Every child had
to attend school
offered a formal system of education. Every child had to attend, including
girls and slaves. School was mandatory and free. Teachers were
School was tough. There was no recess or
time to relax in school. But all schools included instruction in song
and in dance, not because it was a beautiful art, but because songs and
dances were important to religious festivals.
There were three different schools. One
school was for girls. Two schools were for boys.
Girls learned about religion. They learned how to cook, sew, weave, and
how to care for their children.
Sons of the Upper Class:
One school was for the nobles, and sons of wealthy traders and
merchants. This school taught law, writing (hieroglyphics), medicine,
engineering and building, interpretations of dreams and omens, and
self-expression. Students were taught how to speak well. They also
learned details of their history and of their religious beliefs. This
was a tough school. The boys were humiliated and despised to toughen
of Commoners: One school was for the commoners. Its main goal
was to train warriors and farmers.
Unlike the school for nobles’ sons,
this school was pretty peaceful. Boys had to sleep under skimpy
blankets. They were given hard bread to eat. But that was about it.
Like the school for nobles' sons,
this school taught history, religion, manners, correct behavior, and
important rituals, along with singing and dancing.