English secondary schools in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries
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English secondary education was not a product of the Reformation period, but existed and flourished in earlier times. Apparently reading and writing were everywhere common among the people, for we find that the principal artisans in each craft audited such parts as dealt with labor and signed every page. By the fifteenth century the word "townsmen" had come to mean people instructed and trained and not ignorant rustics. Scholars had collected in the towns and at the Universities and toward the close of the fifteenth century came the New Learning giving great impetus to the progress of learning and culture. In the true sense of the word the Renaissance was an educational movement which the Reformation was not. And secondary education under its influence progressed to almost a modern education.