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Trnovec nad Váhom

THE EDUCATION SECTOR in Slovakia has been struggling with many problems for years. But nowadays we cannot even imagine the kinds of obstacles faced by teachers in the past. Let's look at the teachers in this postcard dating back to the 1920s from Trnovec nad Váhom.

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THE EDUCATION SECTOR in Slovakia has been struggling with many problems for years. But nowadays we cannot even imagine the kinds of obstacles faced by teachers in the past. Let's look at the teachers in this postcard dating back to the 1920s from Trnovec nad Váhom. At that time, 58 children of all ages attended lessons in the local one-room schoolhouse; at least that is the number of children in the photo. In village schools like this one, a large number of children were squeezed into one classroom. Equipment in such schools was inadequate, and teachers were glad when there were enough desks for all the children.

Teachers did not earn high salaries at that time either, but their social status was much higher than nowadays. Along with priests and doctors, they belonged to the class of highly-educated and respected citizens. It is interesting that none of the 58 children in the postcard is smiling. People posed in front of a camera only rarely then and thus took it very seriously. They also probably lived in times when the trend to be "cool" did not yet exist.


By Branislav Chovan

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