Posted by Marie Bernadette on December 16, 1997 at 16:43:36:
In response to Muddled (again) this time re: Education, written by ElaineL on December 16, 1997 at 10:30:07
I have a book called The Family, Sex and Marriage in England: 1500-1800 by Lawrence Stone (Harper Torchbooks, 1979). I found reference to women's education and by the mid 18th century women's access to knowledge was greatly improved. At boarding schools they learned reading, writing, music, dance, needlework and other arts, and French. By the early 19th century they also learned basic mathematics (including simple household accounting), geography, grammar and elementary botany.
] Women were not educated at all unless of the upper classes. I can't remember for certain what "The Prospect Before Her" said for this period. Seems to me it said upper class knew a couple languages (maybe for purpose of understanding the opera?) and could read. Don't recall that women were instructed in Greek or Latin. And can't remember any mention of math. Surely though they would have been taught adding and subtraction?
] Does any of this hold true to your sources?
] Looking forward to a clearer understanding. El
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