Compulsory education refers to a period of education that is required of all persons.-Antiquity to Medieval Era:Although Plato's The Republic is credited with having popularized the concept of compulsory education in Western intellectual thought, every parent in Judea since Moses's Covenant with...
known as primary or elementary education
A primary school is an institution in which children receive the first stage of compulsory education known as primary or elementary education. Primary school is the preferred term in the United Kingdom and many Commonwealth Nations, and in most publications of the United Nations Educational,...
. Primary school is the preferred term in the United Kingdom and many Commonwealth Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
The Commonwealth of Nations, normally referred to as the Commonwealth and formerly known as the British Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organisation of fifty-four independent member states...
, and in most publications of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations...
). In some countries, and especially in North America, the term elementary school
An elementary school or primary school is an institution where children receive the first stage of compulsory education known as elementary or primary education. Elementary school is the preferred term in some countries, particularly those in North America, where the terms grade school and grammar...
is preferred. Children generally attend primary school from around the age of four or five until the age of eleven or twelve.