Another school year is getting started and its suddenly occurred to me once again just how long it's been since I was in school. This got me to thinking how much things have changed since then. For one thing, back then there was actually a genuine emphasis on education. You didn't get to have classes where people would bring in movies and the class would spend two or three days watching them instead of doing any actual classwork.
No, I am not a hamster, I'm serious about that. I know of at least one school district where this is a common occurrence. It makes me wonder why they don't just pull the regular classroom chairs and put in theater seating instead. Maybe even sell popcorn and sodas as well.
Speaking of classroom chairs, they've changed a lot over the years as well. Back in the "olden days" when I was in school (and yes, I did walk through two feet of snow to get there and it really WAS uphill both ways!), the desk were these large box shaped things with a metal frame and a wooden top that lifted up to access a storage space underneath. The chairs were straight-backed metal frames with a wooden seat and back.
Those things made the most hideous scraping screech sound when you slid them across the floor. I think they were deliberately designed that way so that teachers would know when somebody was moving around.
Of course, all that's changed now. I've seen the "desks" that kids use these days and lemme tell ya, those ain't desks. They're quiet classroom chairs with an arm attached to one side that extends into a desktop. These days, most of them don't even have any storage area built into them either. You just end up putting your stuff on the floor under it.
Maybe, like so many other things, it would be a good idea to return to an older way of doing things and go back to those big hulking things. For one thing kids need a place to put notebooks and such, for another, if teachers could know by the sound when somebody was moving around, they might just have a better chance of keeping control of the classroom. Of course, they'd have to give a crap enough to want to in the first place.