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Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 1. Examine and explain the role of religious, social and political institutions in America at the end of the American Revolution

Objective a. Analyze the political effects of the American Revolution on American society and culture

Many people believed that providing children with a proper education was essential to the survival of a republic. They reasoned that the young nation needed to create individuals who possessed sound reasoning abilities, exhibited virtue, and understood the important principles of republican government. An increasing number of people advocated expanding women’s education as well. Ask students why they think the Revolution might have inspired new interest in women’s education. (Students will probably think it stems from the rhetoric of equality.) To illustrate the reasoning behind the new interest in female education, have students read Benjamin Rush’s “Thoughts Upon the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic” (1786), http://www.schoolchoices.org/roo/rush.htm. Direct students to paragraph 37, which begins, “I beg pardon for having delayed so long, to say anything of the separate and peculiar mode of education proper for WOMEN in a republic.” Provide the following focus question: Why does Dr. Benjamin Rush advocate the education of women? (Not for their own improvement but so that they can raise good citizens and support their husbands in being good citizens.)

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