If we look back, we will see how the people from the past started this pretty smart tradition of intellectual effort, called school. It is very interesting how everything started, who invented the idea that people need to go to school to actually do some brain work. Many many years ago, the human beings obviously realized they had some brain potential and this potential could be developed. So, what kind of school did they have back then? The school of that time was not exactly like the schools we know it today.
The ancient Egyptians, for example, had their own schools which were only for the kids of the rich Egyptians. The rest, or those who were born in poor families, had to stay at home. The boys would learn the profession of their fathers and the girls would learn to be good housewives from their mothers.
The rich kids could have 2 options – either to have a private teacher or to go to school. The writing and the reading skills they would learn by using a special paper called papyrus. Their alphabet looked more like drawing than writing, but that was their own way of writing. They actually used symbols, that today we call hieroglyphs. They were quite complex – sometimes few hieroglyphs would make a single word; sometimes one of them would mean an object. So somehow the kids at their early age were forced to draw good pictures… or nobody would be able to read their sentences.
The ancient Romans also had their interesting system of education. Like the Egyptians, the Romans would also put to school only the kids who came from rich families. Too sad they tended to do so – this sounds like discrimination to me. So again, the kids of the rich people would either go to school, or be taught at home. They would go through the whole studies and classes with their tutors or educated slaves. The writing skills they used to learn using a slate made of wax. To do the math they used ball-frames.
So this is how the education of the ancients looked like.
I wonder if they had higher education, (like we have the university today) how they would call it, what they would make them study… wow. But they did not have. We do. I am so glad I can use my pencil and paper instead of papyrus, and I am so glad I don’t need to use a ball-frame to calculate anything. This is amazing. How the education system could so different. But this is normal because the human brain works like that – improvement, development, elaboration etc. So if you are not thankful for the variety, the options, the possibilities of the education we have today – Let me tell you just one word – BALL-FRAME!