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Cape Cod Schooling on Old Cape Cod

Every town of the Cape, like those of the rest of Massachusetts, was required by law of the Commonwealth in 1825, to maintain one school master or school mistress if it had fifty families.

The selection of this important person lay in the hands of the selectmen; at least, he could not teach without their first furnishing him with their certificate of qualification and authority for his post. It was the declared duty of such a teacher to instruct the children in the arts of reading and writing (provided this was specified in the agreement) and, in any case, “to instill into their minds a sense of virtue and teach them decent behavior.”

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 02/07/06
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