Amen!!!!! So much I want to say but holding my tongue. Shame on school districts focusing only on stupid FCAT test results. There is so much more to a child's learning, growth, and development than ONE test score.
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Doll, 1740-50. In the 18th century, dresses fastening at the back like this were for children, not women. Long streamers of matching fabric (leading strings) at the back of the dress indicate she represents a teenage girl. Leading strings helped adults assist a child learning to walk. In the 18th century they also became customary for unmarried teenage girls, perhaps to symbolise the fact that they were still under parental control.