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Posted by ron on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 6:03pm.

im an only child and parents are too busy to help so, i need to interview someone that went to school 20 years ago and i was wondering if anyone would like to help me. Theses are my 7 questions because i already have 3 answered: 1.How was school like back then for you? 2.What was the enviroment like? 3.What courses did you take? how were you graded? 4.How was that school system different from now? 5.Can you tell me about how you got to school, transportation, buses, walk? 6.How were you discipline? 7.How did you know if school was canceled?

I went to schools in the forty's and fifties. That seems like a few weeks ago.

We listened to the radio to see if school was canceled...

Disciplined? I was a great child. Whippings were common, as standing in the corner with nose on the wall.

There were no buses when I went to elem school, in HS there were buses.

How is school different? I dont know. I was in classes where I was expected to learn...I suppose I was gifted, so took things a little faster than most kids. By age 13, I knew most of the chemistry that I ever learned, I had my own lab. In the 1950's, early, there was no TV, so we read library books each night. I listened to Radio, radio had great drama programs (Shadow, lone ranger, etc). Courses? I took my first two years of algebra in Jr High. In HS, I took all advanced math, chemistry, physics, and regular courses. The course I learned much from was Poetry Intrepretation.
The environment? Water was mostly unpolluted, and the air was clean. STars lit up the sky every night.

I started school in 1948 and continued until earning my BA in 1964, so it's definitely been quite a bit more than 20 years ago!

1. Classes and classrooms were pretty much the same as they are now. We were expected to learn certain things by certain ages (such as having the multiplication tables memorized before entering 4th grade) or we weren't promoted. I actually worried about that!

2. I'm not sure what you mean by environment, but we certainly weren't aware of any problems such as pollution of any kind. The school in the little town where I went to the earliest grades was in the middle of crop fields -- beans, grapes, etc. Now it's the home-base for Google, and there are no crop fields anywhere near the place! Another type of environment is social -- and I remember a great deal more freedom than kids have today. My friends and I could take the city bus and wander all over the place, and our parents didn't worry.

3. Through 8th grade, we all took the basic courses. One difference was a couple of survey courses we could take that last year so we could decide on what foreign language we would study in high school and what other electives we might be interested in. In high school, I took all the college prep courses possible, including four years of Latin. We were not graded on the curve, as I remember; we were graded on the 70-79=C, 80-89=B, 90-100=A. There were no GPAs above 4.0!!

4. The main difference in the school systems then and now is in electronics -- clocks, PA systems, telephones in classrooms, computers, etc. I think I was taught better and learned more than many students today BECAUSE we didn't have those crutches!

5. I rode buses through elementary school and walked while in grades 7-10. Then we moved, and I rode buses again for grades 11 and 12. That high school was 7 miles from anywhere!

6. Discipline? My parents expected high grades and perfect behavior. I didn't want to find out what would happen if I disappointed them. (My brother was gutsier than I was, so he mowed lots of grass, cleaned bathroom tile, did lots of painting, etc.)

7. I grew up in California -- school was never canceled!!

=)

thank you very much this is really helpful =D thanks

In the '50s, the environment in elementary schools was pretty much like today's -- if you remove the electronic stuff. The books and paper and pencils and crayons, etc., are just about the same. One main difference I notice is that my granddaughter (now finishing up first grade) reads out of many small books, as well as a few hard-bound readers. I don't remember that many small books in the classroom when I was in primary grades. I do remember getting lots of books to read from the city library by the time I was in third and fourth grades. Desks are still desks, but we were not put into groups. We did not carry backpacks, and we didn't bring home every single piece of paper we put pencil or crayon to!!

for the question 2.What was the enviroment like? i meant by like what was the school enviroment like? and for discipline? i meant by How were you disciplined in school what would happen if you did something wrong. and thanks for the help

for the question 2.What was the enviroment like? i meant by like what was the school enviroment like? and for discipline? i meant by How were you disciplined in school what would happen if you did something wrong. and thanks for the help


thanks for the help bobpursley

im an only child and parents are too busy to help so, i need to interview someone that went to school 20 years ago and i was wondering if anyone would like to help me. Theses are my 7 questions because i already have 3 answered: 1.How was school like back then for you?

20 years ago would have put me at 10 years old...4th/5th grade. Something like that? Man...I feel old. I loved school. I went to a Montessori school growing up and loved it.

2.What was the enviroment like?
You clarified this in terms of things like discipline. I remember having play time taken away and having to sit on the steps for however long. It was no fun because I loved to play football (tag, of course) And I couldn't join in the team later, so if I missed those first few minutes, I had to do something else.

3.What courses did you take? how were you graded?
As a GENERAL rule, Montessori is a little different in terms of grading. You either haven't been introduced to something, you're currently learning it, or you have mastered it. Once you master something, you're ready for the next activity.

4.How was that school system different from now?
I went to a COMPLETELY different type of school than most. So it is hard to say. Wish I could help more there.

5.Can you tell me about how you got to school, transportation, buses, walk?

My dad worked at the school. So I'd show up...about 7 AM. Ugh...no wonder I grew up to hate early mornings. School started at 8:30. I would usually play on the computer until then or something similar.

6.How were you discipline?
See question #2.

7.How did you know if school was canceled?
We had a phone tree since we were a small school. Most of the bigger schools had announcements on TV.

Hope this helped some!
Matt

Went to school far longer than 20 years ago. But I was teaching 20 years ago.

1.How was school like back then for you? I loved school. It was a small town so we were all friends. I liked to compete so learning was fun. A much narrower curriculum.
2.What was the enviroment like? No electronics. Desks, books, blackboards. We had recess.
3.What courses did you take? how were you graded? English, History, Math, Science. Graded on a numeric scale.
4.How was that school system different from now? I went to a teacher's college training school. Lots of practice teachers that we learned how to frustrate. Students then were expected to behave, and we were punished if we didn't. Yes, students were spanked.
5.Can you tell me about how you got to school, transportation, buses, walk?
I walked to school, but kids who lived on farms were bused.
6.How were you discipline?
We were scolded, deprived of recess, sent to the principal, spanked, had our parents called to school; whatever the problem required. One time about 16 of us went off campus to an old adobe house to look for arrowheads. When we got back our parents were there waiting. All of us got spanked and then sent home where we all got spankings from parents. (The principal's daughter was one of the miscreants)
7.How did you know if school was canceled? It wasn't!

When I was in a private school in Japan for high school, the curriculum was much more extensive and the discipline was rigid.

thanks matt

Ron,

Well, I started school in 1946, so it's been a LONG time since I attended a "real" school. However, I did raise three sons who went to school from 1966 - 1982, so I can probably answer your questions fairly well. I have also been an ESOL teacher during the period you are asking about.

1.How was school like back then for you?

I didn't like some classes, did like some others. I liked some teachers and didn't like others. Our sons were about the same. One of their teachers in high school was much disliked because of all the homework he required and the fact that grades were lowered if homework wasn't done on time. He also expected the kids to actually WORK in his classroom. However, once our sons had graduated and were in the navy, they appreciated all the hard work he -- and they -- had done.


2.What was the enviroment like?

Well, for me, my third grade was in a one-room school with no plumbing. I had third grade math, fifth grade reading, fourth grade geography and science. Bathrooms were outside, so winter was interesting. By the time our sons were in school there were no more one-room schools in our county and they had built a new open classroom middle school that worked only for students who could learn anywhere. Most had difficulty because of distractions, so we taught our sons at home after they had put in a five-hour public school day.


3.What courses did you take? how were you graded?

Courses for me and our sons were similar, though there was more history for them to learn. Science and geography had changed some, too. Grades were letter grades -- A+, A, A-, B+, etc. Any you'd better not get lower than a C, or you'd be facing extra homework from Mom!

4.How was that school system different from now?

We had no ESOL or other special education classes. No advanced classes, no taking college classes in high school, either. We did have a football team, but no baseball, soccer, or basketball except for gym and pickup games. We were expected to dress appropriately. If a student was not, he (or she) had to go to the office to pick something from the "poor" box. Most embarrassing. I had a teacher who remembered when genders were not mixed in the school. We had lockers and all coats, lunchboxes, etc, were expected to be kept there. Band instruments could be kept in the band room, but not books or coats. We didn't have a cafeteria until high school. Our sons had cafeterias from first grade, so that was different.We and our sons were expected to do homework every night with some extra on holiday weeks. Homework was graded according to its correctness. Usually, if an assignment was late, you'd better have a good excuse.

5.Can you tell me about how you got to school, transportation, buses, walk?

When I went to elementary school, we had no busses. I rode the Greyhound bus to and from school for a dime each way. If I spent that dime on candy, I had to walk the three miles home. Our sons had school busses available, but were expected to walk one way at least once a week -- two miles -- and the driver had our permission to not wait for them, so you'd better be ready when that bus stops. I did go by bus one year when we lived ten miles from the high school, but we moved again and it was only a mile (the rule for bus rides were over a mile), so I walked -- with a tenor sax. In the snow. Uphill both ways! ;O)

6.How were you discipline?

Disciplined? I was sooooo good, I never needed to be disciplined. Really. Well, I never got caught, anyway. Our one son thought he'd hook school one day, but a teacher -- not his teacher -- saw him and the jig was up. I was called and he was definitely disciplined. A four-page paper on the advantages of an education. Not assigned by the school, but by his father and me. The paper was checked for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and coherance. He corrected it, wrote the misspelled words fifty times and never tried to hook school again.

7.How did you know if school was canceled?

The radio had announcements when our sons were in school. However, we knew that, if the lane needed to be shoveled to let my husband get to work, then the school bus would not make it up the mountain and the boys stayed home -- doing MY assignments. They much preferred going to school.As for me, I really don't remember ever having school canceled except for one major hurricane that shut down everything.

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