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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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fifteen or sixteen years of age, when they may, from
these schools, enter the high schools and academies,
unless they prefer to enter practical life with
that amount of knowledge which the public schools
have given them, and which does not appear to
be so insignificant, as many of the “best men” and
the first statesmen have not studied in any other
schools than in these and—in that of life.

I would, before everything else, present to the
womanly and maternal mind of Your Majesty
these great and increasingly developing
institutions for the education of the rising generation,
which are open to the younger members of the
entire community, and which are advantageous to
the children of the indigent still more than to the
children of the wealthy, and, together with this
picture, that of the increasing importance of the
young woman in society as the teacher, and that
not alone in families and homes. I would present
to Your Majesty’s view those large, cheerful
schoolrooms which are now to be met with in the
public schools from Massachusetts to Wisconsin
and Illinois, from New Hampshire to Ohio, where
light and air obtain free access—schoolrooms full
of lovely children, with bright, animated glances,
where the young teachers, the daughters of
New England, and the honor of New England,
refined and graceful in manners and appearance,

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