Saturday, April 23, 2011
School classroom of old.......
As a supervisor of a student teacher today, I thought I would revisit one of my older photos from a past blog. This is a photo in a classroom with high ceilings so I am thinking that it is in a larger town school house, not in a country school.
The photo came from the Osceola pile of old photos that my dad had collected from a house that he demolished. It has no identification on it but it looks like it was a special day in the early 1900's.
Schools have changed in so many ways from the time this was taken. Technology today encourages students not to read books but to flip pages on a computer screen. The types of things read back then are not the same. The older classics were probably contemporary pieces back then, but today's teaching is geared to less historic study and more contemporary thinking. Who of those who are in control of the kind of thinking the students should follow does bothers me a lot, but hopefully students learn to think out their own viewpoints from learning how to do so without the command of others.
There are a handful of students who do read the classics and a small handful of teachers who are introducing some classic writings. Times have changed and the classroom is only a temporary holding spot for students until they can get out and make their own way. In some ways that was the same back then, but today the multi media overwhelms and dominates more that what is taught in schools.
Photos of students from my mom's country school days. The majority probably have lived their lives to the fullest and many would be in their 80's if they are still alive at all. They have progressed into this modern world. Some I am sure have easily embraced the computer world and modern thinking and are blogging. Others have refused to belong to this computer age and television is their only means of viewing the outside world. The difference now with television is that we are viewing earthquakes and mine collapses live on the spot. Daring rescues are seen live and not in books of old.
As I ramble on, I have no message to preach. I am just an observer of life and the lives of people that I observe today in comparison to old. Time changes all things and we control so little of the things that we thought we could.
As I sit in a classroom of eight graders of today, I wonder if they will learn of the wars of old through today's movies, will they know the philosophies that caused them and do they know what they will face in the future. Will the today's versions actually tell the truth or tint it to their liking? Is their future frosted with dreams of old that may never be attainable and will the true purpose of life ever be revealed to them?
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