“In all colonial communities the schoolteacher stood low in the social scale, and usually with good reason. He was often a drunkard, or ne’er-do-well, and his pay was so small that he had to live in a state of perpetual shabbiness.” p. 54I am glad to see that child molester and porn star are not on the list.
In that day most education was done by the parents. Only in rare cases was a teacher employed. If a child could learn basic math and how to read, the rest was pretty much up to him. Keep in mind that Abraham Lincoln didn’t have more than a half a year of formal education. In reality, it is much the same. People who become educated do so because they have applied themselves, not because someone taught them.
I am still learning and using the modern technology that seems to be dumbing down the next generation. It all depends on how you use it.
Woodward, William E. The Way Our People Lived. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1964.
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