The Independence Of The United States

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Obtaining independence was only the first step in the formation of the US. Little did our founding fathers knew of all the work they had to put in to create a solid base for the newly nation, still trapped with the old Europeans values and traditions. Many changes were to be complete in order to fully separate from the monarchy and stop being a colony to become a country, a nation formed by the principles of democracy and equality among its people. However, having a constitution were its three first words are 'We The People ' did not necessarily include minorities. 'We The People ' referred to Protestant white males, leaving aside slaves, Native Americans, the poor and women. This last group, women, was considered at the time second class citizens regardless of their origin and status, hence could not work or study as males did. Yet, some courageous advocates for female education spoke of the necessity of teaching females, as was the case of Benjamin Rush in 1787 in his speech "Thoughts Upon “Female Education". Although some of the reasons he gave can be understood today as sexiest, for this time his ideas could not have been welcomed among many people for its tendency to change society and leave aside traditions. He said, "...that our ladies should be qualified to a certain degree, by a peculiar and suitable education, to concur in instructing their sons in the principles of liberty and government..." (Quotation). As the years passed, educating women I believe, was not a concerning topic, because many other advocates years later after Rush spoke of the importance of educating women, still fought to provide education to women. In 1835, Catherine E. Beecher saw an opportunity for women, single wo... ... middle of paper ... ...his ideology about women being better to teach than men has fade way, but for little children, children in pre kinder, it hasn’t. For example, any private day care would rather hire a woman than a man, because they tend to be more maternal and the child sees a motherly figure in them. Many years have passed since Catherine Beecher and Emma Willard first argue about this, and yet today one can really see how it has affected our schools. I was raised in a different culture, yet I recall that all my teachers were always female, and seeing a male teacher was unusual. Even today when I’ve had male teachers, if I’m asked to think of a teacher, the image of a woman comes to my mind. This stereotype will take long to disappear because it is embedded to our upraising, it is something that we all learned since childhood, either by a relative or by our own experiences.
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