How Has Education Evolved Over the Years?

There used to be a time where your main option for purchasing college textbooks was through the school book store. Now, students have many options, from purchasing books online, buying an e-book format, or even a rental for the semester. Many schools also featured smoking lounges, where teachers would take smoke breaks. What do you remember from back in the day? Maybe it has to do with the school environment, the tools that you used, or maybe even the classes that you took. Share your memories with us on this week’s Hopkins Happenings Throwback Thursday.

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Stanley Sanders March 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

When there was no such thing as no child left behind.

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Bonnie C January 31, 2014 at 8:58 am

I remember using manual typewriters and learning to use a huge adding machine. Some of this was training for cashier and other jobs that might be available to girls outside of school. I remember taking home-economics classes (cooking, sewing, etc.) and being confused about the name of the class; I already knew economics had something to do with finance, and thought balancing a home budget should have been part of the curriculum. Girls were only allowed skirts or dresses (and my legs got soooo cold going to school in the winter); boys were supposed to keep their shirts neatly tucked (and sometimes I long for those days when I'm walking behind boys proudly showing their underwear!). -- And in my very early years, teachers were allowed to strike an unruly child. I never saw it happen, but just the threat certainly kept me from disrupting the class.

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Debra Gayles January 16, 2014 at 8:31 am

I remember when a computer was so large it needed it's own room.:-)
Teachers were also councilors and gave students direct advice. They were "parent" like.

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Cassiea Norris January 16, 2014 at 7:15 am

There was a dress code and there was mutual respect among teachers, studens and parents.
People actually cared about each other.

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