Quotation by Catherine E. Beecher

Unusual precocity in children, is usually the result of an unhealthy state of the brain; and, in such cases, medical men would now direct, that the wonderful child should be deprived of all books and study, and turned to play or work in the fresh air.
Catherine E. Beecher (1800–1878), U.S. educator and author. Treatise on Domestic Economy for the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School, ch. 18 (1843).

Beecher had girls in mind, especially. A pioneer in female education, she was very concerned about excessive mental stimulation, which, she claimed, could lead to "idiocy or an early grave."
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