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From: "Jerry Grover" <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] To err is .....
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 17:12:51 +0100
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> Not quite so precicious as Frank's ancestor, I fear. The system of
> education up until quite recently in rural areas was for all the children
> the junior school (often the only school as the older children just never
> went to secondary school) to be in one large class taught by one teacher.
> There was a system of monitors-older children (i.e. of 10 or 11 years of
> age) who would help and teach the younger ones as the teacher imparted
> knowledge to the older group. The teacher taught the older kids and they
> taught the younger ones, basically.
> I think your ancestor might have been one of these monitors, perhaps?
Yes, I am familiar with the school system you describe. My point was that a
boy of 11 or 12 would not be a *certificated* teacher, which implies having
a certificate of some sort.
Interestingly, this description was later modified - my wife is a certified