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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

Must Differentiate Between Boys and Girls

Must Differentiate Between Boys and Girls.

The notion has seemed to be too generally prevalent that whatever was good for a young man to learn was equally good for a young woman; that whatever studies the young man might successfully pursue a young woman might pursue with equal success. Mathematics and the sciences based upon mathematical foundations are to be found in women's colleges. Is there no indication that a distinct line of differentiation should run between the two courses of study for each? Has Nature endowed both man and woman with equal gifts of heart and mind, and with equal richness of gifts? Has Nature blazed a path which each should follow in coming into the possession of his or her powers? If there be a natural line of division, then we fly in the face of Nature if we give the same course of study to both. If Nature has given us a clue, and has indicated the desirability of a different kind of training for woman, then do we not unsex her when we attempt to force upon her the same education which fits a man for the struggle of life? We must establish an ideal which we are to attempt to realise. ... Of the highest importance is the ideal of cultivated and consecrated wifehood. What then should be the line of education to be followed in the secondary schools and colleges in educating a prospective wife and mother primarily, and incidentally a teacher, a business woman, an artist?