Massachusetts Schools In The Early 1900s May Shock You. They’re So Different.

School in Massachusetts has changed a lot in the past 100 years or so. At the turn of the century, many children were compelled to work in factories or mills in order to help provide for their families. When children did have the chance to attend school, classes were often focused on preparing students to transition into their expected gender roles. Many schools aimed to give even very young children a technical education that would enable them to join the workforce as soon as possible. Check out these fascinating photographs from the past that show how very differently Massachusetts approached education only a handful of decades ago.

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We’ve come a long way from embroidery class and outdoor homeroom. Do you have any interesting memories of Massachusetts school days gone by?