Originally published in 1977, this volume analyzes aspects of elementary schooling in the nineteenth century and the ways in which it prepared working-class children for life in industrial Britain.

The book examines:

  • The procedures and practices of different types of schools.
  • The ideologies guiding elementary education
  • The social implications of curriculum content and pupils’ and parents’ attitudes to the education provided by the church and state.

chapter 6|26 pages

Ideology and the factory child: attitudes to half–time education

ByHarold Silver

chapter 7|26 pages

Drill, discipline and the elementary school ethos

ByJ. S. Hurt