1950 - 60s
Lauren's uncle, Steve D., and her aunt, Suzanne K. ,both
attended elementary school in the 1950's in different states. Lauren's uncle
attended elementary school in Marin County, California. His school
was called Ross Elementary. The grades taught were K through
8th. The hours of the school were 9:00 - 3:00. The children
always got to school by riding their bikes.
wore dresses and the boys would wear pants, shirts and sweatshirts. About
18 kids were in each class. Every year you would have a different teacher.
The school didn't have combination classes. If the children needed
to be disciplined, they would stay after school. The principals name was
Mr. Parodi. He interacted with the students quite a lot. Subjects
included were math, reading, social studies, science, art, music and Spanish.
They went on
a lot of field trips. The classrooms didn't have any pets.
The writing materials used were pencils and paper. The
desks were wood flip-tops.They had textbooks with maps, diagrams and writing
in them. The grading system for the report cards for the younger
grades was an U or S. For the older grades it was A, B, C, D and F.They
had homework and big involved projects to work on at home. The parents
were involved on field trips and they helped in the classrooms. The
children with disabilities were treated like normal kids. For lunch,
they had hot cafeteria lunch. At recess time, they played kickball,
tetherball and dodgeball. Lauren's uncle's worst memory was when one
of the teachers died. His fondest memory was graduation!
Lauren's aunt's school was different. She went
to school in San Diego at Garfield Elementary. The grades were K -
6th. The hours were 9:00 through 3:30. Children
got to and
from school by walking. Girls wore dresses and boys wore long pants.
About 35 kids were in each class. They had a different teacher
each year. The school had combination classes. If the children
needed dicipline, then they would stay after school. The principals
name was Mrs. Taylor. She interacted with the students. Subjects
included were math, reading, science, social studies, art and music. They
went on field trips. The classrooms had pets. The writing materials
they used were pencils, pens and crayolas.
The school had five buildings and the desks were like
modern-day desks with wooden slated chairs. The grading system for
the report cards were checks. They had textbooks that were wordy.
They had homework and they had to do big projects at home for
school. The parents were involved by going on field trips. The
children with disabilities were treated with main-streamed. At lunch,
they were served cafeteria food. At recess time, they played tetherball
Lauren's aunt's worst memory of elementary school was
when the third grade teacher lined them up after P.E., she would get a drink
and spit (!) and then take them back to class. Her fondest memory was giving
her speech at graduation.
Notice in the school photograph below that all the girls are wearing dresses
and most of the boys are wearing a tie and/or a jacket!! Things have
changed, haven't they?