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A Clean Slate

A broken slate tablet with wooden edges and a black writing surface that is missing a jagged piece across the top of the slate, photographed on a plain white background

With most students finally back at school, many parents can breathe a sigh of relief.  Kids these days are going more paperless than ever before – except for the years that the slate tablet was popular.    This writing tablet (76.12.22) was simply a smooth slab of slate inside a wooden frame, which would take writing from a pencil made of a softer material, such as chalk or shale.  Students from the 18th to the mid-20th century would practice their handwriting and arithmetic on these tablets, which they could wipe clean with a sponge or cloth, ready for the next subject.

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