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Comenius - Didactica Magna - Provide equal access to education [women]



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The Great Didactic of John Amos Comenius -  Translated into English by M. W. Keatinge, M.A.1967

Nor can any sufficient reason be given why the weaker sex should be altogether excluded from the pursuit of knowledge whether in Latin or their mother tongue.

Hey are also formed in the image of God and share in His grace and in the kingdom of the wordl to come.  They are endowed with equal sharpness of mind and capacity for knowledge, often with more than the opposite sex, and they are able to attain the highest positions, since they have often been called by God Himself to rule over nations, to give sound advice to kings and princes, to the study of medicine and of other things which benefit the human race, even to the office of prophesying and inveighing against priests and bishops.

Why therefore should we admit them to the alphabet and afterwards drive them away from books.

If any ask ‘What will be the result if artisans, rustics, porters and even women become lettered?’  I shall answer, if the universal instruction of youth be brought about by proper means, none of these will lack the material for thinking, choosing, following and doing good things.


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