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What Were the Schoolbooks Like?
Domestic Science Books
Public School Domestic Science. by Mrs. J. Hoodless. Toronto: Copp Clark, 1898
Mrs. Hoodless gave these instructions to the teachers for students using this textbook: “Personal cleanliness must be insisted upon. Special attention should also be given to the hands and nails. The hair should be carefully pinned back or confined in some way, and covered by a cap. A large clean apron and a holder should be worn while at work. Never allow the pupils to use a handkerchief or their aprons in place of a holder [potholder]. Untidy habits must not be allowed in the classroom.” (p. ix)