Category Archives: Historical Collection

Public School Art Education in Ontario

During March, the Ontario Historical Education Collection is featuring a historical look at art education in Ontario. From their earliest years, art education featured prominently in Ontario schools. In the early 1900s, art was a compulsory subject in public schools … Continue reading

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Physical Education in Ontario Schools

With the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics, this month’s historical display takes a look at some of the ways that sports and physical education in Ontario schools has changed! In the early 20th century, physical education was taught as … Continue reading

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Railway Car Schools

For some 40 years, pupils in remote parts of northern Ontario attended some very unusual schools. Instead of going to the schools, these railway car schools came to them! Until the 1920s, children living in northern Ontario often lived in … Continue reading

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Early Ontario Primers and Readers

Books of curated stories, or Readers, have been used throughout history for the purpose of teaching children to read and to expose them to literature. Many such readers have been used in Ontario’s history. These readers include the┬áCanadian Series of … Continue reading

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Going to School During the World Wars

Most of us remember learning about World War I and World War II in school on Remembrance Day. Have you ever wondered how schools were affected during the war? The Ontario Historical Education Collection at the OISE Library has a … Continue reading

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