Sauveterre visit to Musée de l’Ecole

The Wednesday trip this week was to the Museum of the French “Ecole Primaire,” in St Clar, where we saw how rural French children were taught, organised and punished in years gone by. We re-enacted a lesson, wearing the traditional Tabliers (aprons) with our own Maître in charge, bearing his cane, his “Red Tongue” for putting onto children who spoke their home language of Occitane instead of French in school and his “Tête d’Âne” dunce’s hat / donkey ears that were worn as a punishment for being silly. Outside there were playground games and further discoveries of 19th Century French education.

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