London private school teacher says girls shouldn't 'cram their heads full of facts'

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In the ninety-five years since they fought for and won the right to vote, women in the United States have made leaps and bounds towards equality in not only the workplace, but in the social sphere as well.

In fact, studies show that, although they still earn less than their male counterparts, millennial women are more educated than men.

Though knowledge and education have certainly given women more freedom and independence, one educator seems to believe that they are not the key to greater happiness.

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Blanche Girouard, a religious studies teacher at the pricey St Paul's Girls' Private School, suggested in an article for The Oldie magazine that she laments the passing of the era where "everything seemed to be geared towards marriage" and "parents really didn't seem to care about girls' educations."

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Although Girouard acknowledges that "it seems heinous that parents had such limited ambition for their bright daughters," she added that there were still "aspects of that era that are enviable," arguing that "something has gone wrong with education."

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Girouard said "It's time we backed off and gave today's girls the time and space to work out what they actually want. Happiness and success don't turn on A*s and a place at Oxford."

Although Girouard may just be saying that girls should be encouraged to explore their options rather than pushed towards strictly academic paths, parents with children at the school are still speaking out, criticizing her views as "old-fashioned".

"I don't worry about my daughter having too much pressure in a school situation," said one anonymous mother, brushing off the seemingly misogynistic comments in support of her academically-geared daughter. "My girl loves being in that environment."

Right on, mom.

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