Girls Banned From High School – Can you believe it?

My how times and ideas have changed in American since the 1870s and I’m glad they have. . .

This news article was published in the Birmingham, Alabama Iron Age on March 19, 1874

Girls Banned From High School

Baltimore has wisely decided not to receive in her high schools for girls any children under twelve years of age. This timely step will do much toward discouraging the forcing system, for it is no gain to cram the heads of little girls with adverbs and prepositions, vulgar fractions, definitions of learned polysyllables, and the area of Afghanistan when the poor overwrought young brain cannot be crowned with high school honors.

The New School Mistress 1870 ( Miss Jennie Brownscombe artist, Library of Congress)

A rule like this, might, with profit, be applied for the benefit of lads of the Monumental City. And what is good for children of Baltimore, in this respect, would be beneficial for little boys and girls all over the land.

There is too much cramming and forcing in all our schools. Learning is an excellent thing; so is eating, but there is a mental as well as a physical dyspepsia, and the former is by far the worse disease of the two and is absolutely barbarous to make helpless children the involuntary victim of brain diseases.

Faith and Courage: A Novel of Colonial America Inspired by real people and actual events, the family saga of colonial America continues with Ambrose Dixon’s family. Faith and Courage presents the religious persecution of Quakers in Pre-Revolutionary War days of America intertwined with a love story.

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and

All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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