I read about this in the Dismal Swamp weekly newspaper, and am so pleased for them.
One of the many displays that made an impression on me, during a recent visit to this outdoor museum, was the school. The buildings were previously used for exactly that purpose, and had been moved to the museum site, where they were restored and furnished.
We didn’t use slates when I went to school, but these desks had specifically sized slots to hold these articles of long-ago technology. A woman I spoke to was a retired teacher. She said the slates were used into the 1970s. That’s not her in the second photo!
These photos brought back fond memories of the manner in which our little school on the Saskatchewan prairies was furnished. How many of you remember ink wells, and those pens with nibs that splattered all over the place, and ink stains on your fingers (and clothes)? And the Fun with Dick and Jane primers?
You can stop the slide show by hovering with the cursor over a photo, and clicking on the stop icon.
How many of you could pass the tests that had been set for Grade 5 and 6 students? They made me just a wee bit nostalgic for the good old days, when the 3 Rs were deemed to be important.
Ah, dear old school days.