Education in the Empire

I’ve discussed the education system of the Shine and Wild Empire, the country with which my Shine Cycle is most concerned, in passing in a few earlier posts, but I’ve never explained it at length until today.

Most children are educated at home. In many cases, this looks like our world’s “home-schooling” (or other similar variations), with the children instructed and led by their parents, but sometimes—and increasingly often as the older the children grow, if their interests and abilities diverge from the parents’—the parents hire tutors. The model of a group of neighbors sharing the responsibility of teaching each household’s children, or sharing the expense of a tutor, is also quite common in many areas. The model of older (or more advanced) children helping with younger (or more novice) ones is also very common.

Beyond early education, but sometimes even from an early age, there are schools for children to attend. Many are affiliated with and run by church bodies, with most of the remainder started and run cooperatively by a group of parents. A very few are run by local governments. Higher-level schools (from what we’d consider “secondary” schools on up) are more likely to be government-run, but still most are run by churches, associations of interested individuals, or by corporations or (in the case of “trade schools”) guilds. The most prestigious school is, of course, the Imperial Academy.

The Imperial government has taken some interest in educational matters. To help ensure that all its people are minimally literate, honorable citizens, and to discourage interdenominational conflict in the Church, it imposes some light restrictions on curricula in large schools. But its primary role is in coordination and information exchange.

In the years after the arrival of the Chosen, Edna of New Lancaster founded the country’s first teacher’s college, which became a system of them.

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