Who Invented School? Interesting Facts About School

If you are a student or not, this question definitely comes to your mind: who invented school? And why did they invent school?

The process of transfer of education from one generation to another generation is as old as the human itself.

Who Invented School

But in the old period, there were no specific schools to get an education like today. Our ancestors taught their young generations what they learned in their life in their own ways.

Now! The question arises, who invented the modern school system? Why did they invent school? And why do many students hate school? In this article, I will give you the answer to all these questions. So, Keep reading…

Who Invented School?

Whenever you search on google: who invented school? You would find that Horace Mann invented the school. But this is not true

For this question we looked back in history then we found actually the first school was created by Muslims.

In the Quran Allah told Muslims to “Seek knowledge, even if you have to go to China”. At That time China was being far distant from the Arab and an almost mythical country for them.

The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) often gathered their followers in the mosque and give them knowledge of Islam and the Quran. After some time the number of Muslims start to increase as the large number of non-muslims accepted Islam as a new religion.

Due to this reason, they had to build Madrasas where they teach the Quran to the children and new Muslims.

So, the first school was created by Muslims but we called them Madrasa. And the teachers of Madrasas are called Imam.

But in the madrasa, there was not any exam system, Fees system, attendance system or homework at that time.

As you know these things (homework, exam, fee, attendance) are an important part of our current school system. Maybe due to this most people don’t consider madrasa as a school.

Now, I will tell you what was the role of Horace Mann in creating the current school system and why people called him the founder of the school.

What was the role of Horace Mann in building the current school system?

Horace Mann Short Biography
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The Islamic States had Madrassas while other countries like Rome, Ancient Egypt and China also had similar systems. Similarly, India was blessed with a Gurukul education system to educate the kids.

But these are for the specific group of people like Madrassas are specifically for Muslims and in them, we only get the knowledge of Islam and the Quran.

Due to this Horace Mann believed that everyone was entitled to the same content in education.

So, in 1837 the state of Massachusetts formed the first State Board of Education with Horace Mann as its secretary.

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He quickly set about establishing a statewide system of common schools staffed by professionally trained teachers. His ideas quickly gained momentum and in 1852 Massachusetts passed a compulsory attendance law.

In short Horace Mann was not the founder of the first school. But he was the founder of the current school system in which attendance and homework are compulsory.

Why Did They Invent School?

Now, the information that I will share with you will shock you. If you do not agree with me then don’t panic, share your thoughts with us in the comment. We will reply to your comment.

Horace Mann also believed that school could become a great equalizer and values such as obedience to Authority, attendance and organizing time according to bell-ringing would help students to prepare for future employment in an industrial age.

The whole purpose of schools is to create a factory military workforce and employees. Such a force that works from 9 to 5 like machines without any questions. This is unbelievable but true.

If you ask your parents and teachers Why you should go to school. Most of them reply that you should go to school to get a good job. In the end, it is your decision to go to school or not.


You should definitely check out another article in which I shared the benefits of school and education. It will help you in making any decision about school.

Why do many students hate school?

In today’s life, most of the children don’t like school and some of them hate going to school. But have you ever thought about why many students hate school? Even school gives them knowledge and education.

One of the main reasons is the lack of freedom in school.  As there are too many restrictions in school for children. Due to this, they feel like a prisoner in the school.

Another reason is too much competition. Every parent wants their children to get A+ in exams. As a result, at the age at which most children explore nature, they have a lot of burden of homework, exams and other things.

It builds so much pressure on children’s minds and sometimes it causes depression.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here is the answer to some interesting questions about school and homework. If I have missed any questions you can ask me in the comments.

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1: Who invented homework?

Most of the obscure educational blogs and forum websites claim that Roberto Nevilis was the person who created the homework. They say that an Italian teacher Roberto Nevilis invented homework in 1905 as a punishment for his students.
We don’t have any information for the topic from any trustworthy source or authority source. 
So, In my opinion, it is a myth that Roberto Nevilis was the founder of homework. Wikipedia also considers it an internet myth due to the lack of historic evidence.

2: Does homework cause depression?

Yes! Homework causes depression in children. A research was conducted at Stanford Graduate School of Education among 4,000 plus students.
This research shows that about 56% of students considered homework to be a primary source of stress. It also increased levels of anxiety, sleep deprivation, exhaustion and weight loss.

3: Is homework a waste of time?

In my opinion, homework is completely a waste of time and useless. It increases the stress among students. And takes the enjoyment out of school, due to which most children don’t like school.
Everyone has their own thoughts. So, Do not panic if you do not agree with my thoughts. And also share your thoughts with us through comments.

4: What does School stand for?

There are various acronyms of the word school. Some of them I have shared below. As we spend six to seven hours every day in schools. So, In my opinion, these are the best acronyms of school.
Seven Crappy Hours of Our Lives.
Seven Cruel Hours of Our Lives. 
Six Cruel Hours of Our Life.


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