By Stuart Trueman
Mrs. Stuart Trueman recalls that the one-room school pupils had plenty of homework to do - "and in Coverdale we never went to the bedrooms to study by ourselves, as we didn't have electricity; usually there were three or four of us sitting at the round table in the "family room," reading or writing by the light of the oil lamp in the centre of the table." Another reason: "We had a furnace, but it wasn't piped into every bedroom; in the family room we also had a "Quebec heater" that helped keep it warm."
Many a teacher, with eight grades to keep in line, used the strap or ruler quite frequently, and parents considered it all part of the educational process.
She didn't think having one teacher produced poorly educated children. It was sort of what is called today "enriched" courses. The younger pupils who had no trouble keeping up with their own work listened to the older grades being taught, and later they moved up well prepared. I do know that she came fifth in New Brunswick in the "government" (High School Entrance) exams at the end of Grade 8.