School Inspection

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As I’ve never had the pleasure of conducting a modern review of a school, I can only assume that the process is much more detailed now.  We have standardized tests to examine student achievement, teams of custodians to monitor school cleanliness, and multitudes of systems (e.g., electrical, plumbing, HVAC) to maintain.

In 1895, the inspector visited a school in North Marysburgh and determined: the floors were a little dirty, the school needed a map, and the closets needed attention.  The rest was satisfactory.

The cost for a map was $3.75.

It’s difficult to believe that a school inspection was that easy (and a large wall map was that inexpensive).


Attendance Exceptions During W.W. II

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During World War II, the Government of Ontario issued an exception for attendance at schools.  Students who worked on farms were allowed to begin school in October, instead of September.  The students were commended for their work during the war and their contribution to the war effort.  The difficult part for those helpful students would be getting caught up on missed work when they returned to school.

That kind of exception must be difficult for modern students to fathom.  Provincial attendance exceptions never occur.