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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 34: America at school. (search)
unger sisters, cousins, and acquaintance can attend the class. A better sentiment comes in; class sentiment, it may be; but the social forces here begin to act for good instead of evil. Free schools have become a fashion,and some of the best culture in Virginia is being devoted to the task of teaching in these Richmond schools. The schools are mixed, not as to colour, but as to sex. Boys and girls learn together, with a young lady for instructress. In one excellent school we find Grace Alston, a delicate girl, beautiful as a seraph,with a pure English accent and a sweet English manner, teaching a class of boys and girls, the boys as tall and some of them nearly as old as herself. Do you like the method of mixed classes-having boys and girls in the same room, competing in the same lessons? Yes, replies the young lady, I find the mixed system better for both sexes than the separate system. The boys strengthen the girls, and the girls soften the boys. . Have you no tr