Education of Women in Germany

Recca Dormeyer
1906 The Elementary School Teacher  
EDUCATION OF WOMEN IN GERMANY RECCA DORMEYER Principal of the Preparatory and Collegiate School, Chicago One of the characteristic features of the nineteenth century was the constant progress in the education of women; and it still continues. Women are better instructed, and at the same time play a more important part in instruction. The history of education in this century will be notable for the great number of women who were educators-some real philosophers and distinguished writers, and
more » ... ed writers, and others enthusiastic teachers. There is no country where pedagogy has received a more philosophical and a higher development than in Germany. The German philosophers, Kant, Fichte, Schlegel, Schleiermacher, Herbart, Benecke, and Jean Paul, associated the theory of education with their speculations on human nature; even the great poets, Lessing, Herder, Goethe, and Schiller, have contributed through certain grand ideas to the construction of a science of education. In the nineteenth century Germany took part in the great movement toward a more liberal education for women. There is no more an inclination toward the opinions of the over-courteous moralist, Joubert, who said: "Nothing too earthly or too material ought to employ young ladies-only delicate material should busy their hands. They resemble their imagination, and like it should touch only the surface of things." Pestalozzi, Schlegel, Schleiermacher, and Jean Paul Levana stand for a higher and more serious education for women, but 49
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