This year, we will begin to address the need for traditional studies for–gasp!–girls. Yes, they have different needs than boys and that should be reflected in their education, as it always has. No, we’re not talking about the girls our generation is raising to be engineers, soldiers, politicians and pastors. We’re talking about girls being raised in devout Christian homes to be religious or to be wives and mothers.
Mrs. Michael’s School for Christian Girls will be opening on Thursday 2/2/2012. It will begin a course in hand (plain) sewing and will progress into studies in clothesmaking, kitchen gardening, food production, household management, child care and more. The instruction will not be mechanical as if putting pieces of cloth together, or getting a stain off the carpet is a goal in life, but will be spiritual and beautiful, since domestic piety and happiness are our goals.
Now, some may say, “Is this appropriate for our generation?” but this concern for keeping up with a society rushing to get nowhere fast is the concern we want to abandon. “Our generation” isn’t doing too well in the departments of life that Our Lord told us to take care to do well in. No women are morally obligated to serve the global economy or to advance the cause of independent women in academics, business and politics. They are, however, responsible to serve the Lord which is normally done through religious life (which all are free to choose) or domestic life. We tend to assume that girls will learn the knowledge and skills necessary for these lives on their own, but that is foolishness. In past generations, the girls’ entire education was devoted to these things–and we’re going to restore that.
We are happy to serve those families who share our principles and goals and promise not to threaten in any way those who do not. In fact, there should be less competition in the global marketplace for them with our girls living in convents or taking care of their families at home. I’m going to leave that discussion right there. :)
Anyway, I invite those of you who share our concerns to take a look at a sample lesson from my wife’s first course, which gives you a good idea of what the girls will enjoy in their lessons. You can see a sample lesson here: