Teachable Moments – A Woman’s Journey of Self-Discovery
Section – “School Years.”
Illustrated by Kara Rose
What has changed?
Indeed, this will be a September to remember! It is common to think of School, students, teachers and the end of summer. I was thinking about how School has changed over the decades. What are some of the changes? The one-room schoolhouse still exists but have decreased from 190,000 in 1919 to fewer than 400 today. In the U.S., most of these schools are in the mid-west towns and rural areas. (www.npr.org) For me, I had mostly good experiences going to a one-room schoolhouse. The most important lessons I learned were to work together and support each other. Education was a group effort.
Technology has changed us forever. We have a generation of students who held technology in their hands soon after they were born. I remember looking forward to having new pencils, erasers, and notebooks. Even though we still have those items we now have computers, ipads, and laptops. And, of course, the ubiquitous smartphones!
Change happens every year, but this September, we are all experiencing very challenging adjustments. This September I’m feeling for our teachers, professors, parents and students. In some incidents, homeschooling is out of necessity because of COVID-19. Parents have to juggle their work more than ever, and the stress level is very high for many. I trust they will receive the support they need and that we all can be helping in some way.
If you read my Section on “School Years,” you will know I had my challenges. Change often brings challenges, and the test is how we handle each situation.
Question: What are some of your unforgettable memories from your school years? Challenges? Changes?