Elementary school

Written by Candace Carlson. Posted in Education

From early ages, children get in touch with the first levels of education. From kinder garden to elementary school, secondary school and eventual higher education institutions, each of us has to make several steps in order to reach a certain level of knowledge. This is quite normal since there is no other better way to follow in order to acquire and improve our cognitive skills.

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The term of “elementary school” was firstly introduced in Great Britain, where working class students whose ages were less than 14 used to learn the basic elements for primary school. After the age of 14 most of them used to drop out school, so these “elementary schools” had to teach them everything they needed to know about education for the rest of their lives.

The education in elementary school was focused more on the training and basic elements. Children were learning how to read and write and they also had access to math classes. The system that can describe best the manner in which elementary education used to be offered is the following one. One teacher has to choose several pupils and ask them to take care of a group of younger students.

The pupils named by the teachers were in total charge of their “subordinates”, monitoring them and keeping in touch with them all the time. Every teacher had a team of pupils like these and thus they were permanently informed about everything related to the educational process with the whole range of children involved.

Depending on the results obtained by the pupils after having finished the educational stage, the teachers were rewarded differently. For example, the high level of performance in reading and writing achieved by some of the pupils offered the teacher a more consistent salary.

The standards of the pupils were measured through evaluating methods like: reading sessions, dictations and calculations of sums. As time went by, things have changed and the notion of “elementary education” has gained different values.

If at first elementary education was oriented towards people from five to fourteen years old, now things have changed and elementary education is only a small step that one must take in order to be included in the educational process.

The usability of elementary education in the twenty first century is quite reduced, if it is not completed by secondary education and higher education. It is true that one must know how to write and how to read, how to make some calculations and how to express his thoughts into words, but this is not enough.
In order to make sure that future will no longer represent an unknown element, every student takes into account the option to continue its studies after having graduated an elementary education institution.