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“Between 1840 and 1860, male schoolteachers were cleansed from the Massachusetts system and replaced by women. A variety of methods was used, including the novel one of paying women slightly more than men in order to bring shame into play in chasing men out of the business.”

An Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto, p. 153

Fact Check

Salary tables for teachers across New England in the 1850s show that male teachers were consistently paid more than women teachers, sometimes up to three times as much. If Gatto had evidence of a school that deliberately paid men more, it’s a school that appears to have escaped the attention of historians who study the feminization of the profession.

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