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Khaki University: Steering Soldiers Away From Vice

Canada, near the end of World War I, devised an idea to keep its soldiers occupied during their down time, steering them away from vice, and preparing them for postwar life.  This idea was Khaki University. The program, originally called Khaki College, was the brainchild of Dr. Henry Marshall Tory.  The National Council of the […]

Edwardian era Hettie's World History

Education’s Early 20th Century Debate: Classic vs. Progressive Education

If you were a student in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, you would have been given a classical education. This was especially true for boys. Girls were taught more feminine subjects such as music, needlework and home management, but increasingly they, too, were becoming educated. Subjects Studied Students of a classic education studied […]

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The Merits of Penmanship: An Important Part of Victorian and Edwardian Education

Today, there is debate over whether cursive handwriting should be taught in schools. One vocal camp believes it is no longer necessary. This greatly perplexes me as cursive writing is both faster and easier than print, as the pen must only leave the page between words as opposed to between each letter. One hundred years […]

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Practical Yet Beautiful: Sewing Rooms in the Early 20th Century

Many traditional needlecrafts such as needlepoint, embroidery, knitting, sewing and crocheting are making a comeback. Today, these needlecrafts are pursued as hobbies, but a century ago women learned these skills as part of their education. This was especially true before the advent of mass-produced, ready-to-wear fashions. Even after clothing could be purchased in stores, these […]

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Music to My Ears: The Importance of Music Rooms at the Turn of the 20th Century

Today, we live in a society where schools are cutting arts and music education programs. A century ago, however, music education was considered important, and every family that could afford a piano owned one. Some homes even had dedicated music rooms. Before the advent of radio and television, playing music and singing was one way […]

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Swimming in the 1900s: Learn Suspended Midair by Wires

Spending time swimming is something most of us expect to do when we go on vacation. Many wealthy and upper-middle-class households even have pools that can be used on a daily basis. That wasn’t the case 100 years ago. People could only swim at public pools and in natural bodies of water. Victorian Swimming Lessons […]

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Toronto Normal School: Establishing Standardized Teaching Practices

Hettie Steward, in my novel Angel of Mercy, is not the only woman in her family to have a profession. Her mother blazed the trail, becoming a professional teacher after attending the Toronto Normal School in the 1880s. What is a “normal school”? It is what today we call a teaching college. The purpose of these […]

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Nursing School in the 1910s — the School of Nursing Toronto General Hospital

Hettie Steward, my main character in Angel of Mercy, is a 1913 graduate of the School of Nursing Toronto General Hospital.   By the time of her graduation, it was the largest and among the most prestigious nursing schools in Canada. Competition to be accepted into the program was stiff and had been since 1894. Let’s […]

Edwardian era Hettie's World History

Education in the 1910s

In 1900, the U.S. high school graduation rate was six percent. During the 1910s in Canada, the highest level of education the average person completed was grade six. The majority of teachers were women. While this is probably still the case today, women were expected to quit working once they married. In some districts, teachers […]

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