As the Renaissance became an age of rival of the arts, culture, and business, so were the interests in education. It became an unwritten standard in society that upper class people, rulers, statesmen and even women be educated. What an individual should be educated in depended on their sex and status, or what influential members of society found essential for them to learn.
What a man should learned in has changed through time. But, according to Castiglione, writer of The Courtier, a true courtier or Renaissance Man (Doc. 3) should act in a certain manner and be learned in certain subjects some of which are not used now but some are still practiced in polite society. If a man did not learn the subjects known by others or how to dance, act, horse ride, and other shallow common subjects he will be missing out on the extra decor that is gained from knowing them (Doc.
Women's education was more limited and had different standards in comparison to those of a man. Women were taught more feminine subjects, such as how to manage a household, care for their children, do embroidery, dance, sing, play instruments, read and write (Doc. 9). When she read she was to act upon the good manners that were exemplified in the reading. When a woman wrote it was to be good and sober or straight out from the bible (Doc. 5). Women's education seemed to only touch upon the things that they would actually use in life unlike men's education. If a woman became to educated she became a threat to men because she may know too much or even more than a man.
As the Renaissance further deepened education for all social class became more stressed by humanists. They thought that...