences. A girl cannot be educated to be a man. According to Rousseau, a woman should be the centre of the family, a housewife, and a mother. She should strive to please her husband, concern herself more than he with having a good reputation, and be satisfied with a simple religion of the emotions. Because her intellectual education is not of the essence, “her studies must all be on the practical side.”

      At the close of Émile, Rousseau cannot assure the reader that Émile and Sophie will be happy when they live apart from the tutor; the outcome of his experiment is in doubt, even in his own mind. Even so, probably no other writer in modern times has inspired as many generations as did Rousseau. His dramatic portrayal of the estrangement of natural man from society jolted and influenced such contemporary thinkers as Immanuel Kant and continues to intrigue philosophers and social scientists. His idea that teachers must see things as children do inspired Pestalozzi and has endured as a much-imitated ideal. Finally, his emphasis on understanding the child's nature had a profound influence by creating interest in the study of child development, inspiring the work of such psychologists as G. Stanley Hall and Jean Piaget.

The Sensationists
      A group of French writers contemporary with Rousseau and paralleling in some ways the thought of both Rousseau and Locke are known as the Sensationist (sensationalism)s, or, sometimes, the Sensationist psychologists. One of them was Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (Condillac, Étienne Bonnot de), who, along with Voltaire, may be said to have introduced Locke's philosophy to France and established it there.

      In the Treatise on Sensations (1754) Condillac imagined a statue organized inwardly like a man but animated by a soul that had never received an idea or a sense impression. He then unlocked its senses one by one. The statue's power of attention came into existence through its consciousness of sensory experience; next, it developed memory, the lingering of sensory experience; with memory, it was able to compare experiences, and so judgment arose. Each development made the statue more human and dramatized Condillac's idea that man is nothing but what he acquires, beginning with sensory experience. Condillac rejected the notion of innate ideas, arguing instead that all faculties are acquired. The educational significance of this idea is found in Condillac's An Essay on the Origin of Human Knowledge (1746), where he writes of a “method of analysis,” by which the mind observes “in a successive order the qualities of an object, so as to give them in the mind the simultaneous order in which they exist.” The idea that there is a natural order which the mind can learn to follow demonstrates Condillac's naturalism along with his sensationism. Condillac does not begin his work Logic (1780) with axioms or principles; rather, he writes, “we shall begin by observing the lessons which nature gives us.” He explains that the method of analysis is akin to the way that children learn when they acquire knowledge without the help of adults. Nature will tell man how to know, if he will but listen as children “naturally” do. Thus the way in which ideas and faculties originate is the way of logic, and to communicate a truth is to follow the order in which ideas come from the senses.

      Claude-Adrien Helvétius (Helvétius, Claude-Adrien), a countryman of Condillac's who professed much the same philosophy, was perhaps even more insistent that all human beings lack any intellectual endowment at birth and that despite differing physical constitutions each person has the potential for identical passions and ideas. What makes people different in later life are differing experiences. Hypothetically, two men brought up with the same chance experiences and education would be exactly the same. From this it followed, in education, that the teacher must attempt to control the environment of the child and guide his instruction step by step. Helvétius was, perhaps, unique in joining such a strong belief in intellectual equalitarianism with the possibility of a controlling environmentalism.

The Rousseauists
      Rousseau left behind no disciples in the sense of a definite academic community, but hardly a single theorist of the late 18th century or afterward could avoid the influence of his ideas. One of those influenced was the German Johann Bernhard Basedow (Basedow, Johann Bernhard), who agreed with Rousseau's enthusiasm for nature, with his emphasis on manual and practical skills, and with his demand for practical experience rather than empty verbalism. The teacher, in Basedow's view, should take pains over the clearness of the lesson and make use of the enjoyment of games: “It is possible to arrange nearly all playing of children in an instructive way.” In another respect, however, the contrast between Rousseau and Basedow could not be sharper; Basedow tended to force premature learning and overload a child's capabilities. A foreign language, for instance, was to be learned in six months. He promoted, in general, a pedagogic hothouse atmosphere. Basedow was perhaps influenced by his seven-year-old daughter, who was put forward as a wonder child with extraordinary knowledge. He established an experimental school called a Philanthropinum, in Dessau, which lasted from 1774 to 1793.

      Kant (Kant, Immanuel) referred to Rousseau's influence on him. He dealt specifically with pedagogy only within a lecture he gave as holder of the chair of philosophy in Königsberg; the main features of the lecture were collected in a short work, Über Pädagogik (1803; “On Pedagogy”). In it he asserted, “A man can only become a man through education. He is nothing more than what education makes him.” Education should discipline man and make him cultured and moral; its aim is ultimately the creation of a happier mankind. In general, Kant agreed with Rousseau's education according to nature; but, from his ethical posture, he insisted that restraints be put on the child's passionate impulses and that the child even be taught specific maxims of conduct. The child must learn to rule himself and come to terms with the twin necessities of liberty and constraint, the product of which is true freedom.

Children should be educated, not with reference to the present conditions of things, but rather with regard to a possibly improved state of the human race—that is, according to the ideal of humanity and its entire destiny. (From Über Pädagogik.)

The influence of nationalism
      The Enlightenment was cosmopolitan in its effort to spread the light of reason, but from the very beginning of the age there were nationalistic tendencies to be seen in varying shades. Although Rousseau himself was generally concerned with universal man in such works as The Social Contract and Émile, his The Government of Poland (1782) did lay out a proposal for an education with a national basis, and generally his ideas influenced the nationalistic generation of the French Revolution of 1789.

      The real starting point generally of national pedagogic movements was in France. It perhaps began with the philosophes, the rationalists and liberals such as Voltaire and Diderot, who emphasized the development of the individual through state education, not as a means, of course, of adjusting to the state and its current government but as a means of creating critical, detached, responsible citizens. The Marquis de Condorcet (Condorcet, Marie-Jean-Antoine-Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de) was closely connected with this line of thought. For him man was by nature good and capable of never-ending perfection, and the goal of education should be the “general, gradually increasing perfection of man.” He drafted a democratic and liberal but at the same time somewhat socialist concept of school policy: there should be a uniform structure of public education and equal chances for all; ability and attainment should be the only standards for selection and careers; and private interests should be prevented from having influence in the educational system. An educational concept so rationalistic in its aims and with such a democratic and liberal structure cannot be narrowly nationalistic; it is cosmopolitan. But Condorcet was nationalistic insofar as he wanted “to show the world at last a nation in which freedom and equality for all was an actuality.” He was, in fact, a strong supporter of the Revolution.

      Many of the Rousseauists were nationalistic in a somewhat different way. They believed in a kind of “moral patriotism.” They distrusted state-controlled nationalism and favoured instead a virtuous, patriotic citizen who experienced spontaneous feelings for his nation. Proper development in the family setting and in school would lead to the mastery of everyday situations and would naturally lay the foundations for this true nationalism.

      Some of the French (French Revolution) revolutionists, particularly Jacobin (Jacobin Club)s such as Robespierre and Saint-Just who were associated with the period of the Terror (1793–94), were concerned with an education for the revolutionary state, an education marked by an enmity toward the idea of scholarship for its own sake and by state control, collectivism, the stressing of absolute equality, and the complete integration of all. What is good is decided by the collective “people.” Thus, it could be said that the Jacobins favoured a complete politicalization of educational practice and theory.

National education under enlightened rulers
      The absolutism of the 18th century has often been called “benevolent despotism,” referring to the rule of such monarchs as Frederick II the Great of Prussia, Peter I the Great and Catherine II the Great of Russia, Maria Theresa and Joseph II of Austria, and lesser figures who were presumably sufficiently touched by the ideas of the Enlightenment to pursue social reforms. Their reforms were limited, however, and usually did not include anything likely to upset their sovereignty. Thus, they were often willing to improve education for middle-class persons useful in civil service and other areas of state administration, but they were often chary of educating the poor. That risked upsetting the social order.

      Frederick the Great (Frederick II), however, issued general school regulations (1763) establishing compulsory schooling for boys and girls from five to 13 or 14 years of age. His minister Freiherr von Zedlitz founded a chair of pedagogy at Halle (1779) and generally planned for the improved education of teachers; he supported the founding of new schools and the centralization of school administration under an Oberschulkollegium, or national board of education (1787); and one of his colleagues, Friedrich Gedike, was instrumental in introducing the school-leaving examination for university entrance, the Abitur, which still exists.

      The guarded though increasingly liberal attempt by benevolent despots to nationalize and expand education is well illustrated by the events in Russia. Until the 18th century, schools in Russia were founded by ecclesiastical organizations (monasteries), the clergy (priests, deacons, readers), and private persons (boyars, or lower-level aristocrats). Boys were taught reading, writing, arithmetic, singing, and religion. A system of state-owned schools was started by Peter the Great (Peter I) as a state organization for purposes of administration and for the development of mining and industry. Peter did not intend to promote the Orthodox faith or formal classical learning, whether Greek, Latin, or Slavonic, or universal education. He created mathematical, navigation, artillery, and engineering schools for utilitarian purposes. In 1725 an Academy of Sciences with a university and a gimnaziya (secondary school) was founded at St. Petersburg. The utilitarian, secular, and scientific characteristics of Peter's schools became the dominant features of Russian education, but, as a result of the many changes of policy after Peter's death in 1725, a national system of education did not develop.

      A second attempt at nationalizing education in Russia was made by Catherine II. After many abortive schemes, Catherine issued in 1786 a statute for schools, which can be considered the first Russian education act for the whole country. According to this act, a two-year course in minor schools was to be started in every district town and a five-year course in major schools in every provincial town. Catherinian schools were also to be utilitarian, scientific, and secular. At the end of the 18th century, 254 towns had the new schools, but 250 smaller towns and the rural districts had no schools whatever.

      A third nationalizing attempt was made by Alexander I and was influenced by the disintegration of the serf system, by the development of industry and commerce, and by the ideas of the French Revolution. The new statutes (1803 and 1804) maintained the principles of utility and secular scientific instruction. The parochial schools (prikhodskiye uchilishcha) in the rural areas were to instruct the peasantry in reading, writing, arithmetic, and elements of agriculture; the district schools of urban areas (uyezdnye uchilishcha) and the provincial schools (gimnazii) were to give instruction in subjects necessary for civil servants—law, political economy, technology, and commerce. The system was state-controlled and free and formed a continuous ladder to the universities. Later conservative reactions, however, tended to blunt or reverse these reforms.

      In England the development of a “national” education took a completely different course. It was influenced not by a political but by an industrial revolution. It is true that theorists such as Adam Smith, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Robert Malthus proposed state organization of elementary-schooling, but even they wanted to see limited state influence; the state could pay the musicians but not call the tune. Not until 1802 did Parliament intervene in the development of education, when the Health and Morals of Apprentices Act required employers to educate apprentices in basic mathematics, writing, and reading. For the most part this remained only a demand, since the employers were not interested in such education.

      The reluctance on the part of the state induced several philanthropists to form educational societies, principally for the education of the poor. In 1796, for example, the Society for Bettering the Conditions of the Poor was founded. A further impulse for elementary education stemmed from the Sunday schools (Sunday school), the first of which was founded in 1780 in Gloucester; by 1785 their numbers had so increased that the Sunday School Society was founded. The lessons in such schools, however, were mainly those of Bible reading.

      The educators Andrew Bell (Bell, Andrew) and Joseph Lancaster (Lancaster, Joseph) played a major role in progress toward an elementary-school (elementary education) system. They realized that the root of the problem lay in the lack of teachers and in the lack of money to hire assistants. Therefore, first Bell developed, then Lancaster modified, the so-called monitorial system (also called the Lancasterian system), whereby a teacher used his pupils to teach one another. The use of children to teach other children was not new, but Bell and especially Lancaster took the approach and developed it into a systematic plan of education. From 200 to 1,000 children were gathered in one room and seated in rows, usually of 10 pupils each. An adult teacher taught the monitors, and then each monitor taught his row of pupils the lesson in reading, writing, arithmetic, spelling, or higher subjects. Besides monitors who taught, there were, in Lancaster's system, monitors to take attendance, give examinations, issue supplies, and so on; school activity was to be directed with military precision; the emphasis was on drill and memorization. The system and the publicity connected with it expanded the efforts toward mass education, even though, pedagogically (pedagogy), the whole process was so routinized and formalized that opportunities for creative thinking or initiative scarcely existed.

Heinz-Jürgen Ipfling J.J. Chambliss

European offshoots in the New World
Spanish and Portuguese America
      With the Spanish conquerors of the New World (colonialism, Western), the conquistadores, came friars and priests (mission) who immediately settled down to educate the Indians and convert them. Because there was little separation of church and state, the Roman Catholic church (Roman Catholicism) assumed complete control of elementary education, and the early Franciscan and Dominican friars were followed by Augustinians, Jesuits, and Mercedarians.

      The first elementary school in the New World was organized in Mexico by the Franciscan Pedro de Gante in 1523 in Texcoco, followed in 1525 by a similar school in San Francisco. Because such schools in Mexico were designed for Indian (Middle American Indian) children, the monks learned the native languages and taught reading, writing, simple arithmetic, singing, and the catechism. The schools of the hospicio of the bishop Vasco de Quiroga in Michoacán added agriculture, trades, and crafts to their curriculum.

       mestizo children, the issue of Spanish and Indian parents, were often abandoned; thus, special institutions appeared to collect and educate them—for example, the Girls' School and the School of San Juan de Letrán, founded by Viceroy Mendoza in New Spain, and the Bethlehemite schools of Guatemala and Mexico.

      In the beginning, children of Spaniards born in the colonies, called Creoles (Creole), had tutors. Eventually, schools promoted by cabildos (municipal authorities) emerged.

      During the 18th century the Enlightenment came to Latin America (Latin America, history of), and with it a more secular and widespread education. Among famous projects were those of Viceroy Vertiz y Salcedo in Argentina and two model schools, free for children of the poor, by Archbishop Francos y Monroy in Guatemala. In New Spain the College of the Vizcainas (1767) became the first all-girl lay institution.

      Because of the social structure, riches and administrative privilege were held by an elite, the Creoles, and secondary education was specially organized to serve them. Originally, secondary schools existed only in the monasteries, but when the Jesuits (Jesuit) arrived in the late 1560s they founded important colegios (secondary institutions) to prepare students who wanted to enter the universities. There also existed a few special colegios for the Indian (Mesoamerican Indian) nobility, such as the outstanding Santa Cruz de Tlaltelolco (1536) in Mexico and San Andres in Quito, both founded by the Franciscans for liberal arts studies. The Jesuits also established schools for the Indians, including El Príncipe (1619) in Lima and San Borja in Cuzco. All these schools were eventually closed because of the jealousy of the Spanish bureaucracy.

      Though the Dominicans and Franciscans had been pioneers in education, the Jesuits became the most important teachers. They offered an efficient education, molded to contemporary requirements, in boarding schools, where the elite of the Spaniards born in the Americas studied. When their order was expelled in 1767, education was dealt a severe blow. In Portuguese Brazil, where the expulsion edict had been issued eight years earlier and where they had been the only educators, the royal chancellor was forced to make feeble attempts toward organizing a secular education. The Spanish king Charles III also took advantage of the occasion and founded some new institutions—the Academy of San Carlos, the School of Mining in Mexico, the Royal College of San Carlos in Buenos Aires—and modernized others.

      Traditionally, Spanish universities (university) had been organized on the model either of Paris or of Bologna. The former was a universitas magistrorum, governed by professors organized in faculties, whereas the latter, as a universitas scholarium, received its corporate authority from the student body organized into “nations” that elected leaders to whom even the professors were subject. In 1551 the Council of the Indies authorized the founding of the first American universities, one in Mexico and one in Lima (Peru); academic government was placed in the hands of a claustro, or faculty, composed of the rector, the teachers, and the professors. Dedicated to general studies, the universities required a papal as well as a royal authorization.

      The Royal Pontifical University of Mexico was the first to open its doors, in 1553. In the Spanish colonies eventually 10 major and 15 minor universities came into existence. The latter were actually colleges—nine Jesuit, four Dominican, one Franciscan, and one Augustinian—which, because they were located far from the closest university (minimally 200 miles), were given special authorization to grant higher degrees. In Brazil no university existed, and Portuguese born in the colony had to go to Portugal for study.

      Though in Spain itself law reigned supreme, in the Americas theology became the principal chair. Teaching was in scholastic mode: it began with the reading of a classical text; then the professor explained the thesis or proposition and offered arguments pro and contra so that a conclusion in accord with Roman Catholic dogma would result.

Josefina Zoraida Vázquez

French Québec (Quebec)
      Soon after the founding of the Québec (Canada) colony in 1608, the first organized educational activity began with missionary work among the Indians (Native American), carried on mainly by members of the Récollet and Jesuit orders and, from 1639, by Ursuline nuns. The first mission “school” recorded was that of Pacifique du Plessis, established in 1616 in Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers).

      Christian efforts among the Indians were only a dimension of the religious purposes that framed educational activity in Old World France. Roman Catholic social philosophy allowed no compromise in the spiritual direction of education, and both in informal socialization patterns and in what formal provisions existed the doctrine and aim of religion coincided with that of education. At the general level, education was intended to produce religious conformation in thought and behaviour; at the higher level, education was to produce a progeny of clerical leadership. The paternalistic authority of church and monarch was carried from the Old to the New World, where it perhaps became even more pervasive, due to the initial absence of alternative institutional developments. In education, the exclusive role of the state (though not insignificant) was confined to financial subsidization. Authority for the institution of education was vested in the bishop of Québec.

      Most of the nonreligious functions now associated with formal education were, in the 17th and 18th centuries, carried in other institutional sectors: the family, the community, the vocation. Just as there was no sharp break between church and school in formal learning, there was an easy transition between the information and behaviour necessary for work and life as transmitted in the course of various socialization experiences. Thus, the self-sustaining and isolated life of the farmers, the wild and solitary ways of the coureurs de bois (fur traders), the miniature of European manners and customs established in the cities by the gentry—all contained within their own cycle the educative procedures for life in that society. Education as a separate institution was understandably associated with learning not related to the business of life.

      Institutional forms found in French colonial Québec included parish schools, girls' schools, secondary schools, and vocational schools; and literacy records indicate that the provision for education was in sum comparable to that in the Old World. Parish or common schools were irregularly provided to afford the rudiments of literacy and religion. Because of the relative sparseness of educational resources, social classes were frequently mixed in these schools. Girls' schools were established in Québec City by the Ursulines from 1642 and by the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre Dame from 1659, with a rudimentary curriculum but including a characteristic “finishing” of social graces appropriate to the French-Canadian girl. Vocational training was probably of least concern in this early period, but specific attempts to institutionalize this educational area were begun as early as 1668 with the establishment of the School for Arts and Trades in Saint Joachim, for instruction in agriculture and certain trades.

      Secondary education was offered by the Jesuits (Jesuit) from 1636. The Jesuit college, offering early training for eventual entrance into the priesthood, was conducted along characteristically Jesuit lines: militaristic discipline in conduct, unequivocal authority in method, classical curriculum in content. The classical curriculum pattern, comprising basically Latin, Greek, mathematics, philosophy, and theology, was to be essentially preserved in the French-Canadian development of collèges classiques for secondary education.

      In 1663 Bishop Laval (Laval, François de Montmorency) established in the city of Québec the grand séminaire as the apex of the educational “system,” as the first French-Canadian “university.” Shortly thereafter, he also established the preparatory petit séminaire.

      Following the cession of Québec to Britain in 1763, education fell prey to political and cultural disruption. Although the British military and colonial government attempted to preserve the structure of French civil and religious institutions, the cultural integrity of the system was inevitably broken. Financial grants from France for education discontinued and were not replaced by the British government; recruitment to religious orders was restricted; and educational development was obstructed by the continual association of educational plans with cultural-religious controversies. The end of the 18th century saw French-Canadian education fall backward into neglect.

Robert Frederic Lawson

British America (United States)

      The year 1630, chronicled in New England annals as the beginning of the Great Migration, witnessed the founding there of Puritanism as the established religion. Rejecting democracy and toleration as unscriptural, the Puritans put their trust in a theocracy of the elect that brooked no divergence from Puritan orthodoxy. So close was the relation between state and church that an offense against the one was an offense against the other and, in either case, “treason to the Lord Jesus.” The early Puritans also put their confidence in centralized church governance; however, geographic reality forced them to settle for a localized, congregational administration, for impossible roads made land travel over any distance onerous and even dangerous, and thus the focal point of social and political life had to be the village. Small and constricted, a place where the vital necessities, sacred and profane, were within walking range of all and where one's conduct was exposed to constant public watch, the New England village was the prime mover of communal life.

      In Puritan moral theology the young, like the old, were sinners doomed by almost insurmountable odds to perdition. To God, indeed, even infants were depraved, unregenerate, and damned. Hence, the sooner the young learned the ground rules of the good society, as revealed in the Bible, the better. The task of teaching them first befell the parents. Later, when they were old enough, the burden was conferred upon the school. The first secondary school was probably the Boston Latin School. Founded in 1635, it was modeled on the grammar schools of England, which is to say that it put an overwhelming emphasis on the ancient languages and “humane learning and good literature.” By the 1640s the idea of town-supported schooling had lost its novelty.

      If towns braved the first steps in education, then the Commonwealth of Massachusetts did not trail far behind. In 1642 it ordered parents and masters of apprentices to see to it that their charges were instructed in reading, religion, and the colony's principal laws. Five years later, the General Court reinforced this enactment with yet another. Aimed at the “old deluder Satan,” it undertook to thwart him from keeping “men from a knowledge of the Scriptures,” by requiring every township of 50 households to commission someone to teach reading and writing. The law also directed towns of 100 families to furnish instruction in Latin grammar so that youth might be “fitted for the university.” Finally, the measure required teachers to be paid by “parents or masters . . . or by the inhabitants in general.” The measure was given only a pallid obedience, but its assumption that the state may compel the schooling of its young and that in order to support education it may impose taxes is pertinent to subsequent times.

      The first colonists had scarcely settled when in 1636 the General Court appropriated £400 “towards a school or college.” When two years later John Harvard (Harvard University) died and left the institution his library and some £800, the grateful founders honoured their school with his name. Designed to train youth for important Puritan places, particularly in the ministry, the college accepted only those who could read, write, and speak Latin in prose and verse, besides knowing Greek nouns and verbs familiarly. Once admitted, the student was lodged at the college, pledged to a blameless behaviour, and put upon a prescribed four-year course of grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, ethics, ancient history, Greek, and Hebrew. If he weathered these hazards, he was made a bachelor of arts (B.A.), and, if ambition still roweled him, he could enroll for another three years to become a master of arts (M.A.).

      So things sat until the century's passing. Then, swayed by the intellectual breezes of Europe's Enlightenment, Harvard College ventured some earnest renovation. Its texts, cobwebbed with Aristotelianism, were replaced with newer ones by Locke and Sir Isaac Newton. In 1718 it added mathematics and sciences to its offerings, and 20 years later it enriched itself with a professorship of mathematics and natural philosophy. There were the usual grumblings from conservatives, and in 1701 a number of Congregational parsons, all Harvard sons, distressed by their alma mater's dalliance in newfangled ideas, inaugurated the collegiate school of Connecticut, now Yale University.

The new academies
      Disdainful of the challenging intellectual values, the secondary schools continued in their classical tracks. By the 18th century, however, their tradition was playing out, especially among the rising nabobs of the marketplace. When the old schools failed to respond to their demands for an education calculated to prepare their sons for everyday living, they resorted to private schooling. From such endeavour emerged the academy. The first school of strictly native provenance, it made its advent in 1751 in Philadelphia (the Philadelphia Academy (Pennsylvania, University of)), the work in the main of Benjamin Franklin (Franklin, Benjamin). What differentiated it from its classical antecedent was its promotion of “useful learning,” to wit, the vernacular, modern languages, history, geography, chronology, navigation, mathematics, natural and applied science, and the like.

      The first academies addressed themselves solely to boys, but time saw them vouchsafe instruction to girls in a “female department,” which in turn gave way to the “female academy,” whose curriculum reflected debates of the time about female education. Fine arts, domestic subjects, and training for occupations open to women were included, though some female educators stressed intellectual attainment rather than practical learning.

      Private ventures always, academies generally were not loath to solicit outside assistance—some, indeed, as in New York, enjoyed a public subsidy. Whatever their special character, to their very end they maintained their original purpose of bringing education into closer consonance with “the great and the real business of living,” as Phillips Academy of Andover, Massachusetts, phrased it when, in 1778, it held its first sessions.

The middle colonies
      The religious uniformity that marked the Puritan theocracy was missing in the middle colonies. From New York through Delaware there flourished a host of sects whose scriptural interpretations were diverse—often, in fact, in collision. Nor was there even the tie of a common language, for the settlers came from many lands. Divergent in religion and language, the bedrock in those times of elementary schooling, the middle colonists could not accommodate themselves, as did the Puritans, to a single school teaching reading and religion to all the children of the neighbourhood. Instead, they depended on parish or parochial schools, each of them free to teach by its own denominational lights. True, for a time New Netherland, with its established Dutch Reformed church, maintained some town schools, but, after the English seized the colony (renaming it New York), such endeavours ceased. Pennsylvania, linguistically and denominationally the most heterogeneous of the colonies, began its educational history by ordering the erection of public schools and the instruction of children. But the ordinance fell prey to powerful sectarian antagonisms, and in 1701 the colony essayed to make peace by sanctioning the establishment of parochial schools.

      Like the New Englanders, the middle colonists aspired to establish colleges, but, with no friendly lawmakers to sustain them, they found their task heavily hobbled, and the mid-1700s were upon them before their hopes materialized with the advent, in 1746, of the College of New Jersey (Princeton (Princeton University)). There followed King's College (Columbia (Columbia University)) in 1754; the College and Academy of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, University of)) in 1755; and Queen's College (Rutgers) in 1766. Common to these schools was their stress on the ancient languages, metaphysics, and divine science. At the same time, however, one discerns signs of a new liberalism. Both Rutgers (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) and Columbia announced their interdenominationalism. Pennsylvania offered courses in physics, and in 1765 it became the first colonial college to sponsor systematic instruction in medicine.

The Southern colonies (South, the)
      Unlike New Englanders, Southerners resided not in villages but on widely scattered plantations. For years, town life was impossible and so, per consequence, were town schools. But even had their establishment been feasible, the odds against them were staggering, since the ruling classes, like their analogues overseas in England, were averse to schooling the young under governmental direction. Instead, they regarded education as a personal concern, the affair of parent and church rather than of the state. Left thus to their own devices, Southerners schooled their young to suit their taste, the rich resorting to tutors and private schools and the rest scratching out an education as best they could. Time saw the appearance of a number of free schools serving those who were neither rich nor poor. For the offspring of the low-down and unregarded folk, Virginia enacted its law of 1642. An echo of England's Poor Law, it provided for the “relief of such parents whose poverty extends not to give them [the children] breeding.” For this purpose it ordered the creation of a “workhouse school” at James City to which each county was to commit two children of an age of six or over. There, besides being reared as Anglicans, they were to be “instructed in honest and profitable trades and manufactures as also to avoid sloth and idleness.” Amended several times, the statute became the model for similar legislation throughout the South.

      The first Southern college (university) was founded in Virginia in 1693. William and Mary College (William and Mary, College of) was chartered to propagate the “Liberal Arts and the Christian Faith,” with particular stress on preparing young men for the Anglican pulpit. As the 18th century swept on, the secular interest that had invaded Harvard appeared in Virginia, and there ensued a waning of the earlier religious motivation. In 1779, led by Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson, Thomas), the college trustees refurbished the school with chairs in medicine, mathematics, physics, moral philosophy, economics, law, and politics. The chair in divinity was discontinued as “incompatible with freedom in a republic.”

Adolphe Erich Meyer Robert Frederic Lawson

Newfoundland (Newfoundland and Labrador) and the Maritime Provinces.
      Newfoundland was, during most of this period, under British control, and, though there were settlers even before the 17th century, the island was not considered a settlement colony. Other than for naval training and fishing advantages, the British government had no concern for Newfoundland. Thus, policies were constructed with regard to the rights and advantages of British seamen, while, implicitly as well as in overt regulations, settlement was obstructed and restricted. Destruction from the running French-British military conflicts further discouraged development. These conditions of economic and political diminution of the settlement from outside were aggravated by the usurious conduct of merchants and the corruption of officials and by the national and religious divisions among the inhabitants themselves.

      With such substantial problems of mere survival in Newfoundland, it is not surprising that the luxury of formal education was almost absent during this period. Some accounts verify that informal, unorganized efforts were made on an occasional basis to convey minimum schooling to settlers' children, but the only organized effort was that of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPGFP). The SPGFP founded or aided a school in Bonavista in 1722 and in St. John's in 1744 and sponsored schools in more than 20 settlements between 1766 and 1824. Religion was undoubtedly more important than education as such to the society, but its provision of reading materials as well as the mere act of establishing some kind of school filled a notable void in the Newfoundland settlement. Other charitable societies, such as the Society for Improving the Condition of the Poor in St. John's, the Benevolent Irish Society, the Newfoundland School Society (later the Colonial and Continental Church Society), the Wesleyan Society, the Sisters of the Presentation, the Sisters of Mercy, and the Irish Christian Brothers, carried the charity-school (charity school) work into the 19th century and maintained a thread of education through the colonial “dark ages.”

      For a time after 1763 the Maritimes (Maritime Provinces) were all one colony— Nova Scotia—but Prince Edward Island was separated in 1769 and New Brunswick in 1784. This area comprised a heterogeneous population of French Acadians, English Protestants and others from Europe, Highland Scots, and loyalists from the United States. Each of these groups carried attitudes more or less favourable to education, and the regionalization of these attitudes, together with other conditions, influenced the differential development of education in the area. At the end of the 18th century, for example, New Brunswick, with a high loyalist population promoting political and educational development, probably ranked highest among the Maritime colonies in educational interest.

      The first relatively organized attempt at common schooling in the Maritimes was made by the SPGFP, closely connected to the Church of England. The society opened both weekday and Sunday schools, and it might be said that it fostered teacher training in stipulating qualifications for its teachers. Other than SPGFP schools, education in the Maritime colonies was carried on by itinerant teachers and in scattered private-venture schools. Schools for separate ethnic or religious groups were discouraged by the Anglicans, but consistent pressure for such schools did succeed, at least temporarily; for example, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and in Sydney, on Cape Breton Island. A school for blacks was established in Halifax in 1788.

      Upper schools were established only toward the end of the 18th century in the Maritimes. As they were established singularly and recruited from a social class rather than from a lower school, there is no clear line of demarcation among the various types as there would be later in an integrated system. Basically, they were Anglican and classical, although the private schools, advertising to as wide a clientele as possible, often included some breadth, extending into practical studies. Probably the most influential of the early attempts were the two Latin grammar schools founded in 1788 and 1789 at Windsor and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The former became associated with King's College, established in Windsor at the same time. Thomas McCulloch's Academy at Pictou, Nova Scotia, and the College of New Brunswick at Fredericton, both founded around the turn of the century, were also early exemplars of higher education.

Robert Frederic Lawson

Western education in the 19th century

The social and historical setting
      From the mid-17th century to the closing years of the 18th century, new social, economic, and intellectual forces steadily quickened—forces that in the late 18th and the 19th centuries would weaken and, in many cases, end the old aristocratic absolutism. The European expansion to new worlds overseas had stimulated commercial rivalry. The new trade had increased national wealth and encouraged a sharp rise in the numbers and influence of the middle classes. These social and economic transformations, joined with technological changes involving the steam engine and the factory system, together produced industrialism, urbanization, and the beginnings of mass labour. At the same time, intellectuals and philosophers were assaulting economic abuses, old unjust privileges, misgovernment, and intolerance. Their ideas, which carried a new emphasis on the worth of the individual—the citizen rather than the subject—helped not only to inspire political revolutions, sometimes successful, sometimes unsuccessful, but, more important, to make it impossible for any government, even the most reactionary, to disregard for long the welfare of the common man. Finally, there was a widespread psychological change: man's confidence in his power to use resources, master nature, and structure his own future was heightened beyond anything known before; and this confidence on a national scale—in the form of nationalism—moved all groups to struggle for the freedom to direct their own affairs.

      All these trends influenced the progress of education. One of the most significant results was the gradual acceptance of the view that education ought to be the responsibility of the state. Some countries, such as France and Germany, were inspired by a mixture of national aspiration and ideology to begin the establishment of public educational systems early in the 19th century. Others, such as Great Britain and the United States, under the spell of laissez-faire, hesitated longer before allowing the government to intervene in educational affairs. The school reformers in these countries had to combat the prevailing notion that “free schools” were to be provided only for pauper children, if at all; and they had to convince society that general taxation upon the whole community was the only adequate way to provide education for all the children of all the people.

      The new social and economic changes also called upon the schools, public and private, to broaden their aims and curricula. Schools were expected not only to promote literacy, mental discipline, and good moral character but also to help prepare children for citizenship, for jobs, and for individual development and success. Although teaching (pedagogy) methods remained oriented toward textbook memorizing and strict discipline, a more sympathetic attitude toward children began to appear. As the numbers of pupils grew rapidly, individual methods of “hearing recitations” by children began to give way to group methods. The monitorial (monitorial system), or Lancasterian, system became popular because, in the effort to overcome the shortage of teachers during the quick expansion of education, it enabled one teacher to use older children to act as monitors in teaching specific lessons to younger children in groups. Similarly, the practice of dividing children into grades or classes according to their ages—a practice that began in 18th-century Germany—was to spread everywhere as schools grew larger.

The early reform movement: the new educational philosophers
      The late 18th and 19th centuries represent a period of great activity in reformulating educational principles, and there was a ferment of new ideas, some of which in time wrought a transformation in school and classroom. The influence of Rousseau (Rousseau, Jean-Jacques) was profound and inestimable. One of his most famous followers was Pestalozzi, who believed that children's nature, rather than the structure of the arts and sciences, should be the starting point of education. Rousseauist ideas are seen also in the work of Friedrich Froebel, who emphasized self-activity as the central feature of childhood education, and in that of Johann Friedrich Herbart, perhaps the most influential 19th-century thinker in the development of pedagogy as a science.

      The theories of the Swiss (Switzerland) reformer Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (Pestalozzi, Johann Heinrich) laid much of the foundation of modern elementary education. Beginning as a champion of the underprivileged, he established near Zürich in 1774 an orphanage in which he attempted to teach neglected children the rudiments of agriculture and simple trades in order that they might lead productive, self-reliant lives. A few years later the enterprise failed, and Pestalozzi turned to writing, producing his chief work on method, How Gertrude Teaches Her Children, in 1801, and then began teaching again. Finally in 1805 he founded at Yverdon his famous boarding school, which flourished for 20 years, was attended by students from every country in Europe, and was visited by many important figures of the time, including the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte, the educators Froebel and Herbart, and the geographer Carl Ritter.

The pedagogy of Pestalozzi
      In spite of the quantity of his writings, it cannot be said that Pestalozzi ever wrote a complete and systematic account of his principles and methods; an outline of his theories must be deduced from his various writings and his work. The foundation of his doctrine was that education (learning) should be organic, meaning that intellectual, moral, and physical education (or, in his words, development of “head, heart, and body”) should be integrated and that education should draw upon the faculties or “self-power” inherent in the human being. Education should be literally a drawing-out of this self-power, a development of abilities through activity—in the physical field by encouraging manual work and exercises, in the moral field by stimulating the habit of moral actions, and in the intellectual field by eliciting the correct use of the senses in observing concrete things accurately and making judgments upon them. Words, ideas, practices, and morals have meaning only when related to concrete things.

      From these overarching principles there followed certain practical rules of educational method. First, experience must precede symbolism. There must be an emphasis on object lessons that acquaint the child with the realities of life; from these lessons abstract thought is developed. What one does is a means to what one knows. This means that the program should be child-centred, not subject-centred. The teacher is to offer help by participating with the child in his activities and should strive to know the nature of the child in order to determine the details of his education. This means that the stages of education must be related to the stages of child development. Finally, intellectual, moral, and physical activities should be as one.

      Much of Pestalozzi's pedagogy was influenced by his work with children of the poor. Thus, there was a strong emphasis on education in the home. The development of skills was emphasized, not for their own sake, but in connection with intellectual and moral growth. Manual training was important for the head and heart, as well as for the hand. Whereas the reformers of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution stressed the “emancipation” of the lower classes, Pestalozzi aimed at helping poor people to help themselves. This was social reform, not social revolution.

The influence of Pestalozzi
      “The art of education,” Pestalozzi claimed, “must be significantly raised in all its facets to become a science that is to be built on and proceeds from the deepest knowledge of human nature.” By his own efforts in this direction, he stimulated pedagogical theory and practice to an enormous degree in many parts of the Western world. By his philanthropic efforts on behalf of the poor, he inspired new movements toward the reform of philanthropic educational institutions and the pedagogy applied to such institutions; he created a new methodology for elementary education that was introduced not only into schools but also into programs of teacher education in Europe and America; and by his own example he gave teachers a high professional ethos. Pestalozzi, like few others at any time, recognized and sincerely tried to alter the misery existing in the world. If the Enlightenment saw its pedagogical mission as the spreading of the light of reason, then Pestalozzi showed that it was not reason alone but love above all that would show a way out of the “mire of the world.”

      It is hardly possible to name all of Pestalozzi's disciples—the Pestalozzians—for almost all the pedagogical figures of his time literally or figuratively went to his school. His influence was most profound in Germany, especially in Prussia and Saxony. Generally speaking, in the first half of the 19th century the English school system was completely under the influence of the disciplinarian monitorial systems of Bell and Lancaster. Pestalozzi for most Englishmen was “a distressing type of the German” and “an idealistic dreamer,” as some critics put it. Nevertheless, he exercised some influence in England through James Pierrepont Greaves and the London Infant School Society and through Charles and Elizabeth Mayo and the Home and Colonial School Society. In the United States Pestalozzianism was introduced by a Philadelphia scientist and philanthropist, William Maclure, one of the sponsors of the utopian colony at New Harmony, Ind., and by Joseph Neef, who opened a school near Philadelphia.

      In Switzerland itself, in Hofwil near Bern, Philipp Emanuel von Fellenberg (Fellenberg, Philipp Emanuel von) founded an institution for the education of the poor. He tried to build up a kind of pedagogical province or miniature state, in which work was the means of self-help and in which the pedagogical program was the joint responsibility of teachers and pupils.

Froebel and the kindergarten movement
      Next to Pestalozzi (Germany), perhaps the most gifted of early 19th-century educators was Froebel (Froebel, Friedrich), the founder of the kindergarten movement and a theorist on the importance of constructive play and self-activity in early childhood. He was an intensely religious man who tended toward pantheism and has been called a nature mystic. Throughout his life he achieved very little literary fame, partly because of the style of his prose and philosophy, which is so academic and obscure that it is difficult to read and sometimes scarcely comprehensible.

      In early life, Froebel tried various kinds of employment until in 1805 he met Anton Gruner, a disciple of Pestalozzi and director of the normal school at Frankfurt am Main, who persuaded him to become a teacher. After two years with Gruner, he visited Pestalozzi at Yverdon, studied at Göttingen and Berlin, and eventually determined upon establishing his own school, founded on what he considered to be psychological bases. The result in 1816 was the Universal German Educational Institute at Griesheim, transferred the following year to Keilhau, which constituted a kind of educational community for Froebel, his friends, and their wives and children. To this period belongs The Education of Man (1826), his most important treatise, though typical of his obscurantism. In 1831 he was again in Switzerland, where he opened a school, an orphanage, and a teacher-training course. Finally, in 1837, upon returning to Keilhau, he opened his first Kindergarten, or “garden of children,” in nearby Bad Blankenburg. The experiment attracted wide interest, and other kindergartens were started and flourished, despite some political opposition.

The pedagogy of Froebel
      Froebel's pedagogical ideas have a mystical and metaphysical context. He viewed man as a child of God, of nature, and of humanity who must learn to understand his own unity, diversity, and individuality, corresponding to this threefold aspect of his being. On the other hand, man must understand the unity of all things (the pantheistic element).

Education consists of leading man, as a thinking, intelligent being, growing into self-consciousness, to a pure and unsullied, conscious and free representation of the inner law of Divine Unity, and in teaching him ways and means thereto.

      Education had two aspects: the teacher was to remove hindrances to the self-development or “self-activity” of the child, but he was also to correct deviations from what man's experience has taught is right and best. Education is thus both “dictating and giving way.” This means that ordinarily a teacher should not intervene and impose mandatory education, but when a child, particularly a child of kindergarten age, is restless, tearful, or willful, the teacher must seek the underlying reason and try to eradicate the uncovered hindrance to the child's creative development. Most important, the teacher's dictating and giving way should not flow from the mood and caprices of the teacher. Behaviour should be measured according to a “third force” between teacher and child, a Christian idea of goodness and truth.

      School, for Froebel, was not an “establishment for the acquisition of a greater or lesser variety of external knowledge”; actually, he thought children were instructed in things they do not need. School instead should be the place to which the pupil comes to know the “inner relationship of things,” “things” meaning God, man, nature, and their unity. The subjects followed from this: religion, language and art, natural history, and the knowledge of form. In all these subjects the lessons should appeal to the pupil's interests. It is clear that, in Froebel's view, the school is to concern itself not primarily with the transmission of knowledge but with the development of character and the provision of the right motivation to learn.

      Froebel put great emphasis on play in child education. Just like work and lessons, games or play should serve to realize the child's inner destiny. Games (children's game) are not idle time wasting; they are “the most important step in the development of a child,” and they are to be watched by the teachers as clues to how the child is developing. Froebel was especially interested in the development of toys (toy) for children—what he called “gifts,” devised to stimulate learning through well-directed play. These gifts, or playthings, included balls, globes, dice, cylinders, collapsible dice, shapes of wood to be put together, paper to be folded, strips of paper, rods, beads, and buttons. The aim was to develop elemental judgment distinguishing form, colour, separation and association, grouping, matching, and so on. When, through the teacher's guidance, the gifts are properly experienced, they connect the natural inner unity of the child to the unity of all things: e.g., the sphere gives the child a sense of unlimited continuity, the cylinder a sense both of continuity and of limitation. Even the practice of sitting in a circle symbolizes the way in which each individual, while a unity in itself, is a living part of a larger unity. The child is to feel that his nature is actually joined with the larger nature of things.

The kindergarten movement
      The kindergarten was unique for its time. Whereas the first institutions for small children that earlier appeared in Holland, Germany, and England had been welfare nursery schools or day-care centres intended merely for looking after children while parents worked, Froebel stood for the socializing or educational idea of providing, as he put it in founding his kindergarten, “a school for the psychological training of little children by means of play and occupations.” The school, that is, was to have a purpose for the children, not the adults. The curriculum consisted chiefly of three types of activities: (1) playing with the “gifts,” or toys, and engaging in other occupations designed to familiarize children with inanimate things, (2) playing games and singing songs for the purpose not only of exercising the limbs and voice but also of instilling a spirit of humanity and nature, and (3) gardening and caring for animals in order to induce sympathy for plants and animals. All this was to be systematic activity.

      The kindergarten plan to meet the educational needs of children between the ages of four and six or seven through the agency of play thereafter gained widespread acceptance. During the 25 years after Froebel's death in 1852, kindergartens were established in leading cities of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Hungary, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States. In Great Britain the term infant school was retained for the kindergarten plan, and in some other countries the term crèche has been used.

      Johann Friedrich Herbart (Herbart, Johann Friedrich) was a contemporary of Froebel and other German Romanticists, but he can hardly be put into the ranks of such pedagogues. During his lifetime his sober, systematic “philosophical realism” found little approval; and only posthumously, during the latter half of the 19th century, did his work achieve great importance. He is regarded as one of the founders of theoretical pedagogy, injecting both metaphysics and psychology into the study of how people learn (learning).

The psychology and pedagogy of Herbart
      As a young man of 18, Herbart had studied at the University of Jena under the idealist philosopher Fichte. It was a long while before he broke from the spell of Fichte's teachings and turned to philosophical realism, which asserts that underlying the world of appearances there is a plurality of things or “reals.” Change consists simply in the alteration in the relations between these reals, which resist the changed relationships as a matter of self-preservation.

      Ideas, like things, always exist and always resist change and seek self-preservation. It is true that some ideas may be driven below the threshold of consciousness; but the excluded ideas continue to exist in an unconscious form and tend, on the removal of obstacles (as through education), to return spontaneously to consciousness. In the consciousness there are ideas attracting other ideas so as to form complex systems. These idea masses correspond to the many interests of the individual (such as his home and his hobbies) and to broader philosophical and religious concepts and values. In the course of mental development certain constellations of ideas acquire a permanent dominance that exercises a powerful selective facilitating influence upon the ideas struggling to enter or reenter the consciousness.

      In his systematic account of the nature of education, Herbart conceived the process as beginning with the idea masses that the child has previously acquired from experience and from social intercourse. The teacher creates knowledge from the former and sympathy from the latter. The ultimate objective is the formation of character by the development of an enlightened will, capable of making judgments of right and wrong. Moral judgments (like reals) are absolute, springing from contemplation, incapable of proof and not requiring proof. ethics, in other words, is the ultimate focus of pedagogy.

      In the classroom, it is the aim of the lessons to introduce new conceptions, to bind them together, and to order them. Herbart speaks of “articulation,” a systematic method of constructing correct, or moral, idea masses in the student's mind. First the student becomes involved in a particular problem; then he considers its context. Each of these two stages has a phase of rest and of progress, and thus there are four stages of articulation: (1) clarification, or the static contemplation of particular conceptions, (2) association, or the dynamic linking of new conceptions with old ones, (3) systematization, or the static ordering and modification of what in the conceptions are deemed of value, and (4) methodization, or the dynamic application and recognition of what has been learned. Herbart phrased this system of instruction only in very general terms, but his successors tended to turn this framework into a rigid schedule that had to be applied to every lesson. Herbart himself warned:

We must be familiar with them [the methods], try them out according to circumstances, alter, find new ones, and extemporize; only we must not be swallowed up in them nor seek the salvation of education there.

The Herbartians
      Herbart's basing of educational methods on an understanding of mental processes or psychological considerations, his view that psychology and moral philosophy are linked, and his idea that instruction is the means to moral judgment had a large place in late 19th-century pedagogical thought. Among Herbart's followers were Tuiskon Ziller (Ziller, Tuiskon) in Leipzig (who was the founder of the Association for Scientific Pedagogy) and Wilhelm Rein in Jena. From 1895 to 1901 a National Herbart Society for the Scientific Study of Education flourished in the United States; John Dewey was a major critic of Herbartianism in its proceedings.

      Ziller's ideas are representative of the Herbartians. He insisted that all parts of the curriculum be closely integrated and unified—history and religion forming the core subjects on which everything else was hinged. The sequence of instruction was to be adjusted to the psychological development of the individual, which was seen as corresponding to the cultural evolution of mankind in stages from primitive savagery to civilization. His main aim in education, like the aim of most Herbartians, was promoting character building, not simply knowledge accumulation.

Other German theorists
      In the history of pedagogy there is no period of such fruitfulness as the 19th century in Germany. In addition to Herbart, Froebel, Pestalozzi (in German Switzerland), and their followers, there were scores of the most important writers, philosophers, and theologians contributing their ideas on education—including Friedrich Schiller, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, G.W.F. Hegel, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, Ernst Moritz Arndt, and Friedrich Nietzsche. To list the many ideas and contributions of these figures and others is impossible here, but it is worthwhile to suggest briefly the work of three men—Johann Gottlieb Fichte (Fichte, Johann Gottlieb), Friedrich Schleiermacher, and Wilhelm von Humboldt—representing three divergent views.

      When the great heterodox University of Berlin (Humboldt University of Berlin) was founded in 1809, Fichte became one of its foremost professors and a year later its second rector, having already achieved fame throughout Germany as an idealist philosopher and fervent nationalist. At a time when Napoleon had humbled Prussia, Fichte in Berlin delivered the powerful Addresses to the German Nation (1807–08), full of practical views on national recovery and glory, including suggestions on the complete reorganization of the German schools along Pestalozzian lines. All children would be educated—and would be educated by the state. Boys and girls (coeducation) would be taught together, receiving virtually the same education. There would be manual training in agriculture and the industrial arts, physical training, and mental training, the aim of which would be not simply the transmission of measures of knowledge but rather the instillation of intellectual curiosity and love and charity toward all men. Unlike Pestalozzi, however, Fichte was wary of the influence of parents and preferred educating children in a “separate and independent community,” at least until a new generation of parents had arisen, educated in the new ideas and ideals. Here was an apparent revival of Plato's idea of a strictly ordered, authoritarian state.

      Another of the founders of the University of Berlin (teaching there from 1810 to 1834) was the Protestant theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher (Schleiermacher, Friedrich), who sounded a very modern note by offering a social interpretation of education. Education, in his view, was an effort on the part of the older generation to “deliver” the younger generation into the four spheres of life—church, state, social life, and science. Education, however, not only assumes its organization in terms of these four areas of life but also serves to develop and influence these areas.

      Perhaps more than any other individual, the philologist and diplomat Wilhelm von Humboldt (Humboldt, Wilhelm, Baron von) was responsible for the founding of the University of Berlin. Supported by the king of Prussia, Frederick William III, he adopted for it principles that raised it to a foremost place among the universities of the world—the most important principle being that no teacher or student need adhere to any particular creed or school of thought. This academic freedom survived in Germany despite its temporary suspension and Humboldt's dismissal by a reactionary Prussian government in 1819. Philosophically and pedagogically, Humboldt was himself a humanist (humanism)—a part of a wave of what were called new humanists—who reasserted the importance of studying the classical achievements of humanity in language, literature, philosophy, and history. The aim of education in these terms was not the service of society or the state but rather the cultivation of the individual.

French theorists
      At this time there were two men in France who were making their names through the introduction of new methods—Jean-Joseph Jacotot (Jacotot, Jean-Joseph) and Édouard Séguin. Jacotot was a high-school teacher, politician, and pedagogue, whose main educational interests focused on the teaching of foreign languages. “You learn a foreign language,” he said, “as you learn your mother-language.” The pupil is confronted with a foreign language; he learns a text in the language almost by heart, compares it with a text in his own native language, and then tries gradually to free himself from the comparison of texts and to construct new combinations of words. The teacher controls this learning by asking questions. “My method is to learn one book and relate all the others to it.” The learning of grammar came later.

      Jacotot's method emphasized first the practical side and then the rule, constant repetition, and self-activity on the part of the pupils. Controversy arose, however, over his two basic theses: (1) that everyone has the same intelligence, differences in learning success being only a case of differences in industry and stamina, and (2) that everything is in everything: “Tout est dans tout,” which suggests that any subject or book is analogous to any other.

      The doctor and psychologist Édouard Séguin (Séguin, Edouard) developed a pedagogy (special education) for pupils of below-average intelligence. Historically, scientific attempts to educate mentally retarded children had begun with the efforts of a French doctor, Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard (Itard, Jean-Marc-Gaspard), during the latter part of the 18th century. In his classic book, The Wild Boy of Aveyron (1801), Itard related his five-year effort to train and educate a boy found, at about the age of 11, running naked and wild in the woods of Aveyron. Later, Séguin, a student of Itard, devised an educational method using physical and sensory activities to develop mental processes. Limbs and the senses were, in his view, a part of the whole personality, and their development was a part of the whole human education. His method was a specific adaptation of the idea that the development of intellectual and moral distinctions grows out of sensory experience.

Spencer's scientism
      The English sociologist Herbert Spencer (Spencer, Herbert) was perhaps the most important popularizer of science and philosophy in the 19th century. Presenting a theory of evolution prior to Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Spencer argued that all of life, including education, should take its essential lessons from the findings of the sciences. In Education: Intellectual, Moral, and Physical (1860) he insisted that the answer to the question “What knowledge is of most worth?” is the knowledge that the study of science provides. While the educational methodology Spencer advocated was a version of the sense realism espoused by reformers from Ratke and Comenius down to Pestalozzi, Spencer himself was a social conservative. For him, the value of science lies not in its possibilities for making a better world but in the ways science teaches man to adjust to an environment that is not susceptible to human engineering. Spencer's advocacy of the study of science was an inspiration to the American Edward Livingston Youmans and others who argued that a scientific education could provide a culture for modern times superior to that of classical education.

Heinz-Jürgen Ipfling J.J. Chambliss

Development of national systems of education
      The great changes in Europe in the 19th century included, among other things, the further consolidation of national states, the spread of modern technology and industrialization, and increasing secularization. These changes had consequences for the design of school systems. National school systems had to be conceived and organized. Alongside the older schools, including elementary schools, Latin, or grammar, secondary schools, and universities, there developed so-called modern schools that stressed the exact sciences and modern languages, reflecting the new technological and commercial age. Vocational schools also appeared in greater numbers. The influence of the church was increasingly repressed, and the influence of the state on the school system correspondingly grew stronger. The ideal of universal education—education for all—became more and more a reality.

      Luther's (Luther, Martin) pronouncements on the educational responsibilities of the individual had no doubt helped create that healthy public opinion that rendered the principle of compulsory school attendance acceptable in Prussia at a much earlier date than elsewhere. State intervention in education was almost coincident with the rise of the Prussian state. In 1717 Frederick William I ordered all children to attend school if schools were available to them. This was followed in 1736 by edicts for the establishment of schools in certain provinces, in 1763 by Frederick II the Great's regulation asserting the principle of compulsory school attendance, and in 1794 by a codification of Prussian law recognizing the principle of state supremacy in education.

Humboldt's reforms
      The schools, however, had established a traditional classical curriculum that ignored the changing needs of life and fields of knowledge. No effective reorganization of the educational system was carried out until after the disaster of the Battle of Jena (1806), during the Napoleonic Wars, which brought about the virtual collapse of Prussia. Fichte delivered his Addresses to the German Nation at this time, appealing to the spirit of patriotism over a selfish individualism. He advocated a nationalism to be cultivated and enhanced by controlling the education of the young. In the period of governmental reform which came about, one of the first acts of the prime minister Freiherr Karl vom Stein (Stein, Karl, Reichsfreiherr vom und zum) in 1807 was to abolish certain semi-ecclesiastical schools and to place education under the Ministry of the Interior, with Wilhelm von Humboldt (Humboldt, Wilhelm, Baron von) at the head of a special section. Humboldt's policy in secondary education was a compromise between the narrow philological pedantry of the old Latin schools and the large demands of the new humanism that he espoused. The measure introduced by Humboldt in 1810 for the state examination and certification of teachers checked the then-common practice of permitting unqualified theological students to teach in the schools (normal school) and raised the teaching profession to a high level of dignity and efficiency, placing Prussia in the forefront of educational progress. It was also a result of the initiative of Humboldt that the methods of Pestalozzi were introduced into the teachers' seminaries. To this period also belongs the revival, in 1812, of the Abitur (the school-leaving examination), which had fallen into abeyance.

Developments after 1815
      The period that succeeded the peace of 1815 was one of political reaction, and not until the 1830s were there further significant reforms. In 1834, for example, an important step was taken in regard to secondary education by making it necessary for candidates for the learned professions, as well as for the civil service and for university studies, to pass the leaving examination of the Gymnasien, the classical secondary schools. Thus, through the leaving examination, the state held the key to the liberal careers and was thereby able to impose its own standards upon all secondary schools.

      In connection with the so-called Kulturkampf, or struggle between the state and the Roman Catholic church, the school law of 1872 reasserted the absolute right of the state alone to the supervision of the schools. Nevertheless, the Prussian system remained both for Catholics and for Protestants essentially denominational. On the elementary level, in particular, the mixed school was established only when the creeds were so intermingled that a confessional school was impracticable. In all cases the teachers were appointed with reference to religious faith; religious instruction was given in school hours and was inspected by the clergy.

      The official classification, or grading according to the type of curriculum, of secondary schools in Prussia (and throughout Germany) was very precise. The following were the officially recognized types: (1) the classical nine-year Gymnasium, with a curriculum that included Latin, Greek, and a modern language, (2) the semiclassical nine-year Realgymnasium, with a more modern curriculum that included, in addition to Latin and modern languages, the natural sciences and mathematics, and (3) the modern six-year Realschule or nine-year Oberrealschule, with a curriculum of sciences and mathematics.

      The differentiation between the types was the result of a natural educational development corresponding to the economic changes that transformed Prussia from an agricultural to an industrial state. The classical schools long retained their social prestige and a definite educational advantage in that only their pupils were admissible to the universities. From the foundation of the German Empire in 1871 the history of secondary education was largely concerned with a struggle for a wider recognition of the work of the newer schools. The movement received a considerable impetus by the action of Emperor William II, who summoned a school conference in 1890 at which he set the keynote: “It is our duty to educate young men to become young Germans and not young Greeks or Romans.” New schedules were framed in which the hours devoted to Latin were considerably reduced, and no pupil could obtain a leaving certificate without a satisfactory mark in the mother tongue. The reform lasted only a single school generation. In 1900 equality of privileges was granted to three types of schools, subject to certain reservations: the theological faculties continued to admit only students from classical schools, and the pupils of the Oberrealschule were excluded by their lack of Latin from the medical faculties; but insofar as Latin was required for other studies, such as law or history, it could be acquired at the university itself.

Girls' schools
      In Prussia, as elsewhere, the higher education of girls lagged far behind that of boys and received little attention from the state or municipality, except insofar as the services of women teachers were needed in the elementary schools. Thus it came about that in Prussia secondary schools for girls were dealt with administratively as part of the elementary-school system. After the establishment of the German Empire in 1871, a conference of directors and teachers of these schools was held at Weimar and put forth a reasoned plea for better organization and improved status. The advocates of reform, however, were not at unity in their aims; some wished to lay stress on ethical, literary, and aesthetic training; others stressed intellectual development and claimed an equal share in all the culture of the age. Even the women teachers fought an unequal battle, for all the school heads and a large part of the staff were men, usually academically trained. The women continually demanded a larger share of the work, and this was secured by the establishment of a new higher examination for women teachers. university study, though not prescribed, was in fact essential, and yet women had not the right of access to the university in Germany. They were allowed to take the leaving examination, for which private institutions prepared them, but their admission to the university rested with the professor. Not until the 20th century were desired changes achieved.

The new German universities
      Unquestionably one of the greatest worldwide influences exercised by German education in the 19th century was through its universities, to which students came from all over the world and from which every land drew ideas for the reformation of higher education. To understand this, one must be aware of the state of higher education in most countries in the 19th century. Although the century witnessed a steady expansion of scientific knowledge, the curriculum of the established universities went virtually untouched. Higher education followed a single dimension. This was the century of the scientists Michael Faraday, Hermann von Helmholtz, James Prescott Joule, Charles Darwin, Joseph Lister, Wilhelm Wundt, Louis Pasteur, and Robert Koch. Yet, until the end of the century, most of the significant research was done outside the walls of higher educational institutions. In Great Britain, for instance, it was the Royal Society and other such societies that fostered advanced studies and encouraged research. The basic curriculum of colleges and universities remained nontechnical and nonprofessional. The English cardinal John Henry Newman (Newman, John Henry), lecturing in Dublin on The Idea of a University in 1852, stated that the task of the university was broadly to prepare young men “to fill any post with credit, and to master any subject with facility.” The university ought not to attempt professional and technical education.

      While Newman's words epitomized the views held in most of Europe and America, some of the new universities in Germany were moving toward the expansion of the educational enterprise. In 1807 Fichte had drawn up a plan for the new University of Berlin (Humboldt University of Berlin), which Humboldt two years later was able to realize in its founding. The school was dedicated to the scientific approach to knowledge, to the combination of research and teaching, and to the proliferation of academic pursuits; and its ideal was adopted in the founding or reconstitution of other universities—Breslau (1811), Bonn (1818), Munich (1826). By the third quarter of the 19th century the influence of German Lernfreiheit (freedom of the student to choose his own program) and Lehrfreiheit (freedom of the professor to develop the subject and to engage in research) was felt throughout the academic world. The unity of the universities, for better or worse, was more and more dissolved by the fragmentation of subjects into different branches. Some critics would eventually condemn what they considered to be the excesses of the free elective system and the extreme departmentalization of research and curricula. Much of the debate, however, would centre on the general education of undergraduates. In the meantime, the conviction, fathered in Germany, that research is a responsibility of universities was to inspire the founders of universities in the United States in the late 19th century.

      In France the Jesuit schools and the schools of other teaching orders created at the time of the Renaissance had reconciled the teaching of the new humanism with the established doctrines of the Roman Catholic church and flourished with special brilliance. But, despite the changes brought about by the Renaissance and the attention given to the sciences in the 17th and 18th centuries, it was not until the advent of the French Revolution that the universal right to education was proclaimed (1791).

      That principle was compromised when Napoleon (Napoleon I) came to power, however. Although he maintained that the matter of education was an important issue and thought that a common culture with common ideals was essential to nation-building, he felt that, from a political standpoint, the bourgeoisie and upper classes were most important. His national education system therefore served children of those classes. This led to reorganization of the structure of secondary and higher education in a unified state system, with secondary schools maintained by the communes, and with state lycées, universities, and special institutions of higher education. Within this structure the rector of a university headed a teaching body, recruited by the state and supervised by an inspectorate, ranging through various grades up to the university council. Grades of proficiency in studies, from simple certificates to the degrees (degree) of baccalauréat, licence, and doctorate were awarded on the result of examinations, and these tests were made a necessary condition of entry into such professions as medicine, law, and teaching. This structure, despite many modifications, has survived until modern times.

Development of state education
      French educational history in the 19th century is essentially the story of the struggle for the freedom of education, of the introduction at the secondary level of the modern and scientific branches of learning, and, under the Third Republic, of the establishment of primary education, at once secular and compulsory, between the ages of six and 12. There were also a middle education between the ages of 13 and 16 and, finally, a professional and technical education.

      Under the restoration of the monarchy in 1814, education fell inevitably under the control of the church; but, during the bourgeois monarchy of Louis Philippe, a law was passed in 1833 that laid the foundations of modern primary instruction, obliging the communes to maintain schools and pay the teachers. The higher primary schools that were founded were suppressed by Roman Catholic conservatives in 1850 (their restoration later constituted one of the great positive services rendered by the Third Republic to the cause of popular education). The 1850 law restored the “liberty of teaching” that, in effect, meant free scope for priestly schools, but it also made provision for separate communal schools for girls, for adult classes, and for the technical instruction of apprentices. In 1854 France was divided for purposes of educational administration into 16 districts called académies, each administered by a rector and each with a university at the apex of the educational structure. The rector not only was made the chief administrator of the university but also was responsible for secondary and higher education within his académie; he nominated candidates for administrative positions in his area, appointed examination committees, supervised examination content and procedures, and presided over an academic council. Unlike the political division in some other countries, the académies were given little power or authority of their own; rather, they were administrative arms of the national ministry of education.

      After the Franco-Prussian War, the Third Republic addressed itself to the organization of primary instruction as “compulsory, free, and secular.” The law of 1878 imposed on communes the duty of providing school buildings and provided grants-in-aid. The national government also henceforth paid salaries throughout the public sector of education. In 1879 a law was passed compelling every department to maintain training colleges for male and female teachers. The law of 1881 abolished fees in all primary schools and training colleges; the law of 1882 established compulsory attendance; and, finally, the law of 1886 enacted that none but lay persons should teach in the public schools and abolished in those schools all distinctively religious teaching.

      In European systems of education, secondary education was preeminently a preparation for the university, with aims and ideals of general culture that differentiated it radically and at the very outset from education of the elementary type. Down to the beginning of the 20th century, the French system could be regarded as a typical and extreme example of the European theory.

      The characteristic European organization has been called the dual plan: elementary and secondary education were distinct types, and only a minority of the elementary-school pupils passed on to the secondary schools, generally only if they were bright and could win scholarships through a competitive examination. The secondary schools were of two kinds: lycées (lycée) and communal colleges. The lycées, maintained by tuition fees and state scholarships, taught the ancient languages, rhetoric, logic, ethics, mathematics, and physical science. The communal colleges, established by municipalities or individuals and maintained by tuition fees, offered a partial lycée curriculum, featuring Latin, French, mathematics, history, and geography. Pupils who did not complete a secondary education program generally entered civil service or other white-collar occupations. With the development of commerce and industry in the 19th century, France instituted the écoles primaires supérieures, or “higher primary schools,” for those who did not go on to universities but who needed a better education than the primary schools could give. The curricula of these schools were somewhat more advanced than those of the primary schools; pupils remained longer (up to age 16) and were prepared for employment in business as white-collar workers but generally at a lower level than pupils who came from the lycées. In effect, the different types of schools tended to maintain class cleavages since students of the secondary schools enjoyed higher social and occupational prestige than those of the upper primary schools.

      The foundation of secondary schools for girls was in its way one of the most notable achievements of the Third Republic. It was inaugurated by the law of December 22, 1880, called after its author the Loi Camille Sée. Until World War II, the curricula were different from those of the boys' schools, and the course of study was only five years. There were no ancient languages, and mathematics was not carried to so high a level as in the boys' lycées.

      Influenced by doctrines of laissez-faire, England (United Kingdom) hesitated a long time before allowing the state to intervene in educational affairs. At the beginning of the 19th century, education was regarded as entirely the concern of voluntary or private enterprise, and there was much unsystematic philanthropy. Attempts were made to channel and concentrate it, and many hoped that the Church of England and the dissenting churches would join in a concerted effort to provide a national system of elementary education on a voluntary basis. But discordant views prevented such cooperation, and two voluntary societies were founded, one representative of the Church of England and the other of dissent. In 1829 the Roman Catholics were emancipated by law from disabilities they had long suffered, and so they also were able to provide voluntary schools. Other religious bodies joined in the effort to meet the growing need for elementary schools, but it was soon evident that voluntary finance would not be equal to this formidable task. In 1833 the government made a small building grant to these societies, and in this modest way state intervention began. Six years later a committee of the Privy Council was established to administer the state grants, now made annually, and to arrange for the inspection of voluntary schools aided from public funds. The work involved led to the establishment of a small central education department, which was the beginning of the ministry of education.

      Matthew Arnold (Arnold, Matthew) was influential in pressing upon the English conscience the importance of public education for the state. While serving as inspector of elementary schools from 1851 to 1886, he studied European school systems and contrasted the meagre educational contributions of the English state with the more generous ones of Continental states.

Elementary Education Act
      England prolonged its reliance on voluntary initiative for year after year as population increased, and, with the growing industrialization, people crowded into the new towns. At last in 1870 Parliament, after long, acrimonious debates, passed an Elementary Education Act, the foundation upon which the English educational system has been built. Religious teaching and worship were the crucial issues in the debates, and the essentials of the settlement agreed upon were (1) a dual system of voluntary and local-authority schools and (2) careful safeguards to ensure as far as possible that no child would receive religious teaching that was at variance with the wishes of his parents. It was left to the school boards—as these first local education authorities were called—to decide on an individual basis whether to make elementary education compulsory in their districts. In 1880, however, it was made compulsory throughout England and Wales, and in 1891 fees were abolished in all but a few elementary schools.

Secondary and higher education
       secondary education, however, was still left to voluntary and private enterprise. Attention was focused on the “public” schools (independent secondary schools such as Eton and Harrow, usually for boarders from upper- and well-to-do middle-class homes), which under the leadership of outstanding headmasters such as Thomas Arnold were thoroughly reformed. As headmaster of Rugby School (1828–42), Arnold is credited with changing the face of public education in England by instilling a spirit of moral responsibility and intellectual integrity grounded in Christian ethics. Arnold's aims of school life—religious and moral principles, gentlemanly conduct, and intellectual ability—were to have an enduring influence on the English public-school system.

      Several new universities were founded during the 19th century, and the latter half of it saw the founding of a number of girls' high schools and boarding schools offering an education that was comparable to that available in boys' public schools and grammar schools. Several training colleges for teachers were established by voluntary agencies, and universities and university colleges toward the end of the century undertook the training of postgraduates as teachers in departments of education created for this purpose.

      Influenced by the disintegration of the serf system, the trend toward industrialization and modernization, and the democratic ideas of the French Revolution, Tsar Alexander I at the beginning of the 19th century tried to institute new educational reforms. The statutes of 1803 and 1804 followed the pattern set by Peter I (the Great) and Catherine II (the Great) in the 18th century for utilitarian, scientific, and secular education. The old Catherinian schools were remodeled and new schools founded. Schools were to be free and under state control. Rural peasants were to be taught reading, writing, arithmetic, and elements of agriculture at the parochial schools (prikhodskiye uchilishcha); pupils in the district schools of urban areas (uyezdnye uchilishcha) and the provincial schools (gimnazii) were to be prepared for careers as civil servants or for other white-collar occupations (law, political economy, technology, and commerce). The elementary and secondary schools were integrated with the universities.

       Nicholas I, coming to the throne in 1825, considered this democratic trend harmful and decreed that:

It is necessary that in every school the subjects of instruction and the very methods of teaching should be in accordance with the future destination of pupils, that nobody should aim to rise above that position in which it is his lot to remain.

      A new statute of 1828 decreed that parochial schools were intended for the peasants, the district schools for merchants and other townspeople, and gimnazii for children of the gentry and civil servants. Instruction in the gimnazii in Latin and Greek was increased. Although the legislation of Nicholas I established a class system, the utilitarian character of the whole system remained.

      The Russian radical intelligentsia was fiercely opposed to the privileged schools for the gentry and demanded the reestablishment of a democratic system with a more modern curriculum in secondary schools. This was coupled with the demand for the emancipation of the serfs (serfdom) and the equality of women in education. The new tsar in 1855, Alexander II, inaugurated a period of liberal reforms. The serfs were emancipated in 1861, and thus all social restrictions were removed. A new system of local government in rural areas ( zemstvo) was enacted with a right to found schools for the peasantry, now free. Combined efforts of the government, zemstvos, and peasant communities produced a growth of schools in the rural areas. The utilitarian trend was evident in the establishment of technical schools with vocational differentiation. The education of women was promoted, and the first higher courses for women were founded in main cities.

      The reign of Alexander II, which was later marked by reactionary measures and political oppression, ended in his assassination in 1881 by the terrorist branch of the Narodniki revolutionary organization. A period of reaction followed under his successor, Alexander III. All reforms were suspended, and the growth of educational institutions was interrupted. The chief procurator of the Holy Synod attempted to build up a rival system of parochial schools under the control of the orthodox clergy; and the minister of public instruction tried to return to the class system of Nicholas I. These reactionary measures set back the growth of education. Four-fifths of all children were deprived of education. The result was that at the turn of the century nearly 70 percent of Russia's male population and 90 percent of its female population were illiterate (1897 census). The aboriginal dwellers of Russia's national outskirts (more than one-half of the country's population) were almost totally illiterate.

J.J. Chambliss

      Administered locally everywhere, schooling of the United States's masses in the republic's younger days was immensely diverse. In New England, primary schooling enjoyed public support. In the South (South, the), apart from supplying a meagre learning to pauper children, the states abstained from educational responsibility. In the middle states elementary schools were sometimes public; more often they were parochial or philanthropic. Only beyond the Alleghenies was there any federal provision for education. There, under the Articles of Confederation (Confederation, Articles of), the Ordinance of 1787 (Northwest Ordinances) reserved a plot of land (land-grant college) in every prospective township for the support of education. The measure not only laid the groundwork for education in the states of the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes, it also became a precedent for national educational aid. Thus, in 1862 the Morrill Act granted every state establishing a public agricultural college 30,000 acres (12,000 hectares) of public land for each of its lawmakers in Congress. Since then some 12 million acres (5 million hectares) have been distributed, on which some 70 of the so-called land-grant colleges currently flourish.

      Several of the Founding Fathers expressed belief in the necessity of public education, but only Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson, Thomas) undertook to translate his conviction into actuality. Convinced that democracy can be effective only in the hands of an enlightened people, he offered Virginia's lawgivers a plan in 1779 to educate schoolchildren at public cost for three years and a few gifted boys beyond that. The proposal encountered resistance from both the ruling classes and the clergy; they regarded instruction as a private or an ecclesiastical prerogative. Jefferson's plan was rejected, as was another he submitted some 40 years later. Although his ideas enlightened educational thought throughout the country, only one of Jefferson's dreams reached actuality in his lifetime: the University of Virginia (Virginia, University of) opened in 1825, the most up-to-date institution of its sort, the first frankly secular university in America and the closest to a modern-day conception of a state university.

The educational awakening
      When Jefferson died in 1826 the nation stood on the threshold of a stupendous transformation. During the ensuing quarter century it expanded enormously in space and population. Old cities grew larger and new ones more numerous. The era saw the coming of the steamboat and the railroad. Commerce flourished and so did agriculture. The age witnessed the rise of the common man with the right to vote and hold office. It was a time of overflowing optimism, of dreams of perpetual progress, moral uplift, and social betterment.

      Such was the climate that engendered the common school. Open freely to every child and upheld by public funds, it was to be a lay institution under the sovereignty of the state, the archetype of the present-day American public school. Bringing the common school into being was not easy. Against it bulked the doctrine that any education (elementary education) which excluded religious instruction—as all state-maintained schools were legally compelled to do—was godless. Nor had there been any great recession of the contention that education was not a proper governmental function and for a state to engage therein was an intrusion into parental privilege. Still more distasteful was the fact that public schooling would occasion a rise in taxes.

      Yet the common school also mustered some formidable support, and finally, in 1837, liberal Massachusetts lawmakers successfully carried through a campaign for a state board of education. It is especially to Horace Mann (Mann, Horace), the board's first secretary, that Massachusetts credits its educational regeneration. To gather data on educational conditions in Massachusetts, Mann roved the entire commonwealth. He lectured and wrote reports, depicting his dire findings with unsparing candour. There were outcries against him, but when Mann resigned, after 12 years, he could take pride in an extraordinary achievement. During his incumbency, school appropriations almost doubled. Teachers were awarded larger wages; in return they were to render better service. To help them Massachusetts established three state normal schools, the first in America. Supervision was made professional. The school year was extended. Public high schools were augmented. Finally, the common school, under the authority of the state, though still beset by difficulties, slowly became the rule.

      What Mann accomplished in Massachusetts, Henry Barnard (Barnard, Henry) (1811–1900) achieved in Connecticut and Rhode Island. More reserved than Mann, Barnard has come down the ages as the “scholar of the educational awakening.” He became the first president of the Association for the Advancement of Education and editor of its American Journal of Education, in whose 30 volumes he discussed virtually every important pedagogical idea of the 19th century.

      Similar campaigns were under way in other areas. In Pennsylvania the assault centred on the pauper school; in New York it was against sectarianism. On the westward-moving frontier, old educational ideas and traditions had to compete in an environment antagonistic to privilege and permanence. There was controversy everywhere, however, over the state's right (states' rights) to assume educational authority and especially its power to levy school taxes. Future handling of this issue in the West was foretold in 1837, when Michigan realized a state-supported and state-administered system of education in which the state university, the University of Michigan (Michigan, University of) under the leadership of Henry Tappan, played an integral part.

      Once the common school was solidly entrenched, the scant opportunity afforded the lower classes for more than a rudimentary education fell under increasing challenge. If it was right to order children to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic and to offer them free tax-supported schooling, some reasoned, then it was also right to accommodate those desiring advanced instruction. Before long, a few common schools, yielding to parental insistence, introduced courses beyond the elementary level. Such was the germ of the high school in the United States.

      The first high school in the United States opened in Boston in 1821 as the English Classical School, a designation that soon was changed to English High School. Designed for the sons of the “mercantile and mechanic classes,” it provided three years of free instruction in English, mathematics, surveying, navigation, geography, history, logic, ethics, and civics. In 1825 New York City inaugurated the first high school outside New England. The next year Boston braved free secondary education for girls, judiciously diluted and restricted to 130. When the number of applicants vastly exceeded this figure, the city fathers abandoned the project.

      The high-school movement was spurred less by these diffuse developments than by legislation by Massachusetts in 1827 that ordered towns of 500 families to furnish public instruction in American history, algebra, geometry, and bookkeeping, in addition to the common primary subjects. Furthermore, towns of 4,000 were to offer courses in history, logic, rhetoric, Latin, and Greek. The measure lacked public backing, but it set the guideposts for similar legislation elsewhere. The contention that government had no right to finance high schools remained an issue until the 1870s, when Michigan's supreme court, finding for the city of Kalamazoo in litigation brought by a taxpayer, declared the high school to be a necessary part of the state's system of public instruction.

Education for females
      Though the common school vouchsafed instruction to girls, girls' chances to attend high school—not to say college—were slight. The “female academies,” attended mainly by daughters of the middle class, were not numerous, and they varied in their emphases, often stressing social or domestic subjects. The truth is that as late as the 1840s, when the lowliest man could vote and hold office, women were haltered by taboos of every sort. But as America advanced industrially and more and more women flocked to the mill and the office, their desire for greater educational opportunity grew. As in the struggle for the common school, the cause of women's education bred leaders, many of whom founded schools and communicated internationally. In 1833 Oberlin College in Ohio hazarded coeducation, and 20 years later Antioch College (Antioch University), also in Ohio, followed suit. Beyond the Mississippi River every state university except that of Missouri was coeducational from its beginning. Eastern universities, however, moved more warily.

      While women were crusading for greater educational opportunity, the college itself was undergoing alteration. It had begun as a cradle of divinity, but, as the 18th century waned, it was displaying a mounting secularity. In the course of the 19th century, not only did colleges surge in number, but some of the more enterprising of them undertook to reshape their purpose. Soon after its opening in 1885, Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania announced courses for the master's and doctor's degrees. Inspired by the scholarly accomplishments of German universities, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, founded in 1867, put its weight on research. Twenty years later Clark University in Massachusetts opened as a purely graduate school. Soon the graduate trend invaded older schools as well.

      The early normal schools (normal school), or teacher-training schools, were primitive; often they were merely higher elementary schools, rehearsing their students for a year in basic reading and arithmetic, rectitude and piety, some history, mathematics, and physiology, and, if they survived, a rudimentary pedagogy. After the 1860s the ideas and experiments of Pestalozzi and Froebel combined with widespread social-democratic influences on education and advances in psychological thought to change schooling. This confluence, which was most noticeable in elementary education, resulted in the appearance of the kindergarten and in methods proceeding from the nature of the child and including content representing more of the present society. While much of the rationale was religious or mystical, the outcome was socially and psychologically more realistic. Since the early phases of schooling were initially the only concern of teacher training, it was natural that the idea of preparing teachers to use techniques derived from the new concepts, including the greater systematization introduced by Herbart, and the necessity for teachers to learn specifically about the child would substantially augment teacher-training programs and lay the groundwork for immense institutional expansion in the first half of the 20th century.

Adolphe Erich Meyer Robert Frederic Lawson

The British dominions

      In the early period of the 19th century, until about 1840, schooling in Canada was much the same as it was in England; it was provided through the efforts of religious and philanthropic organizations and dominated by the Church of England. Although there was overlap among types of schools (identified historically), there are records of parish schools, charity schools, Sunday schools, and monitorial schools for the common people. The instructional fare was a rudimentary combination of religious instruction and literacy skills, perhaps supplemented by some practical work.

      More advanced education was limited to the upper social classes and was given in Latin grammar schools or in private schools with various curricular extensions on the classical base. Academies, largely supported by the middle class of nonconformist groups, presented a broad curriculum of liberal arts that spanned the secondary and higher levels of education. In general, instruction relied on a simple chain concept of “transmission-absorption-mental storage,” which was kept going by direct application of reward or punishment.

      In the middle period, which lasted to about 1870, public systems of education emerged, accommodating religious interests in a state framework. Public support was won for the common school, leading toward universal elementary education. Secondary and higher education began to assume a public character. The principle of local responsibility under central provincial authority was elaborated in the respective provinces.

      Of central importance in the development of Canadian education is the kind of agreement reached on church–state relations in education during this period. At one extreme is the arrangement made in Newfoundland (Newfoundland and Labrador) from 1836 to accommodate all numerically represented denominations separately within a loose system (not until 1920 was a unified system of education developed, which still works through five denominational subsystems); at the other extreme are the arrangements made in British Columbia, which became decisive when it entered the Canadian Confederation, to establish and maintain a free, unified, centralized nonsectarian system. Other provinces eventually developed patterns that represented compromises. The Nova ScotiaNew Brunswick pattern, for instance, provided a unified system that in principle was nonsectarian but that allowed the grouping of Roman Catholic children for education, thus legalizing sectarian schools within the system. Ontario placed separate Catholic schools within a unified school system. Québec (Quebec) supported a dual confessional system from the 1840s to the 1960s, with parallel structures for Roman Catholic and Protestant schooling at both the local and provincial levels. Manitoba adopted Québec's dual confessional system in 1871, then changed to a unified, centralized nonsectarian system amid much controversy in 1896.

      The British North America Act of 1867, Canada's constitution, lodged authority for education in the provinces, at the same time guaranteeing denominational rights (in the “minority-school protective clause”) if such rights existed by law at the time of entry into confederation. These two provisions established the pluralistic nature of Canadian education, and the union of the provinces and the entrance of western provinces gave Canada, by 1880, a national base on which to build the Canadian institution of education.

      The final years of the 19th century were years of structural formalization of the educational foundations developed in the productive middle period. In this, Ontario's leadership was evident, especially as it affected the model of education evolving in the western territories. After Alberta and Saskatchewan were admitted as provinces in 1905, some divergence from Ontario took place: notably, both provinces required that Roman Catholic taxes go to separate Catholic schools (the decision in Ontario was based on free choice), and Alberta allowed separate school privileges through the secondary level. (Saskatchewan extended full funding of Roman Catholic separate schools to the end of high school in the early 1960s, Ontario in the late 1980s).

      Toward the end of the 19th century, elementary (elementary education) schooling, by then established, was becoming compulsory. The cost of secondary education was diminishing, and the distinction in level and curriculum between the secondary and the elementary school was sharpened in the system of public schools. Communities were responsible for maintaining schools through a combination of local taxes and provincial grants, while provincial departments standardized the conduct of schooling through inspections, examinations, and prescription of course content and materials.

      Changes in instructional theory, taking place during the latter part of the 19th century throughout the Western world, revolutionized the classroom. One major shift was from the imposition of knowledge on the mind of the learner to an emphasis on the learner's activity of perception and comprehension of knowledge. The impact of science on the higher-school curriculum was matched by its impact on educational theory and, consequently, on teacher training. Both scientific disciplines (such as educational psychology) and scientific methods of teaching became necessary to the training of teachers who were to operate in a new setting of teacher–pupil and subject-matter relations.

      The development of Australian education through the 19th century was affected by a pervasive British influence, by a continuous economic struggle against harsh environmental conditions, and by the tendency for population to be concentrated in centres that accrued and extended political authority over the region. The particular historical thread around which educational developments took place was the question of denominational schools.

      From the first immigrant landing in 1788 through the early decades of the 19th century, education was provided on an occasional and rather haphazard basis, by the most expedient means available. In general, the assumption and the practice was that schooling would be provided by the church or by church organizations, such as the SPGFP, and colonial governments made small grants to aid such provision. It was also assumed that the Church of England would dominate the religious-educational scene, and a Church and School Corporation was set up in 1826 to administer endowments for Church of England efforts. Even at this early stage, however, the resistance of Nonconformists, especially Presbyterians and Roman Catholics, shortly defeated the attempt to “establish” Church of England institutions. The only early organized attempt at mass education was through monitorial systems.

      In 1833 the governor of New South Wales asserted government responsibility for education by proposing the introduction of a nondenominational system that would reduce religion in schools to reading commonly approved scriptures and to providing release time for sectarian instruction by clergymen. The importance of the proposal lay in its spirit of religious compromise and its initiation of state responsibility for education, both of which were predictive of future development.

      Because of sectarian resistance, mainly from Anglican and Catholic groups, so-called national schools were introduced alongside denominational schools in 1848 as a dual system, administered by two corresponding boards. Through the middle period of the century, similar sectarian compromises were found in other Australian colonies. The establishment of state systems were, however, seriously impeded by the extremity of the struggle for survival in hostile geographic conditions. In New South Wales a Public Schools Bill was passed in 1866, creating a single Council of Education. State aid to denominational schools was continued but under conditions stipulated by the state.

       Victoria became a separate colony in 1850 and was initially fraught with particular problems occasioned by the arrival of a migrant gold-rush population. Little was accomplished in education, other than increased assistance to religious denominations, until 1856. After that the move for a state system gained impetus, and a Common Schools Bill was passed in 1862, establishing a system similar to that accepted in New South Wales. Soon after separation, Queensland's (Queensland) Primary Education Bill was passed in 1860, subordinating denominational schools and reinforcing the principle of common-school development in Australia. South Australia held to a continuous development of a general system based on common Christianity, but Western Australia's (Western Australia) Elementary Education Bill of 1871 returned to dual support for both government and voluntary schools.

      The support for state educational systems increased during the 1860s and 1870s as an alternative to interdenominational conflict was sought. In this development the Protestants, gradually and sometimes reluctantly, acquiesced. Catholic resistance was never overcome, and the consequent evolution of a separate Roman Catholic school system did not diminish Catholic dissatisfaction with the movement to state schools. The dilemma of Catholic citizens with regard to nonsectarian public education was universal: as citizens they were financially obligated for the public schools; as Roman Catholics they were committed to education in schools of their own faith.

      The intention to educate all children and to raise the quality of instruction in common schools required governmental actions that could transform voluntary, exclusive, uneven provisions into uniform public standards. In Australia, particular motivating factors were the dramatic increases in population and economic growth and the recognized inadequacy of existing schools. The establishment of secular public-school systems under government control was made unequivocal through the passage of legislation between 1872 and 1895. These bills did not abolish general Christian instruction, nor did they generally refuse release time for sectarian instruction. They did disallow sectarian claims for financial support and for a place in public education. The decision was for the operation of schools for all children, undertaken by the one agency that could act on behalf of the whole society, the government.

      In New Zealand's early colonial period, between 1840 and 1852, certain provisions were made for endowments for religious and educational purposes, but education was considered, in accordance with prevailing views in England, a private or voluntary matter. Corresponding to general social distinctions, academic education was relegated to denominational, fee-charging schools, and common education was provided as a charitable service. Religious preference was avoided as much as possible, with the aim of minimizing sectarian conflict.

      Secular opposition to religious bias, even on a pluralistic basis, was, however, already evident. In 1852 New Zealand was granted self-government under the Constitution Act, and responsibility for education was placed in the councils of the six provinces. Although each province acted independently and somewhat according to the traditions of the dominant cultural group, the general sentiment moved in the next 20 years toward the establishment of public school systems. By 1876, when the provincial governments were abolished, the people of New Zealand, through varying regional decisions, had accepted governmental responsibility for education, had opted for nonsectarian schools, and had started on the path to free, compulsory common schooling.

      The basic national legislation was passed in 1877. The Education Act provided for public elementary education that would be secular, free to age 15, and compulsory to age 13. Because of enforcement difficulties and legal exceptions, the compulsory clause was rather loose, but it instituted the rule. It was strengthened between 1885 and 1898, and high-school enrollments increased steadily after 1911. The act of 1877 also revised the administrative structure under a national ministerial Department of Education. Initially, the central department was little more than a funding source, while critical control was vested in regional boards elected by local school committees. In the competitive struggle between the department and the regional boards that waxed and waned well into the 20th century, neither gained the exclusive dominance sometimes sought. The primary position of the central authority in educational administration was confirmed in the reform period between 1899 and 1914, however, when control of inspectors, effective control of primary teacher appointment and promotion, and stipulative control in fund granting went to the Department of Education. These developments, together with curriculum and examination reforms, marked a new beginning in New Zealand education.

Robert Frederic Lawson

The spread of Western educational practices to Asian countries

Education under the East India Company
      Originally the British went to India as tradesmen, but gradually they became the rulers of the country. On Dec. 31, 1600, the East India Company was established, and, like all commercial bodies, its main objective was trade. Gradually during the 18th century the pendulum swung from commerce to administration; the deterioration of Mughal power in India, the final expulsion of French rivals in the Seven Years' War, and the virtual appropriation of Bengal and Bihār in a treaty of 1765 had all made the company a ruling power. In spite of this, the company did not recognize the promotion of education among the natives of India as a part of its duty or obligation. For a long time the British at home were greatly opposed to any system of public instruction for the Indians, as they were for their own people.

      The feelings of the public authorities in England were first tested in the year 1793, when William Wilberforce (Wilberforce, William), the famous British philanthropist, proposed to add two clauses to the company's charter act of that year for sending out schoolmasters to India. This encountered the greatest opposition in the council of directors, and it was found necessary to withdraw the clauses. For 20 years thereafter, the ruling authorities in England refused to accept responsibility for the education of Indian people. It was only in 1813, when the company's charter was renewed, that a clause was inserted requiring the governor-general to devote not less than 100,000 rupees annually to the education of Indians.

      Some organization was required in order to disburse the educational grant. A General Committee of Public Instruction, constituted in Calcutta in 1823, started its work with an Orientalist policy, rather than a Western-oriented one, since the majority of the members were Orientalists. The money available was spent mainly on the teaching of Sanskrit and Arabic and on the translation of English works into these languages. Some encouragement was also given to the production of books in English.

      Meanwhile, a new impetus was given to education from two sources of different character. One was from the Christian missionaries (mission) and the other from a “semirationalist” movement. The Christian missionaries had started their educational activities as early as 1542, upon the arrival of St. Francis Xavier. Afterward the movement spread throughout the land and exercised a lasting influence on Indian education. It gave a new direction to elementary education through the introduction of instruction at regular and fixed hours, a broad curriculum, and a clear-cut class system. By printing books in different vernaculars, the missionaries stimulated the development of Indian languages. But hand in hand with the study of the vernaculars went the teaching of Western subjects through the medium of English, called in India “English education.”

      Besides the missionaries, there were men in Bengal who, though admitting the value of Oriental learning for the advancement of civilization, thought that better things could be achieved through the so-called English education. In 1817 these semirationalists, led by Rām Mohan Roy (Roy, Ram Mohun), the celebrated Indian reformer, founded the Hindu College in Calcutta, the alumni of which established a large number of English schools all over Bengal. The demand for English education in Bengal thus preceded by 20 years any government action in that direction.

      In the meantime the influence of the Orientalists was waning in the General Committee, as younger members with more radical views joined it. They challenged the policy of patronizing Oriental learning and advocated the need for spreading Western knowledge through the medium of English. Thus arose the controversy as to whether educational grants should be used to promote Oriental learning or Western knowledge. The controversy between the Orientalists and the Anglicists was decided in favour of the latter by the famous Minute on Education of 1835 submitted by Thomas Babington Macaulay (Macaulay, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron), the legal member of the governor-general's executive council. His recommendations were accepted by Lord William Bentinck, the governor-general. The decision was announced on March 7, 1835, in a brief resolution that determined the character of higher education in India for the ensuing century. Although the schools for Oriental learning were maintained for some years, the translation of English books into Sanskrit and Arabic was immediately discontinued. Thus the system of “English education” was adopted by the government. It should be noted, however, that primary education did not attract any attention at all.

      Bentinck's resolution was followed by other enactments accelerating the growth of English education in India. The first was the Freedom of Press Act (1835), which encouraged the printing and publication of books and made English books available at low cost. Two years later, Persian was abolished as the language of record and the courts (to the dismay of the Muslims) and was replaced by English and Indian languages in higher and lower courts, respectively. Finally, Lord Hardinge, as governor-general, issued a resolution on October 10, 1844, declaring that for all government appointments preference would be given to the knowledge of English. These measures strengthened the position of English in India, and the lingering prejudices against learning English vanished forever.

      Although English education held its ground in Bengal, the Bengal government did not neglect vernacular education altogether. Moreover, in Bombay, Madras, and the North-Western Provinces there was as yet little effective demand for English, and the tendency was to lay the main stress on Indian languages. Bombay adopted the policy of encouraging primary education and spreading Western science and knowledge through the mother tongue. This was done under the able guidance of Mountstuart Elphinstone (Elphinstone, Mountstuart), then the governor, even though the government also conducted an English school in almost every district in the province. Between 1845 and 1848 a bitter controversy arose regarding the language of instruction, but the issue was between the mother tongue and English, and not between a classical language and English as it was in Bengal. The controversy gathered strength every day; and, in those days of centralization, the matter had to be referred to the Bengal government, which advised the Bombay government to concentrate its attention on English education alone, thus throttling the growth of education through the mother tongue in Bombay. Meanwhile, the Madras government was biding its time, leaving the field of positive effort open to Christian missionaries; as a result of this missionary initiative, English education in the Madras presidency was more extensively imparted than in Bombay.

      A laudable experiment in the field of vernacular education was carried out by Lieutenant Governor James Thomason (Thomason, James) in the North-Western Provinces. Thomason's ḥalqabandī system attempted to bring primary education within easy reach of the common people. In each ḥalqah (circuit) of villages, a school was established in the most central village so that all the villagers within a radius of two miles might avail themselves of it. For the maintenance of these schools the village landholders agreed to contribute at the rate of 1 percent of their land income. The experiment proved successful, and in 10 years Thomason opened 897 schools and provided elementary education for 23,688 children.

Indian universities
      The next step in the history of Indian education is marked by Sir Charles Wood's epoch-making Dispatch of 1854, which led to (1) the creation of a separate department for the administration of education in each province, (2) the founding of the universities of Calcutta, Bombay, and Madras in 1857, and (3) the introduction of a system of grants-in-aid. Even when the administration of India passed from the East India Company into the hands of the British crown in 1858, Britain's secretary of state for India confirmed the educational policy of Wood's Dispatch.

      The newly established universities did not initially undertake any teaching responsibilities but were merely examining bodies. Their expenses were confined to administration and could be met from the fees paid by the candidates for their degrees and certificates. Although the establishment of the universities (university) did result in a rapid expansion of college education and although the products of the new learning displayed keen scholarship, the value of learning nevertheless soon decayed. In such circumstances it was ironic for the Indian Education Commission of 1882 to declare, “The university degree has become an accepted object of ambition, a passport to distinction in public services and in the learned professions.” Another undesirable practice was the domination of the universities over secondary education through their entrance examinations. University policies regarding curricula, examination systems, language of instruction, and other vital problems began to be chalked out by university teachers who had little experience in schoolteaching and who kept the administrative needs and requirements of colleges in the forefront. Thus, secondary schools increasingly prepared their students for a college education and not for life in general.

      The new system also became top-heavy. It must be stated that the commission of 1882 made a very valuable recommendation that the “elementary education of the masses, its provision, extension and improvement requires strenuous efforts of the state in a still larger measure than heretofore.” It also desired to check the wild race for academic distinction and “to divert some part of the rapidly swelling stream of students into channels of a more practical character.” Despite this warning, however, alternative courses in commerce, agriculture, and technical subjects that were offered in a limited number of selected schools did not prove popular. The educated classes could not be diverted from their conventional path.

      In a general view of education during the last two decades of the 19th century, drift was more apparent than government resolve. Elementary education was starved and undernourished, and secondary education was suffering from want of proper supervision. There was an unplanned growth of high schools and colleges since the Education Commission had given a free charter to private enterprise. Many of these private institutions were “coaching institutions rather than places of learning.” The universities had no control over them, and state control was negligible because the government had adopted a laissez-faire policy.

      The second half of the 19th century is, nonetheless, of great significance to the country because modern India may indeed be said to be a creation of this period. It brought about a renaissance by breaking down geographic barriers and bringing different regions and long-separated Indian communities into close contact with one another. The blind admiration for Western culture was gradually passing away, and a new vision and reorientation in thought were coming about. A feeling of dissatisfaction also developed toward the existing governmental and missionary institutions. It was felt by some of the Indian patriots that the character of Indian youths could be built by Indians themselves. This led to the establishment of a few notable institutions aiming at imparting sound education to Indian youth on national lines—institutions such as the Anglo-Mohammedan Oriental College in Alīgarh (1875), the D.A.V. College in Lahore (1886), and the Central Hindu College in Vārānasi (1898). The politically minded classes of the country had also come to regard education as a national need. They were critical of the government's educational policy and resented any innovation that might restrain the pace of educational advance or diminish liberty.

S.N. Mukerji

The Meiji Restoration and the assimilation of Western civilization
      In 1867 the Tokugawa (Edo) shogunate, a dynasty of military rulers established in 1603, was overthrown and the imperial authority of the Meiji dynasty was restored, leading to drastic reforms of the social system. This process has been called the Meiji Restoration, and it ushered in the establishment of a politically unified and modernized state.

      In the following generation Japan quickly adopted useful aspects of Western industry and culture to enhance rapid modernization. But Japan's audacious modernization would have been impossible without the enduring peace and cultural achievements of the Tokugawa (Tokugawa period) era. It had boasted a high level of Oriental civilization, especially centring on Confucianism, Shintōism, and Buddhism. The ruling samurai had studied literature and Confucianism at their hankō (domain schools); the commoners had learned reading, writing, and arithmetic at numerous terakoya (temple schools). Both samurai and commoners also pursued medicine, military science, and practical arts at shijuku (private schools). Some of these schools had developed a fairly high level of instruction in Western science and technology by the time of the Meiji Restoration. This cultural heritage helped equip Japan with a formidable potential for rapid Westernization. Indeed, some elements of Western civilization had been gradually introduced into Japan even during the Tokugawa era. The shogunate, notwithstanding its isolationist policy, permitted trade with the Dutch, who conveyed modern Western sciences and arts to Japan. After 1853, moreover, Japan opened its door equally to other Western countries, a result of pressures exerted by the United States Navy under Admiral Matthew C. Perry. Thenceforth, even before the Meiji Restoration, Japanese interest in foreign languages became intense and diverse.

      Western studies, especially English-language studies, became increasingly popular after the Restoration, and Western culture flooded into Japan. The Meiji government dispatched study commissions and students to Europe and to the United States, and the so-called Westernizers defeated the conservatives who tried in vain to maintain allegiance to traditional learning.

Establishment of a national system of education
      In 1871 Japan's first Ministry of Education was established to develop a national system of education. Ōki Takatō, the secretary of education, foresaw the necessity of establishing schools throughout the nation to develop national wealth, strength, and order, and he outlined a strategy for acquiring the best features of Western education. He assigned commissioners, many of whom were students of Western learning, to design the school system, and in 1872 the Gakusei, or Education System Order, was promulgated. It was the first comprehensive national plan to offer schooling nationwide, according to which the nation was divided into eight university districts, which were further divided into 32 middle-school districts, each accommodating 210 primary-school districts. Unlike the class-based schooling offered during the Tokugawa period, the Gakusei envisioned a unified, egalitarian system of modern national education, designed on a ladder plan. Although the district system was said to have been borrowed from France, the new Japanese education was based on the study of Western education in general and incorporated elements of educational practice in all advanced countries. Curricula and methods of education, for instance, were drawn primarily from the United States.

      This ambitious modern plan for a national education system fell short of full realization, however, because of the lack of sufficient financial support, facilities and equipment, proper teaching materials, and able teachers. Nevertheless, the plan represented an unprecedented historic stage in Japanese educational development. Under the Gakusei system, the Ministry of Education, together with local officials, managed with difficulty to set up elementary schools for children aged six to 14. In 1875 the 24,000 elementary schools had 45,000 teachers and 1,928,000 pupils. This was achieved by gradually reorganizing terakoya in many areas into modern schools. The enrollment rate reached only 35 percent of all eligible children, however, and no university was erected at all.

      In 1873 David Murray, a professor from the United States, was invited to Japan as an adviser to the Ministry of Education; another, Marion M. Scott, assumed direction of teacher training and introduced American methods and curricula at the first normal school in Tokyo, established under the direct control of the ministry. Graduates of the normal school played an important role in disseminating teacher training to other parts of the country. By 1874 the government had set up six normal schools, including one for women. The normal school designed curricula for the primary schools, modeled after those of the United States, and introduced textbooks and methods that spread gradually into the elementary schools of many regions.

The conservative reaction
      Following the repression of the Satsuma Rebellion, a samurai uprising in 1877, Japan again forged ahead toward political unity, but there was an increasing trend of antigovernment protest from below, which was epitomized by the Movement for People's Rights. Because of the Satsuma Rebellion, the government was in heavy financial difficulties. Also, with the people's inclination toward Western ideas fading away, a conservative reaction began to emerge, calling for a revival of the Confucian and Shintō legacies and a return to local control of education as practiced in the pre-Restoration era.

      Discontent had been mounting among the rural people against the Education System Order of 1872, mainly because it had imposed upon them the financial burdens of establishing schools and yet had not lived up to expectations. Another cause of dissatisfaction was a sense of irrelevance that Japanese attributed to schooling largely based on Western models. The curriculum developed according to the 1872 order was perceived to have little relation to the social and cultural needs of that day, and ordinary Japanese continued to favour the traditional schooling of the terakoya. Tanaka Fujimaro, then deputy secretary of education, just returning from an inspection tour in the United States, insisted that the government transfer its authority over education to the local governments, as in the United States, to reflect local needs in schooling. Thus, in 1879 the government nullified the Gakusei and put into force the Kyōikurei, or Education Order, which made for rather less centralization. Not only did the new law abolish the district system that had divided the country into districts, it also reduced central control over school administration, including the power to establish schools and regulate attendance. The Kyōikurei was intended to encourage local initiatives. Such a drastic reform to decentralize education, however, led to an immediate deterioration of schooling and a decline in attendance in some localities; criticism arose among those prefectural governors who had been striving to enforce the Gakusei in their regions.

      As a countermeasure, the government introduced a new education order in 1880 calling for a centralization of authority by increasing the powers of the secretary of education and the prefectural governor. Thereafter, the prefecture would provide regulations within the limits of criteria set by the Ministry of Education; some measure of educational unity was thus reached on the prefectural level, and the school system received some needed adjustment. Yet, because of economic stagnation, school attendance remained low.

      Conservatism in education gained crucial support when the Kyōgaku Seishi, or the Imperial Will on the Great Principles of Education, was drafted by Motoda Nagazane (Motoda Nagazane, Danshaku), a lecturer attached to the Imperial House in 1870. It stressed the strengthening of traditional morality and virtue to provide a firm base for the emperor. Thereafter, the government began to base its educational policy on the Kyōgaku Seishi with emphasis on Confucian (Confucianism) and Shintōist values. In the elementary schools, shūshin (national moral education) was made the all-important core of the curricula, and the ministry compiled a textbook with overtones of Confucian morality.

Establishment of nationalistic education systems
      With the installation of the cabinet system in 1885, the government made further efforts to pave the way for a modern state. The promulgation of the Meiji Constitution, the constitution of the empire of Japan, in 1889 established a balance of imperial power and parliamentary forms. The new minister of education, Mori Arinori, acted as a central figure in enforcing a nationalistic educational policy and worked out a vast revision of the school system. This set a foundation for the nationalistic educational system that developed during the following period in Japan. Japanese education thereafter, in the Prussian manner, tended to be autocratic.

      Based on policies advocated by Mori, a series of new acts and orders were promulgated one after another. The first was the Imperial University Order of 1886, which rendered the university a servant of the state for the training of high officials and elites in various fields. Later that year orders concerning the elementary school, the middle school, and the normal school were issued, forming the structural core of the pre-World War II education system. The ministry carried out sweeping revisions of the normal-school system, establishing it as a completely independent track, quite distinct from other educational training. It was marked by a rigid, regimented curriculum designed to foster “a good and obedient, faithful, and respectful character.” As a result of these reforms the rate of attendance at the four-year compulsory education level reached 81 percent by 1900.

      Together with these reforms, the Imperial Rescript on Education (Kyōiku Chokugo) of 1890 played a major role in providing a structure for national morality. By reemphasizing the traditional Confucian and Shintō values and redefining the courses in shūshin, it was to place morality and education on a foundation of imperial authority. It would provide the guiding principle for Japan's education until the end of World War II.

Promotion of industrial education
      Ever since the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the national target had been fukoku-kyōhei (“wealth accumulation and military strength”) and industrialization. From the outset the Meiji government had been busy introducing science and technology from Europe and America but nevertheless had difficulties in realizing such goals.

      Inoue Kowashi, who became minister of education in 1893, was convinced that modern industries would be the most vital element in the future development of Japan and thus gave priority to industrial and vocational education. In 1894 the Subsidy Act for Technical Education was published, followed by the Technical Teachers' Training Regulations and the Apprentice School Regulations. The system of industrial education was in general consolidated and integrated. These measures contributed to the training of many of the human resources required for the subsequent development of modern industry in Japan.

Arata Naka Nobuo Shimahara

Education in the 20th century

Social and historical background
      International wars, together with an intensification of internal stresses and conflicts among social, racial, and ideological groups, have characterized the 20th century and have had profound effects on education. Rapidly spreading prosperity but widening gaps between rich and poor, immense increases in world population but a declining birth rate in Western countries, the growth of large-scale industry and its dependence on science and technological advancement, the increasing power of both organized labour and international business, and the enormous influence of both technical and sociopsychological advances in communication, especially as utilized in mass media, are changes that have had far-reaching effects. Challenges to accepted values, including those supported by religion; changes in social relations, especially toward versions of group and individual equality; and an explosion of knowledge affecting paradigms as well as particular information mark a century of social and political swings, always toward a more dynamic and less categorical resolution. The institutional means of handling this uncertain world have been to accept more diversity while maintaining basic forms and to rely on management efficiency to ensure practical outcomes.

      The two world wars weakened the military and political might of the larger European powers. Their replacement by “superpowers” whose influence did not depend directly on territorial acquisition and whose ideologies were essentially equalitarian helped to liquidate colonialism. As new independent nations emerged in Africa and Asia and the needs and powers of a “third world” caused a shift in international thinking, education was seen to be both an instrument of national development and a means of crossing national and cultural barriers. One consequence of this has been a great increase in the quantity of education provided. Attempts have been made to eradicate illiteracy, and colleges and schools have been built everywhere.

      The growing affluence of masses of the population in high-income areas in North America and Europe has brought about, particularly since World War II, a tremendous demand for secondary and higher education. Most children stay at school until 16, 17, or even 18 years of age, and a substantial fraction spend at least two years at college. The number of universities in many countries doubled or trebled between 1950 and 1970, and the elaboration of the tertiary level continues.

      This growth is sustained partly by the industrial requirements of modern scientific technology. New methods, processes, and machines are continually introduced. Old skills become irrelevant; new industries spring up. In addition, the amount of scientific, as distinct from merely technical, knowledge grows continually. More and more researchers, skilled workers, and high-level professionals are called for. The processing of information has undergone revolutionary change. The educational response has mainly been to develop technical colleges, to promote adult education at all levels, to turn attention to part-time and evening courses, and to provide more training and education within the industrial enterprises themselves.

      The adoption of modern methods of food production has diminished the need for agricultural workers, who have headed for the cities. urbanization, however, brings problems: city centres decay, and there is a trend toward violence. The poorest remain in these centres, and it becomes difficult to provide adequate education. The radical change to large numbers of disrupted families, where the norm is a single working parent, affects the urban poor extensively but in all cases raises an expectation of additional school services. Differences in family background, together with the cultural mix partly occasioned by change of immigration patterns, requires teaching behaviour and content appropriate to a more heterogeneous school population.

Major intellectual movements
Influence of psychology and other fields on education
      The attempt to apply scientific method to the study of education dates back to the German philosopher Johann Friedrich Herbart, who called for the application of psychology to the art of teaching. But not until the end of the 19th century, when the German psychologist Wilhelm Max Wundt (Wundt, Wilhelm) established the first psychological laboratory at the University of Leipzig in 1879, were serious efforts made to separate psychology from philosophy. Wundt's monumental Principles of Physiological Psychology (1874) had significant effects on education in the 20th century.

      William James (James, William), often considered the father of American psychology of education (educational psychology), began about 1874 to lay the groundwork for his psychophysiological laboratory, which was founded officially at Harvard in 1891. In 1878 he established the first course in psychology in the United States and in 1890 published his famous The Principles of Psychology, in which he argued that the purpose of education is to organize the child's powers of conduct so as to fit him to his social and physical environment. Interests must be awakened and broadened as the natural starting points of instruction. James's Principles and Talks to Teachers on Psychology cast aside the older notions of psychology in favour of an essentially behaviourist outlook; they asked the teacher to help educate heroic individuals who would project daring visions of the future and work courageously to realize them.

      James's student Edward L. Thorndike (Thorndike, Edward L.) is credited with the introduction of modern educational psychology, with the publication of Educational Psychology in 1903. Thorndike attempted to apply the methods of exact science to the practice of psychology. James and Thorndike, together with the American philosopher John Dewey, helped to clear away many of the fantastic notions once held about the successive steps involved in the development of mental functions from birth to maturity.

      Interest in the work of Sigmund Freud and the psychoanalytic image of the child in the 1920s, as well as attempts to apply psychology to national training and education tasks in the 1940s and '50s, stimulated the development of educational psychology, and the field has become recognized as a major source for educational theory. Eminent researchers in the field have advanced knowledge of behaviour modification, child development, and motivation. They have studied learning theories ranging from classical and instrumental conditioning and technical models to social theories and open humanistic varieties. Besides the specific applications of measurement, counseling, and clinical psychology, psychology has contributed to education through studies of cognition, information processing, the technology of instruction, and learning styles. After much controversy about nature versus nurture and about qualitative versus quantitative methods, Jungian, phenomenological, and ethnographic methods have taken their place alongside psychobiological explanations to help educationists understand the place of heredity, general environment, and school in development and learning.

      The relationship between educational theory and other fields of study has become increasingly close. Social science may be used to study interactions and speech to discover what is actually happening in a classroom. Philosophy of science has led educational theorists to attempt to understand paradigmatic shifts in knowledge. The critical literature of the 1960s and '70s attacked all institutions as conveyors of the motives and economic interests of the dominant class. Both social philosophy and critical sociology have continued to elaborate the themes of social control and oppression as embedded in educational institutions. In a world of social as well as intellectual change, there are necessarily new ethical questions, such as those dealing with abortion, biological experimentation, and child rights, which place new demands on education and require new methods of teaching.

Traditional movements
      Against the various “progressive” lines of 20th-century education, there have been strong voices advocating older traditions. These voices were particularly strong in the 1930s, in the 1950s, and again in the 1980s. Essentialists stress those human experiences that they believe are indispensable to people living today or at any time. They favour the “mental disciplines” and, in the matter of method and content, put effort above interest, subjects above activities, collective experience above that of the individual, logical organization above the psychological, and the teacher's initiative above that of the learner.

      Closely related to essentialism is what used to be called humanistic, or liberal, education in its traditional form. Although many intellectuals have argued the case, Robert M. Hutchins (Hutchins, Robert Maynard), president and then chancellor of the University of Chicago from 1929 to 1951, and Mortimer J. Adler (Adler, Mortimer J.), professor of the philosophy of law at the same institution, are its most recognized proponents. Adler argued for the restoration of an Aristotelian viewpoint in education. Maintaining that there are unchanging verities, he sought a return to education fixed in content and aim. Hutchins denounced American higher education for its vocationalism and “anti-intellectualism,” as well as for its delight in minute and isolated specialization. He and his colleagues urged a return to the cultivation of the intellect.

      Opposed to the fundamental tenets of pragmatism is the philosophy that underlies all Roman Catholic (Roman Catholicism) education (parochial education). Theocentric in its viewpoint, Catholic scholasticism has God as its unchanging basis of action. It insists that without such a basis there can be no real aim to any type of living, and hence there can be no real purpose in any system of education. The church's

whole educational aim is to restore the sons of Adam to their high position as children of God. [It insists that] education must prepare man for what he should do here below in order to attain the sublime end for which he was created. (From Pius XI, encyclical on the “Christian Education of Youth,” Dec. 31, 1929.)

      Everything in education—content, method, discipline—must lead in the direction of man's supernatural destiny.

New foundations
      The three concerns that guided the development of 20th-century education were: the child, science, and society. The foundations for this trilogy were laid by so-called progressive education movements supporting child-centred education, scientific-realist education, and social reconstruction.

      The progressive education movement was part and parcel of a broader social and political reform called the Progressive movement, which dates to the last decades of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th. elementary education had spread throughout the Western world, largely doing away with illiteracy and raising the level of social understanding. Yet, despite this progress, the schools had failed to keep pace with the tremendous social changes that had been going on.

      Dissatisfaction with existing schools led several educational reformers who wished to put their ideas into practice to establish experimental schools during the last decade of the 19th century and in the early 20th century. The principal experimental schools in America until 1914 were the University of Chicago Laboratory School, founded in 1896 and directed by John Dewey; the Francis W. Parker School, founded in 1901 in Chicago; the School of Organic Education at Fairhope, Ala., founded by Marietta Johnson in 1907; and the experimental elementary school at the University of Missouri (Columbia), founded in 1904 by Junius L. Meriam. The common goal of all was to eliminate the school's traditional stiffness and to break down hard and fast subject-matter lines. Each school adopted an activity program. Each operated on the assumption that education was something that should not be imposed from without but should draw forth the latent possibilities from within the child. And each believed in the democratic concept of individual worth.

      Dewey (Dewey, John), whose writings and lectures influenced educators throughout the world, laid the foundations of a new philosophy that continues to affect the whole structure of education, particularly at the elementary level. His theories were expounded in School and Society (1899), The Child and the Curriculum (1902), and Democracy and Education (1916). For Dewey, philosophy and education render service to each other. Education becomes the laboratory of philosophy. Society should be interpreted to the child through daily living in the classroom, which acts as a miniature society. Education leads to no final end; it is something continuous, “a reconstruction of accumulated experience,” which must be directed toward social efficiency. Education is life, not merely a preparation for life.

      The influence of progressive education advanced slowly during the first decades of the 20th century. Nevertheless, a number of progressive schools were established, including the Play School and the Walden School in New York City, the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass., the Elementary School of the University of Iowa, and the Oak Lane Day School in Philadelphia. Helen Parkhurst's Dalton Plan, introduced in 1920 at Dalton, Mass., pioneered individually paced learning of broad topics. Carleton Washburne's Winnetka Plan, instituted in 1919 at Winnetka, Ill., viewed learning as a continuous process guided by the child's own goals and capabilities. The Gary Plan, developed in 1908 at Gary, Ind., by William Wirt, established a “complete school,” embracing work, study, and play for all grades on a full-year basis.

      The spread of progressive education became more rapid from the 1920s on and was not confined to any particular country. In the United States the Progressive Education Association (PEA) was formed in 1919. The PEA did much to further the cause of progressive education until it ended, as an organization, in 1955. In 1921 Europe's leading progressives formed the New Education Fellowship, later renamed the World Education Fellowship.

      The notions expressed by progressive education have influenced public-school systems everywhere. Some of the movement's lasting effects can be seen in the activity programs, imaginative writing and reading classes, projects linked to the community, flexible classroom space, dramatics and informal activities, discovery methods of learning, self-assessment systems, and programs for the development of citizenship and responsibility found in school systems all over the world.

Child-centred education
      Proponents of the child-centred approach to education have typically argued that the school should be fitted to the needs of the child and not the child to the school. These ideas, first explored in Europe, notably in Rousseau's Émile (1762) and in Pestalozzi's How Gertrude Teaches Her Children (1801), were implemented in American systems by pioneering educators such as Francis W. Parker (Parker, Francis). Parker became superintendent of schools in Quincy, Mass., in 1875. He assailed the mechanical, assembly-line methods of traditional schools and stressed “quality teaching,” by which he meant such things as activity, creative self-expression, excursions, understanding the individual, and the development of personality.

      A different approach to child-centred education arose as a result of the study and care of the physically and mentally handicapped (special education). Teachers had to invent their own methods to meet the needs of such children, because the ordinary schools did not supply them. When these methods proved successful with handicapped children, the question arose whether they might not yield even better results with ordinary children. During the first decade of the 20th century, the educationists Maria Montessori (Montessori, Maria) of Rome and Ovide Decroly (Decroly, Ovide) of Brussels both successfully applied their educational inventions in schools for ordinary boys and girls.

      The Montessori method's underlying assumption is the child's need to escape from the domination of parent and teacher. According to Montessori, children, who are the unhappy victims of adult suppression, have been compelled to adopt defensive measures foreign to their real nature in the struggle to hold their own. The first move toward the reform of education, therefore, should be directed toward educators: to enlighten their consciences, to remove their perceptions of superiority, and to make them humble and passive in their attitudes toward the young. The next move should be to provide a new environment in which the child has a chance to live a life of his own. In the Montessori method, the senses are separately trained by means of apparatuses calculated to enlist spontaneous interest at the successive stages of mental growth. By similar self-educative devices, the child is led to individual mastery of the basic skills of everyday life and then to schoolwork in arithmetic and grammar.

      The Decroly method can be characterized as a program of work based on centres of interest and educative games. Its basic feature is the workshop-classroom, in which children can go freely about their own occupations. Behind the complex of individual activities there is a carefully organized scheme of work based on an analysis of the fundamental needs of the child. The principle of giving priority to wholes rather than to parts is emphasized in teaching children to read, write, and count, and care is taken to reach a comprehensive view of the experiences of life.

      The Montessori and the Decroly methods have spread throughout the world and have widely influenced attitudes and practices of educating young children.

      Pestalozzian (Pestalozzi, Johann Heinrich) principles have also encouraged the introduction of music education into early childhood programs. Research has shown that music has an undeniable effect on the development of the young child, especially in such areas as movement, temper, and speech and listening patterns. The four most common methods of early childhood music education are those developed by Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Carl Orff, and Zoltán Kodály and the Comprehensive Musicianship approach. The Dalcroze method emphasizes movement; Orff, dramatization; Kodály, singing games; and Comprehensive Musicianship, exploration and discovery. Another popular method, developed by the Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki, is based on the theory that young children learn music in the same way that they learn their first language.

Scientific-realist education
      The scientific-realist education movement began in 1900 when Édouard Claparède (Claparède, Édouard), then a doctor at the Psychological Laboratory of the University of Geneva, responded to an appeal from the women in charge of special schools for backward and abnormal children in Geneva. The experience brought him to realize some of the defects of ordinary schools. Not as much thought is given, he argued, to the minds of children as is to their feet. Their shoes are of different sizes and shapes, made to fit their feet. When shall we have schools to measure? The psychological principles needed to adapt education to individual children were expounded in his Psychologie de l'enfant et pédagogie experimentale (1909). Later Claparède took a leading part in the creation of the J.-J. Rousseau Institute in Geneva, a school of educational sciences to which came students from all over the world.

      Theorists such as Claparède hoped to provide a scientific basis for education, an aim that was furthered by the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget (Piaget, Jean), who studied in a philosophical and psychological manner the intellectual development of children. Piaget argued, on the basis of his observations, that development of intelligence exhibits four chief stages and that the sequence is everywhere the same, although the ages in the stages of development may vary from culture to culture.

      The first stage takes place during infancy, when children, even before they learn to speak, put objects together (addition), then separate them (subtraction), perceiving them as collections, rings, networks, groups. By the age of two or three, a basis has been laid. The children have developed kinetic muscular intelligence to some degree—they can think with their fingers, their hands, their bodies. Aided by language, the capacity for symbolic thinking slowly develops. This constitutes the second stage. Up to the age of seven or eight, some of the fundamental categories of adult thinking are still absent: there is seldom any notion, for instance, of cause and effect relationships.

      The third stage is that of concrete operation. The child has begun to know how to deal with mental symbols and acquires abstract notions such as “responsibility.” But the child operates only when in the presence of concrete objects that can be manipulated. Pure abstract thinking is still too difficult. Teaching at this stage must be exceedingly concrete and active; purely verbal teaching is out of place. Only after about 12 years of age, with the onset of adolescence, do children develop the power to deal with formal mental operations not immediately attached to objects. Only then do theories begin to acquire real significance, and only then can purely verbal teaching be used.

      The child's total development, particularly emotional and social growth, also concerned educational reformers. They pointed out the error in assuming that incentives to mental effort are the same for adults and children. The English philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (Whitehead, Alfred North), in his doctrine of the “Cycle of Interests,” put forward a theory in line with the ideas of the reformers. Romance, precision, and generalization, said Whitehead, are the stages through which, rhythmically, mental growth proceeds.

Education should consist in a continual repetition of such cycles. Each lesson in a minor way should form an eddy cycle issuing in its own subordinate process.

      Whitehead believed that any scheme of education must be judged by the extent to which it stimulates a child to think. From the beginning of education, children should experience the joy of discovery.

Social-reconstructionist education
      Social-reconstructionist education is based on the theory that society can be reconstructed through the complete control of education. The objective is to change society to conform to the basic ideals of the political party or government in power or to create a utopian society through education.

      Communist (communism) education is probably the most pervasive version of operational social-reconstructionism in the world today. Originally based on the philosophy of Karl Marx (Marxism) and institutionalized in the Soviet Union (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), it now reaches a large proportion of the world's youth. From the 1950s onward, much attention has been paid to the ideal of “polytechnization.” Man, so the argument runs, is not simply Homo sapiens but rather Homo faber, the constructor and builder. He attains full mental, moral, and spiritual development through entering into social relations with others, particularly in cooperative efforts to produce material, artistic, and spiritual goods and achievements. The school should prepare pupils for such productive activities—for instance, by studying and, if possible, sharing in the work done in field, farm, or factory.

      A different social-reconstructionist movement is that of the kibbutzim (kibbutz) (collective farms) of Israel. The most striking feature of kibbutz education is that the parents forgo rearing and educating their offspring themselves and instead hand the children over to professional educators, sometimes immediately after birth. The kibbutzim type of education developed for both practical and economic reasons, but gradually educational considerations gained prominence. These were: (1) that the kibbutz way of life makes for complete equality of the sexes, (2) that the education of children in special children's houses is the best way of perpetuating the kibbutz way of life, (3) that collective education is more “scientific” than education within the family, inasmuch as children are reared and trained by experts (i.e., qualified nurses, kindergarten teachers, and other educators), in an atmosphere free of the tensions engendered by family relationships, and (4) that collective education is more democratic than traditional education and more in keeping with the spirit of cooperative living.

Major trends and problems
      The idea of social-reconstructionist education rests on a 19th-century belief in the power of education to change society. In the last quarter of the 20th century there has been considerable pessimism, but the idea that schooling can influence either society or the individual is widely held, affecting the growth of tertiary-level alternatives, management strategies, and education of disadvantaged people, both in industrialized and in developing countries.

      The international concern with assistance to people in the non-Western world has been paralleled by the inclusiveness that has characterized education in the 20th century. Education has been seen as a primary instrument in recognizing and providing equality for those suffering disadvantage because of sex, race, ethnic origin, age, or physical disability. This has required revisions of textbooks, new consciousness about language, and change in criteria for admission to higher levels. It has led to more demanding definitions of equality involving, for example, equality of outcome rather than of opportunity.

      The inclusion of all children and youth is part of a general integrative trend that has accelerated since World War II. It relates to some newer developments as well. Concern for the earth's endangered environment has become central, emphasizing in both intellectual and social life the need for cooperation rather than competition, the importance of understanding interrelationships of the ecosystem, and the idea that ecology can be used as an organizing concept. In a different vein, the rapid development of microelectronics, particularly the use of computers for multiple functions in education, goes far beyond possibilities of earlier technological advances. Although technology is thought of by some as antagonistic to humanistic concerns, others argue that it makes communication and comprehension available to a wider population and encourages “system thinking,” both ultimately integrative effects.

      The polarization of opinion on technology's effects and most other important issues is a problem in educational policy determination. In addition to the difficulties of governing increasingly large and diverse education systems, as well as those of meeting the never-ending demands of expanding education, the chronic lack of consensus makes the system unable to respond satisfactorily to public criticism and unable to plan for substantive long-range development. The political and administrative responses so far have been (1) to attend to short-run efficiency by improving management techniques and (2) to adopt polar responses to accommodate polar criticisms. Thus, community and community schools have been emphasized along with central control and standardization, and institutional alternatives have been opened, while the structure of main institutions has become more articulated. For example, the focus of attention has been placed on the transition stages, which earlier were virtually ignored: from home to school, from primary to secondary to upper secondary, from school to work. Tertiary institutions have been reconceived as part of a unified level; testing has become more sophisticated and credentials have become more differentiated either by certificate or by transcript. Alternative teaching strategies have been encouraged in theory, but basic curriculum uniformity has effectively restricted the practice of new methods. General education is still mainly abstract, and subject matter, though internally more dynamic, still rests on language, mathematics, and science. There has been an increasing reliance on the construction of subject matter to guide the method of teaching. Teachers are entrusted with a greater variety of tasks, but they are less trusted with knowledge, leading political authorities to call for upgrading of teacher training, teacher in-service training, and regular assessment of teacher performance.

      Recent reform efforts have been focused on integrating general and vocational education and on encouraging lifelong or recurrent education to meet changing individual and social needs. Thus, not only has the number of students and institutions increased, as a result of inclusion policies, but the scope of education has also expanded. This tremendous growth, however, has raised new questions about the proper functions of the school and the effectiveness for life, work, or intellectual advancement of present programs and means of instruction.

Western patterns of education

Early 19th to early 20th century
      English education has been less consciously nationalist than that of continental European countries, but it has been deeply influenced by social class structure. Traditionally, the English have held that the activity of the government should be restricted to essential matters such as the defense of property and should not interfere in education, which was the concern of family and church. The growth of a national education system throughout the 19th century continued without a clear plan or a national decision. The cornerstone of the modern system was laid by the Elementary Education Act of 1870, which accepted the principle that the establishment of a system of elementary schools should be the responsibility of the state. It did not, however, eliminate the traditional prominence of voluntary agencies in the sphere of English education. Nor did it provide for secondary education, which was conducted largely by voluntary fee-charging grammar schools (grammar school) and “public” schools. These public schools were usually boarding schools charging rather high fees. Their tradition was aristocratic, exclusive, formal, and classical. Their main goal was to develop “leaders” for service in public life. In 1900 one child in 70 could expect to enter a secondary school of some kind. The grammar schools copied the curriculum of the public schools, so that only the intellectual and social elite were able to attend.

      In 1899 an advance was made toward the development of a national system encompassing both elementary and secondary education by creating a Board of Education as the central authority for education. The Balfour Act of 1902 established a comprehensive system of local government for both secondary (secondary education) and elementary education. It created new local education authorities and empowered them to provide secondary schools and develop technical education. The Education Act of 1918 (The Fisher Act) aimed at the establishment of a “national system of public education available for all persons capable of profiting thereby.” Local authorities were called upon to prepare plans for the orderly and progressive development of education. The school-leaving age was raised to 14, and power was given to local authorities to extend it to 15.

Education Act of 1944
      The Education Act of 1944 involved a thorough recasting of the educational system. The Board of Education was replaced by a minister who was to direct and control the local education authorities, thereby assuring a more even standard of educational opportunity throughout England and Wales. Every local education authority was required to submit for the minister's approval a development plan for primary and secondary education and a plan for further education in its area. Two central advisory councils were constituted, one for England, another for Wales. These had the power, in addition to dealing with problems set by the minister, to tender advice on their own initiative. The total number of education authorities in England and Wales was reduced from 315 to 146.

      The educational systems of Scotland and Northern Ireland are separate and distinct from that of England and Wales, although there are close links between them. The essential features of the Education Act of 1944 of England and Wales were reproduced in the Education Act of 1945 in Scotland and in the Education Act of 1947 in Northern Ireland. There were such adaptations in each country as were required by local traditions and environment.

      The complexity of the education system in the United Kingdom arises in part from the pioneer work done in the past by voluntary bodies and a desire to retain the voluntary element in the state system. The act of 1944 continued the religious compromise expressed in the acts of 1870 and 1902 but elaborated and modified it after much consultation with the parties concerned. The act required that, in every state-aided primary and secondary school, the day should begin with collective worship on the part of all pupils and that religious instruction should be given in every such school. As in earlier legislation there was, however, a conscience clause and another to ensure that no teacher should suffer because of religious convictions. Religious instruction continues to be given in both fully maintained and state-aided voluntary schools, and opportunities exist for religious training beyond the daily worship and minimum required instruction. In many schools the religious offering has become nondenominational, and in areas of high non-Christian immigrant population consideration may be given to alternative religious provision.

      Two fundamental reforms in the act of 1944 were the requirement of secondary education for all, a requirement that meant that no school fees could be charged in any school maintained by public authority; and replacement of the former distinction between elementary and higher education by a new classification of “three progressive stages to be known as primary education, secondary education, and further education.” To provide an adequate secondary education in accordance with “age, ability, and aptitude,” as interpreted by the Ministry of Education, three separate schools were necessary: the grammar school, modeled on elite public schools, the less intellectually rigorous secondary modern school, and the technical school. If, in exceptional circumstances, such provisions were made in a single school, then the school would have to be large enough to comprise the three separate curricula under one roof. Children were directed to the appropriate school at the age of 11 by means of selection tests.

      The tripartite system of grammar, secondary modern, and technical schools did not, in fact, flourish. The ministry had never been specific about the proportion of “technically minded” children in the population, but, in terms of school places provided in practice, it was about 5 percent. Since, on the average, grammar-school places were available to 20 percent, this left 75 percent of the child population to be directed to the secondary modern schools for which the ministry advocated courses not designed to lead to any form of qualification.

The comprehensive movement
      Selection procedures at the age of 11 proved to be the Achilles' heel of the grammar school–secondary modern system. Various developments contributed to the downfall of selection at 11: first, the examination successes of the secondary modern schoolchildren; second, the failure of a significant proportion of the children so carefully selected for grammar schools; third, the report of a committee appointed by the British Psychological Society supported arguments that education itself promotes intellectual development and that “intelligence” tests (intelligence test) do not in fact measure genetic endowment but rather educational achievement.

      The main issue in the 1950s and '60s was whether or not the grammar schools should be retained with selection at 11 plus. One of the main arguments used was that the right of “parental choice” must be upheld. Another was that it was in the “English tradition” to retain a selective system. But gradually the number of comprehensive (comprehensive school) (nonselective) schools increased.

      The Labour Party during the election of 1964 promised to promote the establishment of the comprehensive school and to abolish selection at 11 plus. On taking office, however, the Labour government, instead of legislating, issued a circular in the belief that this would enlist local support and encourage local initiative. The result was conflict between national policy and local policy in some areas. The Conservative government elected in 1970 declared its intention of leaving decisions about reorganization to the local authorities. The comprehensive principle has since become dominant, and the number of comprehensive schools has grown under both Labour and Conservative governments so that most state-maintained secondary schools are now comprehensive. The administrative compromise of leaving organizational options open to local authorities has permitted variations to continue, however. Five to 6 percent of the school population attend completely independent private schools. Enrollment at the exclusively academic, often prestigious, and costly independent secondary schools may be preceded by attendance at private preparatory schools.

      The primary school begins at age five and is usually divided into an infant stage (ages five to seven) and a junior stage (ages eight to 11). In those few localities using a middle-school organization, children attend the middle school from age eight or nine to age 13 or 14. Preschool provision is uneven, but a great deal of innovation has taken place in ideas and practices of early-childhood learning. In the infant school children work together with their teacher. Children may be placed together vertically in the same class, like a family group. Play is considered an activity of central significance in the infant school. It is a vehicle for the child's motivation and learning, carefully structured to promote cognitive development. The teacher's job is to set the environment through organization of space, time, and materials; to encourage, guide, and stimulate; and to see that all children learn and develop independence and responsibility. Studies are interrelated, and the curriculum is flexible.

      The compromise regarding school organization is representative of the British educational administration's attempt to balance local and national interests delicately. Local education authorities are responsible for basic school operations, and much of the professional responsibility is passed on to the school. This representation of community and professional interest is underscored in policy documents, such as the 1980 Education Act's stipulation that governing boards include at least two parent and two teacher representatives. Local education authorities maintain a professional administrative staff and administer school finances, which are funded primarily by government grants and local property taxes.

      Ultimate authority for education is at the national level, with the Department of Education and Science (formerly the Ministry of Education) headed by the secretary of state for education and science. The department is the agent of governmental policy. It reaches schools through circulars and directives as well as through Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools. The inspectors increasingly advise and report on the general condition of schooling.

      Under the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher emphasis has been placed on management efficiency. While decentralization has applied to operational decisions, the government has increasingly pushed for standardization of curriculum and streamlining of assessment procedures. Traditionally, curriculum had been decentralized to the extreme in the United Kingdom, being a matter of teacher's professional judgment, unified only informally (though effectively) through the influence of teacher training, publicized curriculum projects, textbook choices, and public examination syllabi. This resulted in a great deal of curriculum agreement in the common schooling period, narrowing to a secondary core to age 16, including a wide range of options in the comprehensive school, and different basic curricula in selective systems. Independent schools showed some variations, particularly in the requirement of Latin, and the upper secondary stage was characterized by specialization. Through the 1970s and '80s, however, there was central pressure on curriculum improvement in science, practical elements, technical and vocational education, and the relationship of education to economic life. Influential publications have proposed standardization of the curriculum nationally.

      Probably the issue that has received the most attention has been the relationship of education to the economy, to industry, to work. Much of the impact of this attention has been on the post-compulsory sector. Schemes developed outside of the educational establishment are providing training for young school-leavers. The Technical and Vocational Education Initiative calls for local education authority cooperation with the Manpower Services Commission in the introduction of technical courses which span school and post-school training. Recent reforms to the examination and certification system exemplify the government's thrust toward improvement of the education–economy link, toward rationalization of the system, and toward coordinated, standardized assessment procedures.

      Further education is officially described as the “post-secondary stage of education, comprising all vocational and nonvocational provision made for young people who have left school, or for adults.” Further education thus embraces the vast range of university, technical, commercial, and art education and the wide field of adult education. It is this sector of education, which is concerned with education beyond the normal school-leaving ages of 16 or 18, that has experienced the most astonishing growth in the number of students.

      In the 19th century the dominance of Oxford and Cambridge was challenged by the rise of the civic universities (university), such as London, Manchester, and Birmingham. Following the lead of the 18th-century German universities and responding to a public demand for increased opportunity for higher education, Britain's new civic universities quickly acquired recognition—not only in technological fields but also in the fine and liberal arts.

      Many new post-school technical colleges were founded in the early 20th century. The Fisher Act of 1918 empowered the local authorities to levy a rate (tax) to finance such colleges. The universities, on the other hand, received funds from the central government through the University Grants Committee, established in 1911 and reorganized in 1920, after World War I.

      A new type of technical college (technical education) was established in the 1960s—the polytechnic, which provides mainly technological courses of university level as well as courses of a general kind in the arts and sciences. Polytechnics are chartered to award degrees validated by a Council for National Academic Awards.

      Thus, the tertiary level in the United Kingdom is made up of colleges of further education, technical colleges, polytechnics, and universities. The colleges offer full-time and part-time courses beyond compulsory-school level. Polytechnics and universities are mainly responsible for degrees and research. The innovative Open University, with its flexible admission policy and study arrangements, opened in 1971. It uses various media to provide highly accessible and flexible higher education for working adults and other part-time students. It serves as an organizational model and provides course materials for similar institutions in other countries.

      Changes in British education in the second half of the 20th century have, without changing the basic values in the system, extended education by population, level, and content. New areas for expansion include immigrant cultural groups and multicultural content, the accommodation of special needs, and the development of tools and content in the expanding fields of microelectronics.

Imperial Germany
      The formation of the German Empire in 1871 saw the beginning of centralized political control in the country and a corresponding emphasis on state purposes for education. Although liberal and socialist ideas were discussed, and even practiced in experimental schools, the main features of the era were the continued systematization of education, which had progressed in Prussia from 1763, and the class-based division of schools. Education for the great bulk of the population stressed not only literacy but also piety and morality, vocational and economic efficiency, and above all obedience and discipline. The minority of citizens in the upper social (social class) and economic strata were educated in separate schools according to a classical humanist rationale of intelligence and fitness that equipped them to fill the higher positions in the Reich. Reform proposals in the last decade of the 19th century led to an overhaul of the education system, but the changes did not remove class privileges.

      The Volksschule was universal, free, and compulsory. The fundamental subjects were taught along with gymnastics and religion, which held important places in the curriculum. Girls and boys were taught in separate schools except when it was uneconomical to do so. Boys usually received training in manual work, and girls in domestic science. Graduates of the Volksschule found it almost impossible to enter the secondary school, which was attended almost exclusively by graduates of private preparatory schools charging fees. The Volksschule led its students directly to work and was thus separate and parallel to the secondary-school (secondary education) program rather than sequential.

      Boys who, at the age of nine, were about to enter secondary school had to decide on one of the three types of schools, each offering a different curriculum. The traditional classical Gymnasium stressed Latin and Greek. The Realgymnasium offered a curriculum that was a compromise between the humanities and modern subjects. The Oberrealschule stressed modern languages and sciences. Although Kaiser William II threw his influence on the side of the modernists in 1890, the Gymnasium continued to overshadow the other two schools until after World War II.

      Secondary schools for girls were recognized by Prussia in 1872 and were extended and improved in 1894 and again in 1908. These schools were fee-paying and were thus available chiefly to the upper social and economic strata. The course of instruction lasted 10 years, from six to 16. This 10-year school was called the Lyzeum, the first three years being preparatory. Beyond it was the Oberlyzeum, which was divided into two courses: the Frauenschule, which offered a two-year general course, and the Lehrerinnenseminar, which offered a four-year course for prospective elementary-school teachers. Girls who wanted a secondary-school education similar to that of the boys transferred at the age of 13 to the Studienanstalt.

      Continuation schools for the working class augmented apprenticeship training with part-time education. They were the forerunners of the part-time vocational Berufsschulen, which continue today. Greatly influenced by the ideas of Georg Kerschensteiner, these schools increased in importance in the early 20th century. Between 1919 and 1938 they filled out the secondary sector to ensure attendance at some kind of school for all youth to the age of 18.

      In no sphere of public activity did the establishment of the Weimar Republic after 1919 cause more creative discussion and more far-reaching changes than in that of education. A four-year Grundschule was established, free and compulsory for all children. It was the basic building block for all subsequent social liberalization in education. Besides the elementary subjects and religion, the child was instructed in drawing, singing, physical training, and manual work. The Oberstufe, the four upper classes of the elementary school, combined with the Grundschule, formed a complete whole. Most elementary schools thus provided an eight-year course of study. Intermediate schools (Mittelschulen) were established for children who wished a longer and more advanced elementary-school course and were able to pay modest fees.

      The Weimar constitution preserved the religious tradition, which had been an essential part of the school curriculum in Germany since the Reformation. No pupil, however, could be compelled to study religion, and no teacher could be forced to teach it. Communities were accorded the right to establish schools in accordance with the particular religious beliefs of the pupils.

      As regards secondary education, the Weimar Republic kept the prewar division of Gymnasium, Realgymnasium, and Oberrealschule. (There were three comparable schools for girls.) In addition, there was established the Aufbauschule, which was a six-year school following completion of the seventh year of the elementary school, and the Deutsche Oberschule, a nine-year school that required two modern foreign languages and stressed German culture.

Nazi Germany
      After Adolf Hitler's accession to power in 1933, the Nazis set out to reconstruct Germany society. To do that, the totalitarian government attempted to exert complete control over the populace. Every institution was infused with National Socialist ideology and infiltrated by Nazi personnel in chief positions. Schools were no exception. Even before coming to power, Hitler (Hitler, Adolf) in Mein Kampf had hinted at his plans for broad educational exploitation. The Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda exercised control over virtually every form of expression—radio, theatre, cinema, the fine arts, the press, churches, and schools. The control of the schools began in March 1933 with the issuing of the first educational decree, which held that “German culture must be treated thoroughly.”

      The Nazi (National Socialism) government attempted to control the minds of the young and thus, among other means, intruded Nazi beliefs into the school curriculum. A major part of biology became “race science,” and health education and physical training did not escape the racial stress. Geography became geopolitics, the study of the fatherland being fundamental. Physical training was made compulsory for all, as was youth labour service. Much of the fundamental curriculum was not disturbed, however.

Changes after World War II
      Immediately after World War II the occupying powers (Britain, France, and the United States in the western zones and the Soviet Union in the east) instituted education programs designed to clean out Nazi influence and to reflect their respective educational values. These efforts were soon absorbed into independent German educational reconstruction. The Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) of May 1949 granted autonomy in educational matters to the Länd (state) governments. Although efforts to strengthen the federal government's presence have waxed and waned, Länd governments remain independent and divided along political lines on educational reforms.

      The two main political issues dividing the states have always been confessional schooling and the tripartite division of secondary schooling, with conservative states like Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg on the one side and socially progressive states like Hessen and West Berlin on the other. After a 20-year period of reform discussion on these issues, marked by influential state or national proposals, the balance shifted in the mid-1970s to the conservatives, albeit with a great deal of internal liberalization. That is, confessional schools and confessional instruction in schools remained, but the latter was increasingly in ecumenical or ethical versions. This change, like others, has been supported by the presence of a large number of non-German children representing various cultural beliefs and behaviours. On the issue of dividing secondary schools, in spite of continued strong intellectual and political support from some quarters, the movement toward comprehensive schools has at least for the time being died out. Even where comprehensive schools (Gesamtschulen) exist, they usually incorporate separate secondary paths. Nevertheless, the effective extension of common schooling through an “orientation stage” between elementary and secondary schooling, the attempt to develop each level so that it better serves more youth, even if differentially, and the functional integration of school branches through curriculum reform and transfer possibilities all point to a comprehensiveness within the system.

      Education is compulsory from age six to 18. In general, pupils spend four years in the elementary school (Grundschule), six years in one of the lower secondary branches, and two years in one of the upper secondary branches. The first two years of the lower secondary school constitute the “orientation stage.” Long governed by entrance examination, the choice of secondary school is now made by the parents, although performance at the orientation stage, especially in the subjects of German, mathematics, and foreign language (English), influences decisions.

      About 25 percent of secondary-school-age children enter the Gymnasium, which, with different academic emphases, remains the successor to its classical ancestor. Roughly 40 percent attend the nonselective Hauptschule (“main school”), which offers basic subjects to grade nine or 10 and is followed by apprenticeship with part-time vocational school or by full-time vocational school. Approximately 25 percent attend the Realschule (formerly Mittelschule), which offers academic and prevocational options. It leads to vocational school or technical school, which in turn lead to commercial, technical, or administrative occupations. The vocational-technical sector has always been given careful government and industry attention, and the network now includes a wide range of methods and content alternatives, with levels up to a university equivalent. All of these institutions encompass general education, theory of the trade or industrial field, and work practice. The schools can be reentered from work and can provide an alternative path to the university.

      One of the means of coordinating differences among Länd systems has been through the Conference of the Cultural Ministers of the states, and one of the important resolutions of this body, in 1973, was for reform of the upper secondary stage. Attention has been given to equalizing opportunities at this stage. This has affected the Gymnasium by shifting much of the traditional load to the upper level. Although the first stage is still academically demanding, the foreign-language requirement is much more flexible, and many students now leave for work at the end of the 10th school year. The upper level is required to reach the Abitur, qualifying the student for university entrance. Although the range of subjects has been extended, courses have been diversified, and final achievement is now indicated by a cumulative point system. The upper level of the Gymnasium is characterized by breadth of knowledge at a high intellectual standard, including cultural essentials as well as an academic concentration, and thus still captures the German educational ideal.

      Whether due to periodic change, German tradition, or inadequate understanding of the reform process, the educational system has irresistibly returned to basic principles. The incorporation of new alternatives and individual opportunities yields an open rather than a fundamentally changed system. This may be the best way for education to meet the major political themes of modern Germany: individual rights as the criterion of policy determination and the European community as the broader context of national development.

The Third Republic
      The establishment of the Third Republic (1870) brought about the complete renovation of the French schools, in the process of which education became a national enterprise. In 1882 primary education (elementary education) was made compulsory for all children between the ages of six and 13. In 1886, members of the clergy were forbidden to teach in the public schools, and in 1904 the teaching congregations were suppressed. France had thus established a national free, compulsory, and secularized system of elementary schooling. (Although secularization was a necessary government strategy, it was also necessary to permit private Catholic schools, and these have continued to enroll a significant number of French children.)

      In spite of the attempt to unify education through national purpose and centralized means, two parallel systems existed, that of the public elementary schools and higher primary schools and that of the selective, overwhelmingly intellectual secondary lycées and their preparatory schools. The lycées emphasized classical studies through the study of Greek and Latin. It was not until 1902 that this exclusive emphasis was challenged by a reform promoting the study of modern languages and science and not until the period between World Wars I and II that education was seen to have a vocational function, other than grossly in a social-class sense, and thus to require democratization.

      The administration of education in France has remained highly centralized and has continued to be concerned with every aspect of national education, including curricula, syllabi, textbooks, and teacher performance. At the head of the system is the minister of national education, who is advised and assisted by a hierarchy of officials. The country is divided into 27 educational administrative areas, each known as an “academy.” The chief education officer is the rector, the minister's most important representative, who administers the laws and regulations. The inspectorate, represented by regional inspectors under an inspecteur d'académie and by national inspectors, has extensive bureaucratic and supervisory powers.

Changes after World War II
      Since 1946 education has been included in the plans developed by the central planning commission in France. In general, government has been friendly to educational development and reform. Student protests in the late 1960s caused an antagonistic reaction, however, and teacher resistance appears to work against many government reform initiatives. Government reform trends in recent years have been toward increasing administrative efficiency and accountability, meeting national economic needs through improved technological education, improving the articulation of system parts, opening the school to the community, and correcting inequalities, through both curricular and organizational provisions. Attention has been given not only to “socializing” the system but also to correcting inequalities suffered by French ethnic minorities and immigrant children, to amending social-geographic inequalities, and to increasing options for the handicapped, in both special schools and, after the mid-1970s, regular schools.

      In 1947 a commission established to examine the educational system recommended a thorough overhauling of the entire school system. Education was to be compulsory from the age of six to 18. Schooling was to be divided into three successive stages: (1) six to 11, aimed at mastery of the basic skills and knowledge, (2) 11 to 15, a period of guidance to discover aptitudes, and (3) 15 to 18, a stage during which education was to be diversified and specialized. The system has since consistently developed from one featuring a common elementary school to one incorporating a progression into separate paths. Reforms have aimed to provide equality of educational experience at each stage and to create curricular conditions that further career advancement without abridging general education or forcing students to choose a profession prematurely.

      Preschool education is given in the école maternelle (maternal school), in which attendance is voluntary from the age of two to six years. Education is compulsory between six and 16 years of age and is free. The five-year elementary school is followed by a four-year lower secondary school (secondary education), the collège unique, which has been the object of much attention. The first two years at the collège unique constitute the observation cycle, during which teachers observe student performance; during the remaining two years, the orientation cycle, teachers offer guidance and assist pupils in identifying their abilities and determining a career direction.

      At the upper secondary level, from age 15 to 18, students enter either the general and technological high school (lycée d'enseignement général et technologique), successor to the traditional academic high school, or the vocational senior high school (lycée d'enseignement professionel), encompassing a range of vocational-technical studies and qualifications. Students entering the former choose one of three basic streams the first year, then concentrate the next two years on one of five sections of study: literary-philosophical studies, economics and social science, mathematics and physical science, earth science and biological science, or scientific and industrial technology. The number of sections and particularly the number of technological options is scheduled for expansion. There is a common core of subjects plus electives in grades 10 and 11, but all subjects are oriented to the pupil's major area of study. In grade 12 the subjects are optional. The baccalauréat examination taken at the end of these studies qualifies students for university entrance. It consists of written and oral examinations. More than half of the 70 percent who pass are females. The proportion of the age group reaching this peak of school success has risen continuously, with corresponding effects on entrance to higher education.

      Vocational-technical secondary education includes a wide variety of options. Each of the courses leading to one of the 30 or so technical baccalauréats requires three years of study and prepares students for corresponding studies in higher education. Students may also choose to obtain, in descending order of qualification requirements and course demands, the technician diploma (brevet de technicien), the diploma of vocational studies (brevet d'études professionelles), or the certificate of vocational aptitude (certificat d'aptitude professionelle). A one-year course conferring no specialized qualification is also available. As an alternative, youths may opt for apprenticeship training in the workplace.

      Higher education is offered in universities, in institutes attached to a university, and in the grandes écoles. Students attend for two to five years and sit either for a diploma or, in certain establishments, for university degrees or for a competitive examination such as the agrégation. Undergraduate courses last for three or four years, depending on the type of degree sought.

      The universities went through a period of violent student dissatisfaction in the late 1960s. Reforms ensued encouraging decentralization, diversification of courses, and moderation of the importance of examinations. Nevertheless, the failure or dropout rate in the first two years is still high, and there are marked differences in status among institutions and faculties.

      Teachers are graded according to the results of a competitive academic examination, and their training and qualifications vary by grade. The five grades range from the elementary teacher to the highly qualified graduate agrégé, who enjoys the lightest teaching load and the highest prestige and who teaches at the secondary level or higher. The differences have long been a matter of concern, as has the entrenchment of the higher levels of the teaching establishment. The system has resisted reforms calling for more uniformity in teacher status, changes in method and content orientation, teacher cooperation, interdisciplinarity, and technological familiarity. Reforms to extend the level of common education, to increase options at the upper secondary level, to strengthen the technological component, and to introduce steps to improve the link between school and work have nonetheless been achieved. Internal reform proposals include the more flexible organization of time and content and the addition of extracurricular activities appropriate to the real life of youth and society. Government forays into decentralization have promoted community links at the school level and school program initiatives. The outcomes will at best affect the system gradually, however.

Other European countries
      Most eastern European education systems follow the old Soviet model (see below Revolutionary patterns of education: Russia: from tsarism to communism (education)). In western Europe many countries have been influenced by the British, German, and French systems, but there are numerous variations, some of which are treated here.

      Education in Italy up to 1923 was governed by the Casati Law, passed in 1859, when the country was being unified. The Casati Law organized the school system on the French plan of centralized control. In 1923 the entire national school system was reformed. The principle of state supremacy was reinforced by introducing at the end of each main course of studies a state examination to be taken by pupils from both public and private schools.

      Eight years of schooling has been compulsory since 1948, although this plan was not realized until 1962. The five-year elementary school, for pupils aged six to 11, is followed by the undifferentiated middle or lower secondary school (scuola media) for pupils from 11 to 14. There continues to be a strong private (mainly Roman Catholic) interest in preschools and in teacher training for elementary and preschool levels.

      Although reform proposals call for an extension of the unitary principle through the five-year upper secondary level, this level is highly diversified, with classical and scientific licei (schools) and a vast array of programs in vocational and industrial technical institutes. Shorter courses are given in institutes for elementary teachers and in art schools.

      Entrance to Italian universities (university) is gained by successful completion of any of the upper secondary alternatives. Universities are basically the only form of postsecondary education. They require the passing of a variable number of examinations, at the end of which the students sit for a degree (laurea), which gives them the title of dottore. To be able to exercise any profession, such as that of lawyer, doctor, or business consultant, the student must take a state examination. Students who do not complete their studies in the normal period of time, from four to six years, may remain at the university for several years as fuori corso (“out of sequence”).

      The unification of the lower levels and the expansion of academic and particularly vocational-technical alternatives at the upper level are notable advances, but the Italian education system still suffers from fragmentation and lack of articulation. Indications of low achievement and regional inequalities, in spite of relatively heavy public investment, suggest problems with system effectiveness. The force of conservative political, religious, and educational resistance to change is likely to maintain divisions of policy and outcome.

The Netherlands (Netherlands, The)
      The first modern school law in the Netherlands was passed in 1801, when the government laid down the principle that each parish had the right to open and maintain schools. A debate between the proponents of denominational and nondenominational schools went on during the 19th century. The controversy was closed by a law of 1920, which declared that denominational schools were fully equal with state schools, both types being eligible for public funds. The resultant decentralization is unique. Roughly two-thirds of the Dutch school-age children attend private schools. In return for public funds, the private school, which may be Protestant, Roman Catholic, or secular, must provide a curriculum equivalent to that offered by the public schools.

      Religious-philosophical diversity is a characteristic feature of Dutch schools. Secondary education comprises four main types, which may be further differentiated: preuniversity, general, vocational, and miscellaneous, which may be part-time. Selection decisions are strongly influenced by examinations. Preprimary and primary schools were recently combined into single eight-year schools for children aged four to 12. Other recent changes include the growth of vocational education at the postsecondary level and the increase in opportunity for females, as indicated by increasing enrollment at higher levels and by the establishment of special programs, such as that giving women whose schooling was interrupted the chance to return and finish their education.

      The Swiss constitution of 1874 provided that each canton or half canton must organize and maintain free and compulsory elementary schools. The federal government exercises no educational function below the university level, except to help finance the municipal and cantonal schools. The Swiss school system thus consists of 26 cantonal systems, each having its own department of education, which sets up its own school regulations. The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Directors of Education has increased its efforts to achieve some educational unity, but great diversity remains.

      In general, schooling is compulsory for eight or nine years, beginning at the age of six or seven. The elementary and lower secondary curriculum continues to stress mathematics and language. Cantonal differences in the training of elementary-school teachers remain a matter of concern, but provisions for additional training of in-service teachers are good. Each cantonal system begins to diversify at the lower secondary level and is even further differentiated at the post-compulsory upper secondary level. The pupil's future professional life is a decisive factor in the selection of post-compulsory schooling. Most pupils enter one of the many vocational courses, in which apprenticeship has long played a serious role. Among preuniversity schools, three types have been added to the two traditional ones emphasizing classical languages; the new schools stress mathematics and science (1925), modern languages (1972), and economics (1972). New proposals favour the consolidation of the preuniversity schools.

      After World War II the Swedish government began to extend and unify the school system, which had historically been the domain of the Lutheran church. In 1950 the National Board of Education introduced a nine-year compulsory comprehensive school, with differentiation of pupils postponed until late in the program. This grundskola replaced all other forms in the compulsory period by 1972–73. Following the unification of the elementary and lower secondary levels was the systematic integration of the upper secondary level, covering ages 16 to 19. This gymnasieskola uses organizational and extracurricular means of integration, but students are separated into 25 “lines,” of which many are general-academic but most are vocational. Reforms have been implemented to make higher education available to more people, and adult education is encouraged.

      The Swedish reform has attracted much attention in Europe for several reasons. It achieved the earliest unequivocal unification of the compulsory-school sector. While moving toward increased levels of integration in the system, the reciprocity of differentiation and integration was used as a principle of school development. As a result, the vocational sector was incorporated into the general upper secondary school. Theory and practice were recognized as components of all programs. The reform process, which specified a long period of experimentation and voluntary action (1950 to 1962) and a correspondingly long period of implementation (1962 to 1972), was singularly well conceived to build planning into participation and practice. The resultant organization is stable but open to change on the same principles. Thus, the new equality thrust goes beyond establishing equal opportunity to providing compensatory measures, even though they sometimes limit free choice, as, for example, in the use of sex quotas to bring women or men into occupations where they had been underrepresented.

      Attention has also been focused on the Swedish approach to recurrent education, which introduces the idea of interchanging school and work as early as the secondary level. The coordination of school and work life, which is a worldwide goal, is not only built into institutional programs in Sweden but is also pursued there at a grass-roots level through local councils.

Joseph Albert Lauwerys Roland Lee Swink Robert Frederic Lawson

      As the United States entered the 20th century, the principles that underlie its present educational enterprise were already set. Educational sovereignty rested in the states. Education was free, compulsory, universal, and articulated from kindergarten to university, though the amount of free schooling varied from state to state, as did the age of required school attendance. Although a state could order parents to put their children to their books, it could not compel them to send them to a public school. Parents with sectarian persuasions could send their offspring to religious schools. In principle there was to be equal educational opportunity.

Expansion of American education
      Though such principles remained the basis of America's educational endeavour, that endeavour, like America, has undergone a vast evolution. The once-controversial parochial (parochial education) schools have not only continued to exist but have also increasingly drawn public financial support for programs or students. The currency of privatization, carrying the idea of free choice in a private-sector educational market, strengthens the bargaining position of religious as well as other private schools. The issue of equality has succeeded the issue of religion as the dominant topic of American educational debate. Conditions vary markedly among regions of the country. Definitions of equal opportunity have become more sophisticated, referring increasingly to wealth, region, physical disability, race, sex, or ethnic origin, rather than simply to access. Means for dealing with inequality have become more complex. Since the 1950s, measures to open schools, levels, and programs to minority students have changed from the passive “opportunity” conception to “ affirmative action.” Measured by high-school completion and college attendance figures, both generally high and continually rising in the United States, and by standardized assessment scores, gains for blacks and other minority students have been noteworthy from the 1970s. Although state departments of education use equalization formulas and interdistrict incentives to reach the poorest areas under their jurisdiction, conditions remain disadvantageous and difficult to address in some areas, particularly the inner cities, where students are mostly minorities. City schools often represent extremes in the array of problems facing youth generally: drug and alcohol abuse, crime, suicide, unwanted pregnancy, and illness; and the complex situation seems intractable. Meeting the needs of a racially and ethnically mixed population has, however, turned from the problem of the cities and from an assimilationist solution toward educational means of knowing and understanding the disadvantaged groups. States have mandated multicultural courses in schools and for teachers. Districts have introduced bilingual instruction and have provided instruction in English as a second language. Books have been revised to better represent the real variety in the population. The status of women has been given attention, particularly through women's studies, through improved access to higher education (women are now a majority of U.S. college students) and to fields previously exclusive to men, and through attempts to revise sexist language in books, instruction, and research.

      The idea persists that in the American democracy everyone, regardless of condition, is expected to have a fair chance. Such is the tenet that underlay the establishment of the free, tax-supported common school and high school. As science pointed the way, the effort to bridge the gulf between the haves and have-nots presently extended to those with physical and mental handicaps. Most states and many cities have long since undertaken programs (special education) to teach the handicapped, though financially the going has been difficult. In 1958 Congress appropriated $1 million to help prepare teachers of mentally retarded children. Thenceforward, federal aid for the handicapped steadily increased. With the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975—and with corresponding legislation in states and communities—facilities, program development, teacher preparation, and employment training for the handicapped have advanced more rapidly and comprehensively than in any other period. Current reforms aim to place handicapped children in the least restrictive environment and, where possible, to “mainstream” them in regular schools and classes.

      As the century began, American youths attended an eight-year elementary (elementary education) school, whereupon those who continued went to a four-year high school. This “eight–four system” wholly prevailed until about 1910, when the “six–three–three system” made a modest beginning. Under the rearrangement, the pupil studied six years in the elementary and three in the junior (junior high school) and senior high schools, respectively. Both systems are in use, there being almost the same number of four-year high schools and three–three junior–senior high school arrangements. There has been a change at the elementary–junior high connect