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!
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.
The slate tablet was our “iPad”.
Colored construction paper, scissors and starch-white paste collages!
I was quick with math; rather slow with reading and writing. My first and best loves were art and music!
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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