Yes they do! While they may have evolved with the times, Charm Schools are still around and serve an important purpose within certain circles. Primarily they teach social etiquette in such areas as:
- How to greet someone (especially dignitaries and royalty).
- How to shake hands and/or bow.
- Proper topics for social conversation.
- Letter writing, invitations, regrets, and thank you notes.
- How to set a formal dining table.
- And physical comportment - such as posture, how to walk with style, how to sit, even how to eat.
Also called Finishing Schools, they flourished in earlier times when professional careers were not open to women. They were designed primarily to prepare young women for marriage - hopefully into high society. But many of these schools closed when women began entering college and going out into the marketplace, seeking careers of their own.
Even so, social skills are still quiet important, and many prominent schools have survived. It's well known that even Diana, Princess of Wales briefly attended the Institut Alpin Videmanette - a famous finishing school in Switzerland.
In modern times these schools have evolved and are experiencing a resurgence, especially as the rich grow in numbers. And major corporations are jumping in and sending their prized employees to what they call Protocol or Etiquette schools, especially when dealing with foreign corporations. But long gone are the days when every city and small town in America had a "Miss Lovely's Finishing School for Girls".
For more information on the best schools still in existence in America, England, or Switzerland, just Google the words Finishing Schools.
I hope this has been helpful, and as always, thanks for stopping by,
Excellent post. It is very informative.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the information KEKReplyDelete
Always nice to hear from you. I was afraid that post might be a little boring.
I hope you are well.
Always nice to read your blog, its very relevant to me as a butler. Hahaha guess not everyone can say that.
Great to hear from you, Joey!Delete
I hope all is going well for you in your new career with the super rich in South Africa!
And do let us know of any fun things you can share!
All the best,
My daughter will be attending finishing school this year. I went for four years 20 years ago. Unfortunately, here in california and New York the course is only one week. Somewhat laughable ! I do hope she is able to attain some new information........ as most of mine have become as obsolete as common courtesy and dinosaurs. Giggle!
Hope this has found you in the best of spirits,
Thanks for this charming comment on Charm Schools, Ali.Delete
Times have changed, yes. But a week is better than nothing at all.
Social skills are hugely important, to both men and women.
This form of training is desperately needed here in the states. I would love to open a new set of three in the states for physical presentation, refortification and professional finishing polishing and completion of either an individual or company unit.ReplyDelete
Connecticut: cunning and etiquette PAW
Hi Andrew! Your site connects with my passion. I heard of Finishing Schools while completing College in 1970 at the age of 19 years. Luckily dad could afford to send me to a Finishing School in the Far East.ReplyDelete
Circa 2007 - when our kids were growing up, I realised that Finishing School subjects are not taught at schools and universities! I shared this at various forums and soon it became my career and passion in India- in the metropolis city of Mumbai and extends to Hong Kong and Mauritius.At the age of 69 now, I’m active and honoured to have valuable media recognition, without soliciting it.
These subjects have gained a lot of prominence in Asia and the awareness is growing, They search for “”Personality Development classes/ trainings. Few search for ‘Etiquette” others for “Image Management” and at Corporates these as Soft Skills trainings.
These subjects definitely upscale one's personal, social, and business career successes! And your collage of topics are so interesting.
Thank you for this comment Maya! I'm intrigued with your website and that you call it Personality Development, which seems more in tune with the modern age. It inspires me to write a blog post about updated versions of a Finishing School.Delete
With your permission I could link to your website,and share the post with my friend Grant Harold, who was once a butler to the Royal Family in London and now has his own Etiquette School.
Thanks again for writing to me. Stay safe during this dreadful virus that overshadows our world these days.