Pioneer Life in Upper Canada
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La vie de pionnier dans le Haut-Canada

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School was held in a settler's home, the general store or village church before a schoolhouse was built.

The parents had to build the school, pay the teacher and buy school materials.

The first schoolhouses were simple log cabins with a big box stove in the middle.  The students sat on two or three rows of benches and worked at a big table.  The floor was dirt and the windows were covered with greased paper instead of glass.  Rags were stuffed in the cracks in the walls to keep out the cold.

We can tell you more about what it was like in a pioneer school.  (Click on us.)

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Rules for Teachers

1. Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys.
2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's session.
3. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly.
4. After ten hours in school, the teacher may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.
5. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.
6. Every teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.
7. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaves in a barber shop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention and honesty.

Any teacher who performs his labour faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of 25 cents per week in his pay providing the Board of Education approves.

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