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Did Schools Change in the Last 80 Years?

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on March 23, 2018 03:00

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80 years ago we learned to read by Dick and Jane books.

Are our elementary schools and high schools different then they were 80 years ago?

We still have kindergarten through twelvth grade to finish before entering college; therefore, there is no difference in schooling. The difference is the methods of teaching, the students, the curriculum, the teachers, the administrators, and the methods of learning.

As an example, children learned to read 80 years ago by the series of Dick and Jane books. We read by memorizing certain words; the, an, and, but, or, are, is, etc, and then we learned a vocabulary. We put all this together and started to make sentences. We put the sentences together and made a paragraph. We put the paragraph together and we end up with a story or an article, we did all this by hand printing or cursive handwriting.

In the first grade, we learned how to print and read and by the fourth grade, we were reading and started to learn cursive handwriting. It’s the same thing today, everything was done by hand—no calculator and computers. The only thing that we were taught to use was a slide rule, which was complicated for many children to learn to use.

Today children are learning to read and write by using the computer, which is interesting because you still have to learn how to spell words, how to read sentences, and how to put sentences together to form paragraphs, and how to use punctuation so that your sentence and paragraph make sense.

Think about it, have our elementary and high schools really changed in the last 80-years?

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on March 23, 2018 03:00

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