The A to Z Challenge takes us on a journey through the month of April. We write Monday through Saturday and take Sunday off. Hence, 26 days and 26 letters of the alphabet. Come in and see what snippet I'm sharing with you today.
Oh my how school has changed since I was a student in the 1950's and the 1960's. First of all was kindergarten. It wasn't necessary for us to know how to write our name, say our ABC's, or all of those other things they need to know before kindergarten now. That was what kindergarten was for. That is where we learned our colors, our numbers, our letters,and etc. Not anymore!!
We learned to read in first grade. Period! Now many are starting to learn in kindergarten. I think we are rushing our kids and no longer allowing kids to be kids. And now if you don't go to pre-school for a few years you are already behind.
We went home for lunch. Everyday. Regardless of the weather, we walked. Now most kids eat at school. Here in our district they don't even get the option to go home for lunch. We are too far away from their school anyway.
Also when I was going to school there wasn't any talking back to the teacher. If you talked back you were sent to the principal's office. AND your parent was notified. Most often, the fact they were telling your parent, was enough to make you stop what you were doing. In the principal's office hung a paddle. It had little holes drilled in it. To make it hurt worse when you were hit with it, so they say. I never knew anyone that was actually paddled at school. I think the threat of it was enough.
The stories my grandchildren tell about their school days raises the hair on the back of my neck. The language kids use to a teacher is so disrespectful and disgusting. I cannot believe teachers have no recourse. Harley tells me that even if these kids go to the office, not much is done to them. So what's the point? I heard from another teacher, who teaches at a grade school, talk about some of the disruptive students in her classes. Now and in the past. They spend so much time trying to control those who are disruptive that I wonder how they are teaching anyone anything. And once again she gets no support from anyone higher up. It does no good to complain. Parents will come to the school and cause a huge stink and no one is doing anything to change behaviors.
There is a child going to the kids school who doesn't like getting up in the mornings. So, at least one or two days a week, mom lets him sleep in and then she brings him to school. Once again, no repercussions. Wonder what it will be like when he starts working at a real job.
I am certain these are not just stories happening in my hometown. It is sad! So Sad!
What are your thoughts on education? Do you hear the horror stories too?