OK, I'm reading Barb Jensen's book READING CLASSES, as I'm sure some of you are going to get tired of hearing, and the bits about school and the inculcation of certain values are interesting to me, because I didn't go to public school until high school.
I won't limit this question to the US, but I will ask people to identify where they were, so I can get some kind of geographical idea of things.
What were your first eight years of school like, if you went to school?
I'll start. My school was one room with a curtain down the middle of it that could be pulled to divide it into the Upper Grade Room (5-8) and the Lower Grade Room (1-4). There were kindergartners who came half-days, and they met in the kitchen. (It was a one-room school attached to the church, so there was an itty bitty kitchen, and the classrooms doubled as the place we had church potlucks and stuff.)
There was no science equipment, so we didn't have science classes at all.
There was some playground equipment outside (swings, two teeter-totters, a ladder thing to swing under with your hands but no big monkeybars like the public school had) and there was a backstop for playing baseball.
The schoolbooks were pretty old. I don't know where they came from.
There was no library, but there were a few books in the low bookcase along one wall. And we got the Scholastic Books order blanks, but the teachers would tell us which books we weren't allowed to order.
Oh, and there were two teachers. One for the Upper Grade Room, and one for the Lower Grade Room. And somebody came in to teach the kindybeaners half-days.
It was a fundamentalist Lutheran parochial school in the Midwest, in case anybody wondered what flavor it was.
How about you?
Honour Your Inner Magpie
- another question on growing up