Education in the Thirteen American Colonies
you were a school-age person in colonial America, you might
have gone to a public or private school, just like you would
today. But what you learned and how you learned it have
changed through the years.
the New England colonies, parents believed that their
children should learn about Christianity. To that end,
parents taught their children to read so they could read
the Bible. And once those kids knew how to read, they
could read school books as well. New England villages
having more than 100 families set up grammar
schools, which taught boys Latin and math and other
subjects needed to get into college. And although girls
could read, they weren't allowed to go to grammar school
or to college.
Colonies schools were also largely religious but taught
the teachings of one religion. If you were a Catholic,
you learned about the Catholic religion. Most schools
were private. Students also learned other subjects so
they could get into college. Again, girls weren't allowed
to attend, unless they were Quakers.
kids in the Southern Colonies were taught at home, for
the most part, by their parents or by private tutors.
When these kids became teenagers, they would then go off
to college or to Europe. As in the other colonies,
Southern girls did not go to school.
were generally small, not like the large ones many kids go
to today. Kids learned to read from special books called
in colonial America were taught a trade, usually the one
their fathers did, so they could continue the family
business when their fathers retired. Often, kids would go to
school and learn a trade.
on Life in the 13
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