In Early 1800s American Classrooms, Students Governed Themselves

Posted by Jean-Yves on Sep 7, 2017
 

During your school days, the only monitor you ever encountered was likely in the hall or guarding some kind of pass in your classroom, such as for the restroom. But for several decades in the early 19th century, student monitors reigned supreme over their peers in American schools—because they were the de facto teachers.

At the time, there were not enough educators to go around in America’s burgeoning school system, so the few teachers outsourced many of their duties to the students themselves. They did so with the help of “monitors,” a select group of students teachers allowed to instruct other students—and not just pupils their own age.

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