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 Post subject: The Education System of Narunin
PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:19 am 
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Goodness, that is one boring title. Therefore, if you had the daring to even start looking here, I thank you. I pray that the rest of this brief description of the education in Narunin will interest you, and, if I'm lucky, you may ask me questions. With no further ado, I shall begin.

So, how does Narunin educate its people? Are all people educated? Is learning a priority of the people? The last is extremely easy to answer. Yes, definitely yes. It is probably the most important thing in Naruneen culture. And in answer to the second question, all but the poorest are. An uneducated person is very looked down upon, or at least pitied.

But how are the others educated? That is a more complicated answer, as it depends on social status. The nobility and the rich hire tutors for their children, and these tutors teach them the studious subjects- arithmetic, science, reading, writing, grammar, history, geography, etc. Another instructor would teach the children physical training- riding, shooting, swordplay, etc. Both girls and boys are taught, although the physical exercise teaching does depend on gender somewhat. Upper class girls do learn basic weaponry use (whereas boys, of course, learn more advanced skills with weapons). The education lasts until roughly the age of twenty for these upper class students.
The middle class operates more akin to what we know. A group of families, likely from the same town, pays for a teacher to instruct their children. The education quality is far less than a private tutor, but it is certainly sufficient. Education lasts for as long as the parent wishes to pay for it (the parent pays per student), and girls are taught, though often not as long. Children are also taught at home- the boys learn about their father's trade, and the girls learn how to manage a household. The average age for a student to leave "school" is from twelve to fifteen. At that age a boy would begin apprenticeship which would last until the lad was from anywhere twenty to twenty-five. A girl would stay at home where her mother would continue to teach her homemaking and such until she married.
The poor fend for themselves however they can. What learning the parent has he passes to his children (hopefully) and perhaps he can afford a few months of teaching. Sometimes, when the child is old enough they are old enough to work they can earn enough to go to school for a little while. If they can’t, well, tough luck for them. There are a few charity schools, but the education is poor and there aren't enough to do much good.
What do the people think of this system? The upper and middle classes a content, but the poor are not, and reasonably so. Most people wish to change it, but no one knows how. This is the system that has lasted for years, and no one wants to mess with what has “worked” so long.

Well, with that depressing note, I finish my little essay. I hope you enjoyed it. :D

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 Post subject: Re: The Education System of Narunin
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So what are the attitudes of the various levels to each other? You mentioned that the poor are not satisfied, for instance, so what does that mean in how they treat and look at the better educated classes? Do they look down on them, taking refuge in pride and defiance like many poor, or do they hate them, or do they feel like they are to be looked up to? And how do the middle class treat the rich and the nobility? And so on? And what would the position of someone who was poor be if he somehow broke past the system and his poverty and got a good education?

Why is education valued?


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 Post subject: Re: The Education System of Narunin
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Mistress Rwebhu Kidh wrote:
So what are the attitudes of the various levels to each other? You mentioned that the poor are not satisfied, for instance, so what does that mean in how they treat and look at the better educated classes? Do they look down on them, taking refuge in pride and defiance like many poor, or do they hate them, or do they feel like they are to be looked up to? And how do the middle class treat the rich and the nobility? And so on? And what would the position of someone who was poor be if he somehow broke past the system and his poverty and got a good education?

Why is education valued?


There is no very distinct class system in Narunin, and the classes are fairly friendly with each other. Nonetheless, some poor definitely do resent the upper classes. The do not respond so much with reverence or hate, they more just laugh at the upper classes for thinking that their philosophy and knowledge can fix everything.

The upper class does not despise the lower classes, but they pity them for their lack of education and refinement.
The middle class probably both pities the lower and laughs at the upper classes, although to a lesser degree. Generally, all the classes think they know best.

A previously poor person with a good education would probably be respected, at least if he had connections to a good family.

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Those are some interesting ideas. :) Is it possible for someone of the poor class to rise into the rich class? Some cultures make it relatively easy for a person to change their status, while it is nearly impossible in others.


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Those are some interesting ideas. :) Is it possible for someone of the poor class to rise into the rich class? Some cultures make it relatively easy for a person to change their status, while it is nearly impossible in others.


Yes, it is definitely possible. Since the classes are only determined by wealth and name, if a lower class gains the favor of the king (and riches), he could very quickly move up the social ladder.

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 Post subject: Re: The Education System of Narunin
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That's cool! I like that idea.


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