Re: [genpcncfir] Re: McDonald McGowan
That was very interesting. I guess that was an awkward transition
that the schools had to make when they added the twelfth year, if the
state board of education didn't provide the curriculum to go with
it. My mother said she used her twelfth year to take business courses.
My father always said Good Friday was the day to plant beans and
corn. I wonder if they used that as an excuse to get out of school.
I don't think they could have started school as early in the year
back then, without climate controlled buildings. In the fifties they
had those buildings with classrooms which had five windows side-by-
side. The windows were always open during hot weather. I don't
remember that they had window screens. It was often hot. The gnats
and flies! And that was in September! Imagine if they had tried to
cram thirty-some children in a hot sweltering classroom in August.
Air conditioning was not added to schools until many years later.
On Sep 2, 2006, at 9:56 AM, Evelyn Hendricks wrote:
> I don't know how far back you are referring to, but I do know that
> the year used to be considerably shorter than it is now. My mother
> was born in 1904. Her school year was six months. My school year
> through grade seven was eight months. They changed it to nine
> months the year I was in the eighth grade.That year they also
> changed the number of years to graduation from eleven to twelve.
> Since the eighth grade until that time had been the first year of
> high school they really did not quite know what to do with us that
> year. My mother used to say she was positive she learned more in
> the seven years she attended school (the average at that time) than
> her children learned in the whole time they were in school. I in
> turn used to say that about my children. We were not cluttered up
> with sports and other subjects not related to academics however. I
> am not saying the other things are not good, just that academics
> were more important than playing and social refinements such as
> art, music, et!
> The school year started later so the farm children could help with
> the final days of harvesting, etc. It also was usually out by the
> middle of May. Christmas vacations were shorter (five days,
> usually). There were hardly any other holidays during the school
> year. I remember going to school until noon on Thanksgiving Day.
> There was no Easter vacation. If we were going to attend church
> services we could get special permission to be off on the afternoon
> of Good Friday.
> I don't think we wasted as much time as they do now.
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> Subject: [genpcncfir] Re: McDonald McGowan
> I have always wondered if kids back in the day went to school a
> length of time, then they do now. I would assume that in farming areas
> they would be needed by their parents from early spring until after
> harvest. I was in Lancaster County, PA, last weekend, I passed lots of
> tobacco barns, with leaves still drying (curing? is that the proper
> term?). Maybe teaching was more of a part time gig, requiring teachers
> to have 2 professions.
- Dear Dani,
That must have been so weird--the "under the desk
I remember that here in Richmond, Virginia the
craze was bomb shelters. Many people invested in them,
building a basement shelter or placing one in the
yard. Bill Kittrell noted in one of his e-mails when a
member inquired about a property he had purchased that
there might be an underground bomb shelter on it.
Mama figured that a bomb shelter only ensured that
one would die of the fall-out later if he escaped the
Therefore, she did not even consider building one.
--- Dani <doverton1@...> wrote:
> I will check in my mother's photo albums. Her__________________________________________________
> brothers and sister also went to Winterville High
> School, and I will check. Where is the Winterville
> Museum? I would want to go there next month.
> Yes, Elizabeth Edwards was my second grade teacher.
> In 1963 it was the Cold War scare, and we used to
> have drills and Mrs Edwards and all students would
> get under their desks. Of course, being only seven,
> I didn't know what the problem was.
> Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
> by the things that you didn't do than by the ones
> you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away
> from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your
> sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
> ~ Mark Twain
> [Non-text portions of this message have been
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