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What Was School Life Like?

What Was It Like to Be a Student?

Even when a community was fortunate enough to have a schoolhouse, there was no guarantee that every child would attend school. Some families could not afford the school fees, which were paid as taxes. Other families depended on their children to help on the farm. This meant that they might not attend school for long periods of time, especially when crops needed to be planted or harvested. Some children had to stay home in the cold months because they had no coat or boots to wear for the long walk to school and back!

Black and white photograph of a female teacher with young children, some of whom are barefoot, posing in front of a one-room schoolhouse of log construction. Wooded hill in background

A log schoolhouse in Salmon Arm, B.C., 1915

Black and white photograph of a one-room schoolhouse in the distance enclosed with a fence, surrounded by farmland. Sheep and cattle are grazing in foreground

Bayview Schoolhouse, Bayview Country, New Brunswick, 1914