1910 Socialist Elected Chairman of the Toronto School Board

  • Inaugural Address by James Simpson from Minutes of the Board of Education for the City of Toronto

    Inspiring Words

    In his inaugural address as Chairman of the Toronto School Board in 1910, Jimmy Simpson spoke on themes that were familiar socialist rhetoric of the time. Specifically, he advocated anti-imperialism and internationalism, the abolition of school fees, and he drew a strong correlation between good health and education. In his view, healthy school environments and inspections were a social responsibility and contributed significantly to a well-educated, industrious student body.

    Board of Education for City of Toronto

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    Text from the introduction of the Inaugural Address