Education for the Poor

Working hard labor, serfs did not have access to education

Lack of Education

Because of the feudalistic system, the poor needed to spend their time working on cultivating crops. At the age of 12, they were considered adults and had to work on the fields. Also, the ruler class found it advantageous to keep education away from the poor so that they can effectively rule over them.

Effects of having no education

The lack of education among the poor caused an increase in the rate of crime in cities. A large number of the poor ended up being unemployed and this reduced them to a life of begging and crime due to it being the only way to survive.


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