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by Manuel Barranco - 1932

Public education in Mexico was purely sectarian in its origin. In the Aztec Empire, the school, with its rudiments of primary education (to read hieroglyphics), was annexed to the temple where the children also learned dances and songs of religious character. During Spanish dominion the primary schools, in which the children were taught reading, writing, and arithmetic, were held in the porches of the Catholic churches, and the instruction, which was imparted by priests, pertained to various religious orders; the principal aim of primary education at that time was to initiate the children into the beliefs of the Catholic religion and to convert its pupils into "good" Christians.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 1, 1932, p. 359-368
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14827, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 2:26:25 AM

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