Formation of the contents at high school was the extremely difficult. For these decades it changed, and quite often exactly the opposite. But anyway the general tendency during this period can be defined it as formation of the neoclassical content of education.
Certainly, from this the conclusion about ideality of our education does not follow at all. Enormous work on its comprehensive improvement and at the level of all system, and at the level of separate components is necessary. Therefore the most important tasks of the theory and practice have to become: improvement uniform, taking into account different options, model of school; specification of structure of school; optimization of terms of training at each step of education; formation of more correct of school and management of an education system; specification is more whole, functions, the contents, forms and methods of education and training at each step of school professional, post-professional and continuous education; understanding of a priority of education and restoration at school of its main forms, especially spiritual and moral.
During this period the content of education considerably extended. The wide address includes such subjects as Ancient Greek, Latin, Polish languages, grammar, rhetoric and dialectics, divinity, history, geography, mathematics.
The same time in education, life of school strongly includes textbooks. In the XVII century there are widely known and perfect Burtsev, Fedor Polikarpov, Simeon Polotsky, Karion Istomin's abc-books in the didactic relation. Their distinctive feature was that they not only learned to read, but also contained manuals on ethics.
Formation of the modern contents and technologies of training began with the middle of the XIX century. (We will notice that the relation of this contents to the contents of the XVIII century is approximately same, as well as the relation of literature of the XIX century to literature of the XVIII century)
Higher education was given, probably, not at schools, and in communication with highly educated people. The most important that occurred during this period — promotion in education on the first place of spiritual and moral values which can be expressed such concepts as bogolyuby, philanthrophy, rodinolyuby, etc., i.e. education, its contents first of all began to serve the purposes of a of the person, and not just his intellectual development.
K.D. Ushinsky and L.N. Tolstoy theoretical and practical works significantly changed views of a and technologies of training at elementary school. And their ideas became a basis of further improvement of these of education that found reflection in activity of many teachers before revolution who prepared the fine textbooks for elementary school — V. I. Vodovozov's textbooks, H.A. Korfa, S. I. Miropolsky, etc.