Education: Gypsies

Reports from England revealed that attention had been turned to an educational problem as old as Robin Hood—the schooling of England's 100,000 or more gypsy children. The Surrey County Council opened a peripatetic school, with a master and mistress, to teach them, besides the three R's, crafts like basket-weaving, rug-making, woodworking, gardening. The "school house" was pitched in open country near a large gypsy encampment and though attendance was distinctly voluntary, 40 pupils enrolled the first day.

England's gypsy tribes, many of them, are unusual in this respect: unlike the nomadic folk of...

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