Date of Award


Level of Access Assigned by Author

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)




Open Air Schools came into existence because people had found a need for them. Some children were for one reason or another not profiting by a regular school routine. There were several causes for this. One cause was that some children had come in contact with tuberculosis and scientific studies showed that the tuberculosis germs could be best treated by out-of-door rest and good nourishing food. Other children were malnourished so didn’t have the resistance to fight off colds and tiredness. Still others had had operations and were not strong enough to attend a regular school.

Open Air Schools are based on the conception that the first essential to a worthy education is sound bodily health. Since the regular routine of the ordinary public school does not take care of children who because of their physical condition cannot compete with their normal classmates, the Open Air School became necessary.