Education In The Southern Colonies

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In the Southern colonies, children usually started their education at home. (It was not super important to them). The distances between farms and plantations made town schools very hard to get to. Plantation owners regularly hired tutors or house maids to teach boys’ math, classical languages, science, geography, history, etiquette, and plantation management. When the boys had the opportunity to have an education outside of the home the schools were quite strict and often had much punishment for doing the wrong. The girls did get very little education, they learned enough reading, writing, and arithmetic to read their Bibles and be able to record household damages and that is the maximum amount of schooling they would get in a lifetime!

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