Educational Reminiscences and Suggestions
The issue of women's education was a controversial one in the second half of the 19th century. By discussing her own educational training, Beecher presents her views in support of higher education for women.
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Page 232 - And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.
Page 247 - Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Page 222 - Hark ! hark ! what myriads bid you rise ! Your children, wives, and grandsires hoary, Behold their tears and hear their cries ! Shall hateful tyrants...
Page 154 - ... institutions to include all that is gained by normal schools, and also to train women to be healthful, intelligent, and successful wives, mothers, and housekeepers.
Page 221 - Ye sons of France, awake to glory! Hark, hark, what myriads bid you rise ! Your children, wives and grandsires hoary, Behold their tears and hear their cries. Shall hateful tyrants, mischief breeding, With hireling hosts, a ruffian band, Affright and desolate the land, While peace and liberty lie bleeding ? CHORUS. "To arms, to arms, ye brave ! Th
Page 15 - I ever saw her fondle or caress her little ones as my father did; but her devotion to them seemed more like the pitying tenderness of a gentle angel. Then, again, my father was imaginative, impulsive, and averse to hard study; while my mother was calm and self-possessed, and solved mathematical problems, not only for practical purposes, but because she enjoyed that kind of mental effort.
Page 9 - It was my good fortune to be born in humble circumstances, the eldest of thirteen children, all but two trained to maturity, and most of them in a good degree under my care through infancy and childhood. My mother lived till I was fifteen, and she and her sisters taught me to read, write and spell, with a few lessons in geography. They also gave me a little instruction in arithmetic which was soon forgotten. They also taught me to sew neatly, to knit, to perform properly many kinds of domestic labor,...
Page 122 - My greatest trials here are the want of .religious privileges, the difficulty of sending to the distant postoffice, the entire want of social sympathy, and the manner in which I am obliged to live. I board where there are eight children and the parents, and only two rooms in the house. I must do as the family do about washing, as there is but one basin and no place to go to wash but out the door. I have not enjoyed the luxury of either lamp or candle, their only light being a cup of greese with a...
Page 16 - My father was trained as a dialectician, and felt that he excelled in argumentation; and yet my mother, without any such training, he remarked, was the only person he had met that he felt was fully his equal in an argument. Thus my father seemed, by natural organization, to have what one usually deemed the natural traits of a woman, while my mother had some of those which often are claimed to be the distinctive attributes of man.
Page 232 - ... solemn act of legislation, whose perfections they had made the butt of public scorn and private insult, whose Son they had crucified afresh, and whose word. they had burnt by the hands of the common hangman ; swept them all by the hand of violence into an untimely grave. The tale made every ear which heard it tingle, and every heart chill with horror. It was, in the language of Ossian,