- Historically, blackboards were mostly black back in the days.
- The color eventually changed to green but the name stayed the same.
Ever wondered why blackboards are called that despite them being green? We bet this has crossed your mind at least once but in case you’ve never bothered to do a research about it, we’re giving you the answer right now.
Well according to history, blackboards were indeed black in the past. The book Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom by Lewis Buzbee tells us that blackboards were first used in the classroom in the early 1800s. The name blackboard was only used started 1815.
In a ReadersDigest article, we learn that the first chalkboards were “mini boards made of slate or painted wood” used by students. These boards eventually paved the way for the bigger versions that we know today.
It began when Scottish headmaster James Pillans asked his students to draw maps but they couldn’t do it in their small boards. Pillans then decided to place several boards together to form a big one and the rest, as they say, is history.
The idea caused excitement among many teachers as larger boards gave them the freedom to teach more of their students at the same time. In 1840, manufacturers started shipping large slates for use in American and European classrooms.
Eventually, the color of the boards started to see some change “when companies sold steel plates coated with green porcelain-based enamel instead of the traditional dark slate,” wrote RD.
In comparison, the new material was “lighter and less fragile than the first blackboards, so they were cheaper to ship and more likely to survive the journey,” the website added. Moreover, chalk powder were easier to erase on the new boards.
Although some started to coin the term “chalkboard,” others still referred to them as “blackboards” which has continued to our time.
And while many schools are already using whiteboards nowdays, it stll has to be said that the “inventor or introducer of the black-board system deserves to be ranked among the best contributors to learning and science, if not among the greatest benefactors of mankind,” reads an 1841 teaching manual entitled The Blackboard in the Primary School.
Follow On Facebook
TikToker Shares How She Tricked Invaders Who Tried Opening The Hotel Door While She Was Alone
5-Year-Old Artist Already Getting Commissioned For Her Paintings
Hiker Discovers Creepy Alien-Like Creature That “Smells Like Rotting Flesh”
New York Store Is Selling ‘Wet Pants Denim’ For $75
Burglary Victim Writes Heartbreaking Note Begging Robber To Return Last Photos Dog
Meet The Gorgeous Actress Who Portrayed Zombie Queen In ‘Army Of The Dead’
Florida School Sparks Outrage After Editing 80 Female Students’ Photos To Cover Their Cleavage
McDonald’s Recruitment Poster Offers New Employees With Free iPhone After Working For 6 Months
Horrific Video Shows Lioness Attacking Circus Trainer In Russia
Taking 4,500 Steps A Day Could Help You Live Longer, Says Research
Man Iced Neighbor Who Repeatedly Asked Him “When Are You Getting Married?”
Do You Live in One of These 15 Countries With The Most Beautiful Women on Earth?
The Secret Meaning of Anklets And Why Some Wives Wear Them
Waking Up Between 3 to 5 AM Could Mean You’re Experiencing Spiritual Awakening
Divorced Man Wrote 20 Epic Marriage Advice He Wished He Could Have Had
Haunting Photos of Two Tourists Snapped Just Before They Mysteriously Disappeared
“Chastity Cages” is the Latest Thing for Men
Pork Fat Is Officially One of the World’s Most Nutritious Foods
Some Stranger Padlocked This Guy’s Earlobe And Ran Away With The Key
Three-Month-Old Baby Left Blind in One Eye After Family Friend Took His Picture
Interesting10 months ago
20 Countries With The Most Beautiful Women In The World
News6 months ago
Mexican Residents Tie Mayor To Tree After He Failed To Fulfill His Campaign Promise
OMG9 months ago
Savage Moment Husband Exposes Cheating Wife During Their Baby Shower
Stories9 months ago
An Old Lady Went To A Bank To Withdraw Some Money