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how education used to be

by Anna Holzier (2018-02-06)

While the learning materials were too basic, and the expectations too low in the public elementary school I attended in the 1960s (perhaps because it was a near-majority of black students), it was well-rounded and well-thought out. We did art two or three units a week, we learned folksongs and how to read music, we memorized and wrote poems and other creative forms of writing, and were required to read books. We also did arithmetic, spelling, handwriting, had physical education (useless) and recess twice a day. All that from 8:30 to 3:30. I guess now 80% of students just click this link and get everything done momentally.