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www.secularhumanism.org/library/shb/flynn_13_2.html - "Replacing our last cottage industry"

xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/ALCOTT/aboutla.html - About Louisa May Alcott



:It is, perhaps, no wonder that education diffused rapidly among the free residents of the world’s greatest nineteenth century democracy. By the 1840s, according to some estimates, primary school enrollment per capita in the United States had exceeded that in Germany, and by this standard Americans had become the best-educated people among those in the world’s richer nations (Easterlin 1981). U.S. literacy rates were also extremely high, once again among the free population. America borrowed many educational concepts and institutions from Europe but tailored them in particularly American ways. U.S. schools, at almost all levels, were more practical and applied than those in Europe, yet they were not industrial and were rarely vocational. They became, early on, free and publicly funded and were generally forgiving in allowing youths to enter each level independent of age, social status, previous school record, and sex. After the establishment of publicly funded primary schools, girls were educated for about the same number of years as were boys, and during the early to mid-twentieth century, a greater fraction of girls than boys attended and graduated from secondary schools (<CG.A.11>).1


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