Education (Being Schooled)

In school, girls are taught to fit in. But they also talk back. 

In school, girls are taught to fit in.

In classrooms, on the playground, at lunch, and even in the bathroom, girls learn how to behave, what to wear, what to say, and what to study. They learn the rules, and they learn how to break the rules. In this mix, girls confront what society expects from them.

Like anyone being "schooled," girls talk back.

School Desk Patent Models, 1860's–1880's

Schools regulate brains and bodies. They teach us how to break up our days into hours and class periods, how to be punctual, and how to sit still. The designers of these early school desks worked to keep children facing forward and focused on the teacher. By controlling children's bodies, desks teach self-discipline.

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Awards for Good Behavior, 1896–1907

Girls were awarded medals like these for self-discipline and achievement.

Merit medal awarded to Leola Miller, about 1896

Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection

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Scholarship medal awarded to Leola Miller, about 1902

Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection

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Punctuality medal presented to Emma White, about 1907

Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection

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Medal for punctuality

Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection

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