School Inspection – Continued

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The Reverse of the school inspection form illustrates a list of duties for the school trustee, the teacher, and the inspector.

The Trustee’s directions are to make sure that the schoolhouse and furniture are kept in good repair, ensure that the teacher is doing his/her job and using authorized materials, and take the inspector through the school.

The teacher has to oversee the smooth daily running of the schoolhouse.  Upholding the mandates of the community and the trustee were also very important.

Finally, the inspector’s job was to ensure that the students were learning, the teacher was teaching appropriately, the schoolhouse was in good condition and that all materials required were present.  The inspector would then report back to the board on the status of his findings.

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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).