Private Schools: On the Slopes of Mt. Ida


"Genuine learning has ever been said to give polish to man; why then should it not bestow charms on women?" Pioneer Educator Emma Willard 150 years ago answered her own question with energy and decision. As farmers jeered ("They'll be educating the cows next"), she started a school for girls in her home in Middlebury, Vt. A few years later she moved her classes to a remodeled coffee house in Troy, N.Y., and set up the school as a Female Seminary, where young ladies learned such novelties as science, philosophy, literature,...

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