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    What would rich Pureblood homeschooling be like?

    Hi,

    I've got a plot bunny that just won't let go, and it involves some things that I'm just not sure about. What would rich Pureblood homeschooling be like? I imagine it would involve tutors, instead of the parents teaching. Would they be taught any other skills besides magic, like cooking or playing some sort of instrument? Thanks very much for your help!

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    I imagine that the home-schooling would definately be very strict. I'm not sure how much they would be taught other than magic. I assume some stuff like cooking or music might be included. Keep in mind though that most pure-bloods were not fond of the muggle world, so... I also think that the family would get a tutor. I remember a mention of something like that in the books, but maybe I'm wrong.

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    Children have to be taught the basics. Math. Reading. Writing. A basic primary education. After that, I think that homeschooling would be very much about what the parents found important. I write a character who was tutored before she came to Hogwarts and her parents were extremely strict, teaching her things that other parents might find unnecessary. Latin and other foreign languages. Different cultures (my character knows Greek mythology). Some might teach their children music.

    Really, you have to decide on what the parent would like (some would be strict, others lax). Some pureblood might not be found of Muggles, but some might be and might think that children should have some knowledge about worlds outside their own.

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    First, there is no canonical evidence for pureblood homeschooling whatsoever, at least structured pureblood homeschooling. When Draco suggests that Crabbe and/or Goyle (can't remember which) cannot read - it's completely possible that it's not just a bad joke. They might be barely literate.

    Draco, on the other hand, must have learned to read or write at some point before attending Hogwarts because there are no classes.

    The were definitely taught to read and write, at least those interested in schooling whatsoever (the Malfoys, the Blacks, Blaise Zabini's mom, the Greengrasses possibly?)

    There's no Trace, since they're living in magical areas, so it's completely possible that they were taught some magic. However, considering Neville's lack of aptitude for magic at an early age, it's possible that many of these kids simply did not have enough magical 'power' to be taught more than theory.

    I doubt that a rich pureblood would be taught cooking - they have servants for that. Depending on whether you think they have human servants, the women would be taught laundering. You can't hand clothing to a house elf or it will free them. So laundry would have to be done by the women of the household or a human servant.

    Whether they were taught a musical instrument or perhaps a sport would probably depend on the parent. I see Blaise Zabini's mom liking the idea of having a musical child, while the Malfoys would put Draco in dueling or Quidditch.
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    I just want to point out a few things Aida mixed up:

    There's no Trace, since they're living in magical areas, so it's completely possible that they were taught some magic. However, considering Neville's lack of aptitude for magic at an early age, it's possible that many of these kids simply did not have enough magical 'power' to be taught more than theory.
    The Trace is put on every magical child under the age of seventeen. The moniters at the Ministry, however, trust the family of a magical child to discipline him or her for using magic. A child in the Muggle world like Harry is more closely monitered. I would think that some families would not care to follow the rules for the Trace so strictly and therefore perhaps show their children a thing or two.

    This brings me to my other point. The parents can show their children, teach a few simple theories, but the children, using an older person's wand, would not be able to actually perform magic. Most children show signs of magical ability at age seven. And there isn't much wrong with Neville's lack of aptitude for magic. Some children show signs of magic a little later. And when Neville has trouble in school, it may simply have been his amount of focus and control of his magic. But the competence came through; there is no 'amount' of magical power--if you have a even a single drop of magical blood, you are a wizard.

    I doubt that a rich pureblood would be taught cooking - they have servants for that. Depending on whether you think they have human servants, the women would be taught laundering. You can't hand clothing to a house elf or it will free them. So laundry would have to be done by the women of the household or a human servant.
    Actually, they wouldn't have to be taught much; there are simple household charms. However, this just doesn't seem right to me. I can't imagine Walburga Black washing clothes. Perhaps there would be a certain something in the house elf's contract saying they can't just take clothing, and the laundry doesn't count as the owner giving clothing. I think the house elves at Hogwarts do the laundry.

    As for the question at hand, I think purebloods, since they would not go to regular schools like muggle-borns and some half-bloods, would have gotten a tutor from within the family, or perhaps hired one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aida
    When Draco suggests that Crabbe and/or Goyle (can't remember which) cannot read - it's completely possible that it's not just a bad joke. They might be barely literate.
    I think that bad joke is from the film so isn't canon.

    Can I just pick at something here, being the very evil Brit-picker that I am? The term 'homeschooling' isn't used in this country. It's possible that it is now because of the influence of America, but certainly Draco wouldn't be 'homeschooled'; he'd be 'taught from home'.
    Being taught from home in the UK is very much on the fringes of education. Although numbers have increased recently, it is a tiny minority of pupils who are taught exclusively at home - most will go to school at some stage.

    I think it quite likely that the Malfoys hired a governess (as opposed to a tutor - governess is an old fashioned term, but it seems to fit the old pure-blood set up) to teach Draco the rudiments of reading and writing.

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