Ancient Egypt
Education in Ancient Egypt

Education in Ancient Egypt
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     challenging words:    apprenticeships, goldsmith, proverb-like, scribe, tradesman, society, civilization, musical, writing, well-behaved, participate, priest, weaver, civil, reading, better
     content words:    Ancient Egypt, Ancient Egyptian

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Education in Ancient Egypt
By Phyllis Naegeli

1     In Ancient Egypt, only boys went to school. That doesn't seem fair! That's not how it is in America. Why could only boys go to school? What education did the girls receive? Let's see what we can discover.
2     Boys needed an education to be useful in Ancient Egyptian culture. When they were young, boys learned skills from their fathers. They learned to fish, hunt, and work in the family's fields. As a boy grew, his father would decide what type of education he would receive. For some of the poorer boys, all he could learn was his father's trade. However, some fathers wanted their sons to have a better life. But, this was very costly. School was not funded by the government. If a boy was to learn something other than his father's trade, there was a fee. If he could afford the fee, a father had two main options: an apprenticeship or school.
3     Artisans and craftsmen offered apprenticeships to boys. A father would pay a fee to have his son taught special skills. During an apprenticeship, a boy worked alongside the tradesman to learn from him. Apprenticeships lasted for many years. When a boy finished his training, he might be a weaver, goldsmith, butcher, or musician.

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