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Posted on 12/01/2009 3:24:54 PM PST by MNDude
I was recently scanning some of my mom's old slides into digital format. She was a teacher at a public school in the 1960's. I couldn't believe some of the religious symbols in her classroom.
This is my first time posting a picture, so I hope it works:
You can tell from the picture your Mom was a WONDERFUL teacher...the children were allowed to have fun, be children and yet, there was joy in a classroom of respect and ‘control” . How lovely. thanks.
Wow, they could say Holy Night then. Holy Cow!
One of my jobs is delivering books to various schools for book fairs. I happened to be dropping some off at a grade school in NJ and heard the kids practicing for their upcoming “Holiday Pageant”. Nothing about Christmas. I didn’t expect to hear “Oh Holy Night”, but not even “Let it Snow”, “Jingle Bells” or “Roudolph”. Everything was songs about generic happiness and gifts, and a few about Kwanza, but not even Hanukkah. Very depressing.
I agree. I was looking for the zoned out kid on Ritalin and couldn't find him.
Among other things, remember when teachers used to dress like professionals? Often when I see local teachers interviewed on TV, they look like bums.
That was before Christians allowed the ungodly secularists rob their children of their Christian heritage. Every Native American, African-American, Latino child can celebrate theirs, even if they have to make up events like the bogus Cinco de Mayo, but Christians can no longer celebrate the birth of Jesus. Our classrooms are much poorer for it.
The one just to the right of your mom, is that a girl? If so she’s a time traveler! Girls wearing pants in the sixties was contrary to the known laws of physics!
Living in a Godless society sucks. If only today’s children could look as happy as the children in your Mother’s class. If only teachers looked as caring as your beautiful Mother...
In music class when I was in elementary schools we learned ever verse to every Christmas carol at school and then had a Christmas program where each class sang 3 Christmas carols each with all verses. These were songs like Silent Night, O Little town of Bethlehem, O Come All Ye Faithful, along with a few of the more fun Christmas songs. This was in the mid to late 60’s and early 70’s, back when Christmas was Christmas. We also learned every patriotic American song and all the old songs of the pilgrims and some Indian songs. It was a wonderful time to be an American child.
I don't get your comment. Latinos are overwhelmingly Catholic. That means that they celebrate Christmas.
And Cinco de Mayo is made up and bogus? What does that mean? If Americans what to commandeer the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo and make it a drinking day, I don't see that as much different than Americans commandeering the Irish holiday of St. Patricks Day and making it a drinking day.
WOW....Nativity Pictures on the walls!!! That looks like about the age I would have been at that time...but, we had to wear skirts/dresses!
That was my class room in about '59. I'd forgotten how much gentle religion was incorporated into the curriculum. Notice that the clock, it's after 2:00, day is nearly done.
Tonight they will go to the Christmas Sing at the fieldhouse where all the school choirs were performing traditional Christmas songs and hymns.
That was back in the day when the teachers were allowed to discipline. The boys stayed in line because they knew they would get it at home too if they got in trouble at school. The boys were under control and not on “calm down” drugs. They were afraid to go to the principal.
I did an illegal painting in perhaps 5th grade. It was Calvary with three men on crosses and I misquoted Luke 23 with the caption “Tomorrow (sic) you will be with me in paradise.”
And my 5th grade Easter painting was in perhaps 1962.
Thank you MNDude. It’s a heartwarming scene.
I, personally, am older than dirt, and attended two different one-room schools in rural Pennsylvania before moving to an area where we had a consolidated school district. We started each day with Bible reading by the teacher and group recitation of The Lord’s Prayer by the student body. Then we had the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. It has been so long ago it may not have been in that precise order.
We had an hour off for lunch. Kids who lived nearby walked home for lunch. The rest carried lunch. When school reconvened at 1:00 P.M., the first thing we did was to sing a HYMN.....out of HYMNALS! Then there was a short 2 or 3 minute spiritually-based talk by the teacher, and another 2 or 3 minutes of discussion and Q&A between the teacher and pupils, and then back to the regular classes. And this was NOT a parochial school. It was a Public School in The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!
Today.....that teacher would be frog-marched out of school to a paddywagon and hauled off to the hoosegow! Meanwhile, the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave slouches on towards Gomorrah!
I graduated high school in 1975.
We said lord prayer.
We celebrated Columbus, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, all Vets days, Valentines.
We did patriotism plays all the time.
We had fish on Fridays for catholics. We played Parochial schools in sports and subsidized their textbooks etc.
Religious speakers sometimes spoke...the few Jews we had went to the library if their parents wanted.
We had rifler and archery at the YMCA outing we did.
YMCA sponsored out football and basketball and track in grade school.
We showed Littlest Angel the day we got let out for Christmas..old Coronet reel...I cried every time.
There was no political correctness...zero. Then came forced busing and it was a cliff dive from there.
Now my kids go to a grade school in one of the most conservative counties in the US but PC still rules. They are very scared of Christmas since Jewish groups and have already sued them and are suing Mt Juliet as we speak.
Their school has 2 Jews and one Muzzie out of 700 kids K-5...so the 697 other ostensibly Christian kids just give up their heritage.
Do Yom Kippur days in Monsey public schools get the same treatment? not that I know of.
and then there is more...average teacher even “conservative” ones are PC robots....they use a Harcourt book...not very PC but they feel they have to qualify every damned thing with something negative the white man did...constantly...schools is 99.5% white...black schools don’t do this...they teach black mythological history as pure fact...just go sit and one and watch the fantasies unravel...stuf you never knew..lol
boys cannot play combat, no stick drawings of war, no teasing, God forbid fighting...though my brrod sure will...recess only 3 days per week with some girly game or just walk the track...retch..
Young freepers have been so brainwashed to think that since we were not as noble as they now are about blacks, women, Mexicans etc that everything back then was wrong and they are now so much smarter and more righteous.
That sort of arrogance is killing our culture....and it is based on utter lies and zero context.
Parents like me have to fight a steady battle to combat the emasculation, feminization , white guilt, negativity about Europeans, disdain for American and Christian culture all the effing time.
sometimes I just have to tell my boys to let it go for one night...its’ so damned depressing.
you guys have no idea what a stupid and weak culture has been created with all this crap swirling around us..it got Socialist bro elected and may ruin us for good in a very dangerous world
i blame the rise of feminism, treating blacks like pampered pets as though they can’t take care of themselves, a rise in anti-Christian sentiment from the usual atheist groups and left wing kumbayaers and academia...the later having throughly trounced us
the only thing better about today is medicine, air conditioning saturation and cars that handle better...ain’t that is diddlysqyat compared to the negative ...but try telling that to an under 45 without kids
it will take WWII again to right the course ....better sooner than later
so for now I’m with Sarah...she knows what time it is to folks like me...she has to fight the same battle
btw...Rockwell was no a conservative
This is about what I remember, too. I wish I’d known how good I had it then.
Such miserable people. The girls are all thinking “I wish we could dress like sluts.” The boys are all thinking “I wish we could walk around with our underwear showing.” All the kids are thinking “those religious symbols are destroying our very soul! And why haven’t we heard a single word this year about gay rights and transsexuals and safe sex?”
The teacher is thinking “how much better a world it would be if we had no power to discipline these kids and they would run around with nothing I could do! And if only we had a strong union that would keep all the incompetent teachers employed!”
Those people back then look so miserable, don’t they? Thanks goodness the cultural revolution of the sixties saved this nation!
/sarcasm off the scale to the moon and back with a round trip to Jupiter thrown in alert.
We allow public jokes (er, schools) to exist. We allow the ill-educated union members that stock our schools.
We can stop it anytime we wish.
First step...NO ONE with a degree in EDUCTION gets near a child.
I miss that America, too.
But you know what a liberal would say if you showed them that picture? “Oh yeah, life was great when black people were forced to go to separate schools.”
The thing is: they’re right. Life was better for both blacks and whites before desegregation.
But if you say it: “you a raciss”.
EDUCTION? (sorry, couldn’t resist)
Lord's Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance was mandatory every morning. Some other things I can't recall, but in Fourth grade, we put on a play of "A visit from St. Nicholas" (Twas the Night Before Christmas). We practiced for a couple weeks and knew every line from memory.
In Fifth grade we learned the Gettysburg Address from memory and the Star Spangled Banner (First Stanza) from memory.
In Fourth grade, the Principal interrupted us with news to teachers and students alike, The President has been shot in a motorcade in Dallas Texas. With a male teacher, we all swallowed our shock and marched on.
And from the picture it looks like this Christmas celebration involves a pinata.
We had opening exercises every day of the school year. A bible reading, the Lord's prayer, and the pledge of allegiance.
And a Christmas pageant once a year; at our 50th reunion I looked up the woman who had been the poor girl in 3rd grade who had to recite a verse of scripture for a pageant, and just couldn't get it right in rehearsal. So we all had to listen over and over again, as the teacher tried to get her to say it correctly.
I found her in the reunion, and just said, "And there were in the same country shepherds . . ." - and she burst out laughing at the memory from the late 1940s.
Bless you Wardaddy! i couldn’t change a word.
Wonderful picture. Those were the days! It was great to be an American, teacher or student, back then.
Gone forever in the Obama world of Marxism...
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I couldn’t help but notice the game they are playing... I think it is called something like “let’s beat Santa with a baseball bat” or something like that. LOL
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There are few conservatives in Stockbridge, MA. It has been an artsy-lib enclave even when Rockwell tried to portray it as quintessential small-town America.
All the people with memories on this thread—look out, you are on the hit list for the government. Rush said on his program today that cutting healthcare for seniors is in the Maoist tradition of getting rid of the people with memories of how things were before the “cultural revolution”...
there is a decent article in Vanity Fair...I know..what am I doing?
i never knew he was a lib till i read the article