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What Were the Schoolbooks Like?
Hygiene for Young People: A Reader for Pupils in Form III of the Public Schools by A.P. Knight. Toronto: Copp Clark, 1909
This health reader was intended for students aged 10 or 11.
“... Surely our schoolrooms should be swept and dusted once a day, and washed three or four times a week.” and “... some school-houses are much harder to keep clean than others. That is quite true. Old school-houses in which the floors are full of gaping cracks - uneven, rough and generally made of pine boards - it is almost impossible to keep such floors clean. The dust of many feet has filled the cracks full, and the broom in sweeping, raises this dust again into the air.” p.198