November 29, 1870

On November 29, 1870, Great Britain’s parliament passed the Elementary Act that required all children between the ages of five and thirteen to attend school. Just like in the United States, the ancestors of future anti-vaxxers and Flat Earthers complained and said that their children only needed to be able to read just enough to parrot Bible verses back to their parents before putting in a 12-hour shift at the factory.

Not to be confused with the Elementary, My Dear Watson Act, which was about the proper way to perform Sherlock Holmes plays. Share this post to try out for the best parts, before they’re all gone!

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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