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To: KoRn

I’m convinced that the 1980s were the last traditional decade for kids. The veteran teachers and school administrators who controlled the schools in the eighties learned their craft in the fifties and sixties. They were fine with us playing tag and dodgeball and having “challenging” playground equipment and jungle gyms to play on at recess.


18 posted on 02/02/2012 7:42:35 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick
I’m convinced that the 1980s were the last traditional decade for kids. The veteran teachers and school administrators who controlled the schools in the eighties learned their craft in the fifties and sixties. They were fine with us playing tag and dodgeball and having “challenging” playground equipment and jungle gyms to play on at recess.

Amen! I believe that, too! It was about 1987 that I noticed the touchy-feely crap sneaking into schools. I remember once--since I was so chronically shy at the time---they brought together a group of kids they felt weren't being "reached" or something like that, and I was included. I didn't want to, but they had me in this group along with a "peer member" who was someone we were suppose to confide with and tell our problems to. Guess who broke down and started crying during the meeting? Unh-hunh. The peer member. The rest of us just looked at each other and had the same thought, "what the **** is this?"
33 posted on 02/02/2012 8:01:19 PM PST by Thorliveshere
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I agree with you. I think there are two reasons (among lots of others that people can add) for this:

1. That may have been the last decade when most of the teachers were subject to the military draft. Aside from the morality and politics of compulsive military service, this "forced socialization" helped ensure that most adults had a maturity that is, frankly, quite lacking today.

2. That was also around the time when the combination of the growth of one-parent households and two-income families passed the critical tipping point of this country. As a result of this change, teachers basically became nothing more than day-care providers whose sole function was to "protect the children" while Dad and/or Mom went off to work somewhere.

101 posted on 02/03/2012 4:01:23 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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