"the new schools are not like the old,

Category: Education | Type: Historical | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter XXXV

At the time Dickens is writing, elementary education is changing radically, in part because of his own efforts in novels such as Nicholas Nickleby and in periodicals but also because of his partnership in philanthropy with the heiress Angela Burdett-Coutts. Both became interested in "ragged schools," the schools for the poor often run by Evangelicals. Dickens disliked the fact that religious dogma accompanied the learning. But at the time the novel is set the situation is far less in flux. Does Biddy mean the newer educational methods, now almost a quarter-century old, the Bell and Madras systems (Search), or is Dickens falling victim to an anachronism?   

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