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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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As the girls begin a new school year-my mind wonders at how school has changed since I was a student-and the startling differences that occurred between the years of my school days and Pap's.



Wolf Creek School

(courtesy of Cherokee County Historical Museum)

Perhaps the biggest difference being the school buildings. Outhouses of yesteryear have morphed into toilets with automatic flushes. Potbellied stoves have been replaced by central air and heat which is usually controlled at some centralized location-a location that may be miles and miles from the actual school.

Other differences that come to mind:

~walking to school, changed to riding a bus, and in many cases has changed to parent pick up lines

~school lunches-changed from packing a pail or sack to standing in the lunch line-and recently in our area the lunch line has become a fat free lunch line

~curriculum-where to start-basically the 3 R's have turned into a global curriculum

~recess has been erased in many cases in favor of guided exercise and mini-bathroom breaks

The most drastic changes in schools have certainly occurred between the years of Pap's school days and today's. But as I look at the changes between my school years and Chatter and Chitter's the biggest one that stands out-is the end of grade testing.

I remember taking Achievement Tests-and I do recall the teachers encouraging you to try your best-but I don't ever recall being pressured into out scoring my fellow students, the neighboring schools or being threatened with retention if I failed the test. Maybe the whole end of year testing is just a pet peeve of mine-maybe the girls eog testing experiences are not the norm. I just cannot fathom more emphasis being placed on the few days of testing instead of the growth a student makes during an entire school year.

What about you-what do you see as the biggest change since your school days? Interested in reading the opinions of folks across the country on the subject of changes in education-click here to read comments left on the Blind Pig & The Acorn site.

Tipper

p.s. Coming up on the Blind Pig-Sue Cole shares her school memories with us-she was born in 1932 and attended school in Haywood County NC.

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