Practical Essays on Education

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 126 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1868 Excerpt: ... THE EDUCATION OF WOMEN. F one were to pay heed to much of what has been said upon platforms and written in pamphlets and newspapers in the course of the last eight or ten years on the subject of the education of women, one might be led to think that it was a matter heretofore almost wholly neglected, and that the present generation was the first to discover that women require and deserve training suitable to the share that falls to them in carrying on the affairs of life. A very slight retrospect will show how far this is from being the case. We shall find, on the contrary, reason to believe, that from the very earliest times the bringing up of girls must have been a subject of anxious care, not only to the matrons, but to the men of every civilized nation. Thus, to go no farther than the Bible for examples, the pages of both Old and New Testaments exhibit many a bright portrait of a maiden armed with all the graces of her sex. If we turn to the other best-known peoples of ancient days, we shall find equal reason to believe that they were not so indifferent to the education of their daughters as is sometimes rather too hastily assumed. The poets of Hellas would scarcely have ascribed their inspiration to the favour of virgins of Helicon, had they been accustomed to the society of women incapable of literary cultivation and refinement; nor again under that disadvantage could they have conceived the charming feminine characters with which their works abound. Nor would we readily believe that the advantages of education were confined to a particular class of women, whose habits of life made them eager to adorn mind and body with every meretricious attraction. It is a point difficult to prove. Unhappily, it is too clear that the estimate of women at Athens was ...

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