This is a special guest post by Eleni and Scott in 3/4 AM
On Monday the 14th of October the 3/4s went back in time to the 1870s. When we walked into school we were all very shocked, surprised and excited about what we saw. The tables were set up in groups of two with girls and boys on different sides of the room. We had to find our name tags with the boys being addressed as Master and the girls being addressed as Miss. We were not allowed to talk or laugh.
In the 1870s school rules were very unfair. For example, if you were left handed you got slapped by the ruler and if you were five minutes late for class you had to stay one hour after school.
Some of the bad things were:
We had to line up in boy and girl lines. If we didn’t have perfect posture we had to use the back straightener, if we were bad we had to kneel and face the wall and if we were to walk you had to walk straight. It was annoying that you had to stand up if you wanted to speak. Imagine being stuck in a chair ALL DAY and having hair, teeth, ear and nails inspections.
Some of the positives were:
The stick was funny when your table got slapped and it was loud. Reading and maths were fun.
It was just great being able to experience how it was like in the 1870s and to learn how school is much better now because the teachers actually care what you have to say and we get to sit in table groups with boys and girls. You can get out of your seats without having to ask, write with your left or right hand, you don’t get slapped or the tables don’t get slapped, we can talk, laugh and SMILE!
What did you like/dislike about our 1870s school day?
What did you learnt from our 1870s school day?
Can you share a story about when your parent/grandparent went to school?