It seems like DH and I are forever making comments about how come we learned so much more in elementary school than today's children do.
Considering that I taught fourth and fifth graders for most of my 25 years of elementary school, that's pretty bad for me to be saying.
But I think I know why.
Nowadays teachers are mandated to teach so many minutes of humane treatment of animals, so much for character education, so much for drug awareness education, conduct scoliosis tests, get students ready for standardized testing, remediate students who do poorly on the standardized tests, juggle class scheduling to accomodate all sorts of mentally, physically, emotionally, or language impaired students, and the list goes on and on.
When I was in Grammar School (1-8), we had an Auditorium Period once or twice every week. We put on plays, recited poetry from memory, learned speeches, and provided an audience for other classes' performances, too. We had a Library time, where we were expected to choose a book and write a book report each week. We went to Art and Music, too.
So what happened back then to the humane treatment of animals and other such programs???? Children learned those values AT HOME!
How about the children who were impaired in some way?? This was a serious negative back then, that we "normal" children were never even aware of. "Handicapped" children were hidden away in substandard, for the most part, schools of their own, and they never interacted with the regular school population.
And how about standardized tests??? There weren't any! Classroom discipline problems were relatively rare, so teachers had more time to teach. Parents, for the most part, reinforced the importance of school and homework.
Is it any wonder we learned more?
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