Foundation of Education: Part 6

The emergence of school education could be traced back to the ancient age. However, the ancient schooling system was different from the modern ones. What did students in the ancient school do? Did the teachers impart lectures to these students? Was there any rule of arriving at the school on time? Most of us do not know about the ancient schooling environment. A brief overview of ancient schools would let you understand the evolution of the academic system.

No rules about school timing-

There is very few evidence on how ancient schools worked and made their students educated. Still, some reliable sources say that ancient educational institutions set no time to start and end the schooling hours. Every pupil used to get into the school at any time. While entering the classroom, pupils used to greet teachers and other students in the classroom. Thus, this ancient schooling and teaching system were not much organized. You cannot find any match with the modern educational system.

What educational tools were available to pupils in the ancient school?

As it is about ancient education, there was no paper. While children in the modern age use papers, pens, and pencils, ancient students had different writing tools. They used to rely on wax tablets, papyrus, and reed pens to write something.

Sumerians chose clay to write on it. Cuneiform, a type of writing, was prevalent among them. In the ancient age, there were mostly wooden and metal tools. Thus, ancient pupils could not find smooth writing opportunities with pens. However, some evidence says that students used to rely on quill pens to create Roman-style graffiti. This is a writing tool designed with moulted flight feathers of a bird. Before the invention of the modern metal nibbed pen and fountain pen, this pen was highly popular.

One of the best aspects of ancient schooling systems is that teachers used to take individual approaches to teach students. When a child has special needs, they choose different learning styles. But, they did not like to draw a clear line differentiating special children from normal ones. Thus, children who had some deficiencies in some respect could avoid problems in the educational world. They had never felt frustrated due to these deficiencies. However, you can find this trend in the modern education world. It is one of the similarities between ancient and modern educational techniques for special and normal children.

Was there any classroom blackboard in the ancient age?

In the ancient age, as there was no blackboard, clay tablets were popular. Students in ancient Sumeria and Babylonia used these clay tablets for inscribing their everyday lessons. The wet tablets may be erased for reusing purposes. However, the baked clay creates a permanent document. These tablets were similar to modern-day blackboards.

In the 18th century, American and European students started using slates and coated wooden pieces. Ink and paper were costly. However, wood and slate were cheap options at that time. However, they are not a very efficient mode for writing something.

In due course, there was an evolution of blackboard designs. After the 1960s, you could notice a chance, as the green board was invented for students. It was a coated steel plated with porcelain-based enamel. It had undergone some refinements, as chalk powder did not show while erased. The use of green colour was highly pleasing. But, it was lightweight and highly durable.

Thus, it can be said that the classroom environment in the ancient age was different from what we find in the modern days. There was a slow evolution of classroom education to bring innovations.