Archive for October, 2008

Classroom Of The 60s And 70s

This is the common type of classroom of most schools. The most obvious things that you may not be able to see in nowadays classrooms were probably the “blackboard” and the type of “tables and chairs”. The photo above taken in 1962, shows a typical classroom in a rural area then.

Below are some of the things we used in the classes and schools of the 60s and 70s. Credit to National Archives of Singapore for the National Heritage Fair in 2007.

A morning exercise or PE lesson scene;

The type of old tables we used in the classroom;

Typical PE ‘tools’ then. I remember these round rubberised type we used during PE lessons, also not forgetting those bean bags. I’m surprised to find out from my daughter that it’s still being used now.

How a blackboard looks like;

Of course to write on a blackboard, you need to use chalk and not markers. There were different colors for chalk too. To erase, we used the duster.

The other use of the duster is for the teacher to throw it at those naughty or sleeping students. Remember those chalk and duster marks left on the face once the duster hit your face. Back then, no parents seem to bother to complain and students also don’t bother to tell their parents too.

I had my primary education from 1969 to 1974, when was yours?



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