Apprenticeships were often the way most children were taught before reading and writing became a widespread part of education, and families either found positions for their children or taught them the family trade. Modern students still must learn the basics of education required within their society, but a resurgence of the apprenticeship style of education is making a comeback. In the old system of apprenticing, children were often sent to live with their teacher, and abuse was rampant in many societies. Modern apprentices attend trade schools and go home after their classes are done for the day.
One of the reasons apprentice programs have become popular again is due to the intense amount of training needed in many modern societies. Students do not necessarily need to spend many of their teen years studying higher mathematics or science, and learning the basics of a trade will give them a better chance to succeed in life.
Learning a trade at an earlier age has offers another reason for students to make use of it, and it has become an accepted part of life in some school districts. Educators have realized that some students are uninterested in academics after a certain point, and they have found students will remain in school longer when taught a trade. The student benefits by having the skills necessary to earn a living after they have finished their formal education and their society benefits by having another person who will not be a burden on society.
Combining modern academics at an early age with an apprenticeship program to learn a trade has become one path to completing a formal education in modern society, and it continues to benefit students who are more interested in working than studying. For those who seek an advanced education, remaining in the school system on the academic side is easier without the disruption of bored students.