Learning from the Past: the Good and the Bad
(formerly School Days)
This program is available virtually and (eventually) in person at the Century Schoolhouse.
- Social, Canadian and World Studies - Communities in Canada, 1780-1850, Living and Working in Ontario
- The Arts - Drama and Dance
- Language - Oral Communication, Reading, Media Literacy
- program emphasizes respect and co-operation
Using TDSB's 1890s replica settler schoolhouse, students are invited to explore what schooling was like for children "then". Residential Schools, Settler schools, and the diversity of Toronto's past will be addressed and used to compare to schooling "now". This interactive exploration of Toronto's land and people will include an Indigenous lens and learning about Toronto’s past as a rural landscape and a bustling urban environment. This program introduces both the good and the bad in a developmentally appropriate way; connections to Social Studies and Language
Through consultation with the Urban Indigenous Education Centre, this program strives to explore schooling in the late 1800s in Ontario from a variety of perspectives, including a recognition of the impacts of colonialism, residential schools, and systemic racism.
Please Note: we regret that the Century Schoolhouse is not fully accessible for students in wheelchairs; contact TUSC for more information
NOTE: This program best suits students in grade 3.
The schoolhouse setting could act as a trigger regarding
traumatic experiences linked to residential schools. Please prepare your
students and visiting adults for this possibility
Program Length: one day (9:30 am - 2:00 pm)
Availability: fall (November to December), winter(January to mid-March), spring (mid-March to mid-May)
Location: The Century Schoolhouse
Fee: For information on fees visit the outdoor education registration page
User fees help ensure the continuation of these learning experiences through partial cost recovery; fee schedule reflect rates subsidized by the Toronto District School Board.
TTC: FREE for kids under 12 years
Maximum 30 students