Mary P.

Saint John, New Brunswick

Anglophone East Regional Heritage Fair (Hopewell Cape)

New Brunswick Schools During WWI

New Brunswick schools during World War One are completely different then how they are today even though the war took place over seas in Europe.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned while doing my project is that the teachers during WWI who wanted to teach elementary school only had to graduate with a high school diploma. Teachers who wanted to teach high school, had to have a university diploma.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Something important I learned while doing my project was that school children during WWI had a lot more responsibilities than children have today. The children back then had to work in the fields, take care of animals, take care of siblings,etc.... Where children today have responsibilities such as making their bed or cleaning their room.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The difference between the life of a school child during WWI and a school child now is that these days, after school we go off to hockey, dance, etc.. But school children back then had to work in the fields or with their farm animals.