private education

Category: Education | Type: Historical | Title: Sense and Sensibility (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 36

Edward was educated at home by a private tutor and at a local day school, whereas his brother, the clubman and coxcomb, was sent to one of the great "public schools," Winchester, as he boasts shortly. It failed signally.

As Austen believes, with Cowper, that these schools (and the first seminaries for girls) are apt to do. They inculcate the very vices one would hope they'd eliminate.

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