“Mademoiselle Le Gras questioned whether it’s advisable for our Sisters in the towns and countryside who teach school to take both boys and girls and, in the event that they do take boys, to what age they will keep them.
There are many reasons in favor of that. First, it can do a great deal of good, imparting the rudiments of piety to these young children, who might otherwise never be instructed. Second, this seems to be a necessity because in most localities there’s no schoolmaster. In the third place, the parents want this, and they seem to have good reason for it because it’s to be desired that their sons be at least as well instructed as their daughters. For that reason, in most of the places where they are, they pressure our Sisters to take them. In the fourth place, there seems to be nothing to worry about regarding the schoolmistress; such very small boys can’t be a source of temptation for her. Contrary to the above, we have a royal decree forbidding this and a similar ruling from the Archbishop.” (CCD Xb, document 161).”
Louise de Marillac, Council of the Daughters of Charity, October 30, 1647.
Benito Martínez, C.M.