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(formerly) a school in which children were taught by a woman in her own home.
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She went to a dame-school and learnt a few useful things well; that is better than a smattering of half a dozen so-called higher branches, I take the liberty of thinking."
Geology has initiated us into the secularity of nature, and taught us to disuse our dame-school measures, and exchange our Mosaic and Ptolemaic schemes for her large style.
Still, she partially overcomes this problem with an inspired presentation of evidence that some Quaker school-mistresses disseminated their views to a wider public by incorporating positive portrayals of the single life into dame-school curriculums.