1950 - 60s
|Children in 1940s had the same subjects as we have
now (reading, spelling, math, geography), but the classrooms looked different.
Each student sat separately, and the desks and chairs were fastened to the
floor in straight rows. The teachers were more strict and the classrooms
more orderly. At recess time children would march out of the classrooms in
organized lines. Most of the time boys and girls played on separate playgrounds.
Children would get to school by
riding a bicycle
or walking. Sometimes, children lived so close to the school that they could
go home for lunch and return to school.
Children in 1944 were living during a rough time. The
Second World War was going on in Europe, China and the Pacific Islands. At
school, kids would learn about the war and about the places where the American
soldiers were fighting. Children tried to help as much as they could by recycling
old rubber tires and metal junk to make new weapons, as shown in the poster
above. They also rolled bandages from strips of cloth, knitted blankets and
warm sweaters and collected and sent packages of food to the American troops.
Kids at that time didn't have much money to spend, so
at school they would learn to take care of their books, clothes and other
belongings so they would last longer. They were taught to be patriotic and
to support American soldiers.