Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging


dusting erasers

frech and American flag

Nostalgia: The best student-citizen was awarded the high privilege of leaving the classroom early to take the erasers outdoors to “dust” them!

Number five in the series: “I am a Time-Traveler from The Twentieth Century”

The Forties: Grade School

No one  appreciates the digital revolution more than I do.   Please see my two-part homage in these two links. I worship new technology. I applaud new and exciting educational and communication tools, especially visual aids.


But sometimes nostalgia and  subjective memories distract me while I am using the incredible educational tools of digital imaging in the third and fourth dimensions.

 Blackboards and chalk:

“Going to the blackboard.”

Constantly calling up the best students to go to the blackboard is a method subject to justifiable criticism. However, for those of us chosen, it made teachers of us; and no one learns as much as being the teacher. One has to cold-know-it, to avoid being a public dunce!

blackboard student          blackboard teacher

The take-home message was always on the blackboard. There was no misunderstanding as to what you were expected to know. If one learned what was on the blackboard, you were going to get a good grade.

blackboard school              blackboard children


n-CHALK-DRAWING-OKLAHOMA-SCHOOLS-large570          blackboard lion

slate school                      the rose

The slate tablet was our “iPad”.

Colored construction paper, scissors and starch-white paste collages!


construction paper       collage 1    collage 2

collage 3             collage 4

I was quick with math; rather  slow with reading and writing.  My first and best loves were art and music!

jazz 11

But, I was told: “Much has been given you; much will be expected of you.” Being an artist or a musician, shortly after the Great Depression and The World at War period, did not satisfy the requirement for an only child in this era; so I used my  left-brain for several  decades (the right-brain, surreptitiously).

Charles Clanton Rogers   November 15, 2015

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4 thoughts on “Dusting The Erasers

  1. bbnewsab says:

    High nostalgia factor! Many memories from my early school years.

    Thank you so much, KK!

    BTW, I’m sure you, too, remember the screeching/squealing sound from the chalk. An extremely irritating noise, wasn’t it?

    In this article some explanations are offered to why just that kind of high-pitched sound was/is so irritating: .

    One hypothesis suggests the sound reminds us of the warning call of primates. But according to creationists I have consulted that can’t be true, because God created us humans “in imaginem Sui” (in His image). So why would we be bothered by warning calls made by primates?

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      The chalk noise was not as bad as when the teachers fingernails scratched the blackboard! Hated that! K

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  2. Brilliant. Technology is necessary but these photos conjures simpler times.

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