Dealing with Rhode Island in the 1600's as part of the thirteen colonies, what roles did men and women have and what were schools like then?
In general, sex roles in the colonies were very male-dominated. Women had very few legal rights. They were not allowed to own property on their own, for example. Men and women generally worked together on farms (as most of the people were farmers of some sort) but men generally did the physcially harder work, like plowing, while women cared for chickens and tended vegetale patches.
Schools were not very much like schools today. Perhaps the greatest difference between then and now was the extent to which children were belittled and punished. Corporal punishment was widely used, as were practices that made children feel stupid when they misbehaved.