Physical Training and the Schools
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The English Schools of 1600 showed few dramatic effects from the intellectual and spiritual upheavals of the century through which they had just passed. Their main differences from what they had been a century or more earlier lay in a somewhat wider curriculum ( which had brought Greek into some of the best of them), rather less rigid methods, the widespread use of
text-books, and the teaching of the tenets of the English church in place of those of the Roman. Such advances as had been made were hardly radical, and the beginning of the seventeenth century saw the schools applying an almost exclusively classical and grammatical curriculum which fell considerably short in its range and intentions of that required by the courtly educators and which, in its application, owed few debts to the Italian Renaissance.