Education in Medieval Europe



Education was barely seen as an important part of Medieval Europe until it started to create a stronger image with its success. Reading, writing, and calculation was becoming a skill needed in governments, business and even agriculture. People who had these skills, such as scribes, clerks, and layers were standing in great power over other people.

Going to school and getting and education wasn’t done by everyone in Medieval Europe. Only some could go to school and most of them were boys. The education a peasant would get would only be to make a living. Girls were sent to other households to learn sewing and weaving, skills needed to manage a household. Boys who were the sons of lords would learn proper manners and to play chess.

Education in schools was only open to the sons of a high class. These boys were seen as people higher than ordinary people like weavers and peasants, as they represented the youth’s elite3. As most education was done by monks, the children would go to cathedrals to receive their lessons. In some cases, there were no seats and desks, so students would sit on the floor with their fellow class mate.