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So much for the nature of the education given. With reference to its cost, Mr. Bryce says, " the charges for first-rate schools in Manchester seem moderate compared with those of the most fashionable London or Brighton Schools, but they make a girl's education nearly twice as expensive as that far more solid and practically useful education which a boy receives." " So that," Mrs. Grey adds, " the practical Biitisli parent not only procures for his daughter a very bad article, but pays very highly for it." The following forcible remarks by the same lady will aptly terminate this appendix :—" There is a pretty theory abroad, she says, "which is always brought forward when women's education is talked about, i.e., that they are educated to be wives and mothers. I do not know a more fallacious one. They are not educated to be wives, but to get husbands. They are not educated to be mothers ; if they were, they would require and obtain the highest education that could be given, in order to fit them for the highest duties a human being can perform. They are not educated to be mistresses of households ; if they were, their judgment would be as sedulously trained, and habits of method and accuracy as carefully formed as they are now neglected. What they are educated for is to come up to a certain conventional standard accepted in the class to which they belong, to adorn, if they can, the best parlour or drawing-room, as it maybe, to gratify a mother's vanity, to amuse a father's leisure hours, above all, to get married. Among the poorer gentry and the professional classes, no provision is or can be made for daughters, and the only thing which might be done for them, i.e., to train them by education and habits to provide for themselves, is not done or even thought of. They are brought up to think it a degradation for gentlewomen to work for their bread, and when the time comes, as it too surely must come to large numbers, when they can get no bread but what they work for, they find themselves as utterly unfitted for the work as they were taught to believe that the work was unfitted for them. The only occupation open to them is the one for which they are least prepared, i.e., that of a governess, which, for that reason is overstocked with incompetent people." When a woman thus describes the education of her own sex and its effects, it seems time that some vigorous steps should be taken to put an end to so disastrous a state of things.
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