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Dame schools were schools usually run by one woman. The "dame" often did her best, but she was a child-minder. She took as many children as she could cram into her house. Poor parents working hard to earn a living paid her a few pennies a week to look after their children, and perhaps teach them the how to sew. Most of the time, the children amused themselves and did not learn very much.