Although many people thought that the idea of educating girls was a waste, Prudence taught girls of many ages, many subjects.
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"The school may sink,' Prudence snapped back. 'but I will not give up Sara Harris" (13).
Dreaming of having her own female school, Prudence Crandall opened one, ranked as one of the best boarding schools in her town. Prudence has a growth mindset here because even when society thought different of her plans, she taught girls anyway.
First, Prudence opened a boarding school for girls. As it was seen as one of the best, many people attended it. Then, an African American girl named Sara Harris applied to her school and she was able to attend. The parents of the white schoolgirls unenrolled their daughters and Prudence went to Mr. Garrison, a fighter against slavery and inequality. She thought that he might know some girls that could attend her school. After meeting with him, she spoke to three men at her home and they tried to persuade her to give up her idea of an all-black school. Finally, Prudence stood her ground and opened one up and taught the colored girls all sorts of challenge subjects.
Prudence let a young black girl into her school named Sara Harris, her race didn't bother Sara's classmates, but the other schoolgirl's parents were furious. They didn't want their pampered daughters to be educated with a black girl. Prudence refused to expel Sara even though she knew it would destroy her reputation and amazing school.
Question for Book Club
Why do you think prudence let a black girl into her school and even had an all-black school if everyone else thought that black's were disgusting and less?
To have every white girl drop out of her school was a nightmare, Prudence had only Sara left. People needed to know that blacks were no different than whites. Prudence decided to write to Mr. Garrison, a fighter against slavery and inequality to see if he knew of any ladies of color that may be able to attend her school. Later, Sara spoke with Dr. Harris, Mr. Frost, and Mr. Adams at her house. They were attempting to convince her to give up her plan for an African American school.
"Moses had a black wife" (28).
Passion. Perseverance. Give up important things to help people. Equality for everyone. Don't let others change your thoughts.