Saturday, August 6, 2011

From the Spanish records stored in Manila comes this information about the school in the capital city of Guam in 1845 :

Jose Gogue
Juan Taitano
Francisco de Castro
Juan de la Cruz
Maria de Rivera
Lorenza de Rivera
Maria Yonson (This was really Johnson.  Her mother was Chamorro.)

Boys 492
Girls 311

  • Not a whole lot.  Only 239 of the 492 boys could read the simple "readers."  Fifty-one of them could read normally and memorize the Catechism.  Seventy-two could write with large letters.  Seventy-five could write normally and count.
  • The statistics for the girls were worse.  Of the 311 girls, only 2 could write with large letters and 18 normally.  None of the girls were taught arithmetic.
  • Just 700-some children were in the classroom, at a time when Guam had more than 7,000 residents.
  • Poor health was a consideration.  Fifty-five boys are described as sick and suffering from pustules; thirty-five of the girls are so described.
  • The boys' school had boarders (colegiales) who lived at the school.  Two star boarders were Braulio Mangloña and Pedro Quichocho.  Braulio was from Luta (Rota) and shows that some Rotanese were sent to the school in Hagåtña, and carried back to Luta things they learned on Guam.  This meant that the Luta Chamorros were influenced, in part, by linguistic developments on Guam.

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