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Learning in colonial Carolina
During the late 1600s and early 1700s, education in Carolina was largely informal. Most children learned by watching and imitating parents and older community members. The sons of the wealthy were sent away to schools in other colonies or in England. The first efforts to provide formal education in Carolina were made by religious groups — the Quakers, the Baptists, and the Presbyterians. By Betty Dishong RenferReprinted by permission from Tar Heel Junior Historian 37, no. 1 (Spring 1984): 1-3, copyright North Carolina Museum of History.