Write a 5 pages paper on evolution of public schooling in upper canada. On the evolution of the Public Education System, the views and interpretations explicated by radical historians like Alison Prentice, Bruce Curtis, Corrigan, Lanning, etc., offer a detailed evaluation, in the opinion of this student. According to their interpretation of history, the various ethnic and racial populations, who were minorities, were unified under a uniform identity, culturally and linguistically. In the early years of 1820-40, rudimentary concepts of education prevailed, under the edifice of family and households. Prentice (1977, p.15) states that “the fundamental educational institutions were the household, workshop, and field” because, children acquired in these places, the essential skills, and training required for living, informally. with families playing an important role, and children being “bound as servants or apprentice” of various skills. Churches supplied informal education too, with “sermons, Sunday schools and camp meetings” (Prentice, 1977, p. 15). Pointing to some larger towns that had ‘monitorial schools’ organized by religious bodies, were in the practice of educating the poor and impoverished, as examples, she states the children of all ages gathered in small groups in these schools for instruction in Arithmetic, Reading, and Writing, known as the three ‘R’s. However, a shortfall of such schools seem to have been increasingly felt from the 1830s, due to “a growing colony with large influxes of poor immigrants, provision was sometimes made for these children in temporary institutions while they awaited private placements” (Neff, 2004 p. 4). As can be inferred from research studies such as Neff (2004) and the article of Contenta (1993), the immigrant population was increasing rapidly and it was hard for men to find jobs, thereby&nbsp.impoverishing many families.&nbsp.Children above fourteen and women supplemented the family income with informal low paid jobs in the nearby towns, and hence education was mostly unaffordable. Hard living conditions and stretched economy, made children take up jobs at an early age.

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