Are today's educational structures methods any different from the late 1800s?

Yes. There are more kids in school than there were back in the 1800s. All grades were in one room with one teacher and possibly 15 - 20 kids would attend school in one classroom. However, as much as the Educational Board would have parents believe I find that in this 21st century in the U.S. and Canada kids are being cheated out of a good education. I am in awe of the poor spelling and was totally shocked when I found out how many kids couldn't read well when they graduated!