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THE USE OF FEMALE SCHOOLS.
BY A LADY.
“ To learn and labour truly to get my own living, and to do my duty in
HAVING for several years observed, with regret, that the great increase of merely book learning in our female national schools was gradually destroying the laudable ambition, formerly felt by young girls, to gain the habits and knowledge necessary for those who must earn their livelihood by manual labour — it was with much satisfaction I found that the “ Committee of Council on Education ” had, in their last annual report, advised “ that lessons and examinations in cottage economy, cookery, &c., &c., should be adopted in female schools."* The propriety of this advice will be at once manifest, when it is considered that, as but a small portion of the pupils educated in the National Schools can ever be teachers, the majority must become needlewomen, apprentices, or domestic servants -- and that habits of active industry, and some knowledge of household work, are still expected from every girl on entering service.
In consequence of the expressed want f of a Class Book on such subjects, I have collected the following series of lessons ; feeling strongly how desirable it is that young people should be educated for their probable station in life, and early trained to the habits and du
* Minutes of the Committee of Council on Education, vol. i. p. 11. 1847-48. + Ibid. p. 33.