Thursday, August 8, 2019

Getting Ready for School, Now vs Then

Summer is winding down and the Corbett twins are gearing up for another school year. It’s been a bit more frantic than usual because they’re moving on to a different school…high school!

(Girl Twin and Boy Twin at the rodeo)

The past few days have been a whirlwind of trying to figure out schedules, lockers, who has classes with who, which lunch do they have and are their friends in that lunch too, and the big concern, (at least for Girl Twin), is where are her seven different classrooms located on campus.

All this activity and worries got me to thinking how different the “starting the school year” process is now compared to the way it was in the era of the one room schoolhouse. Not only one room, but one teacher, one building, and one area for little learner’s desks and one area for the bigger ones.

100 years ago the school system was quite different!

My husband’s father grew up in rural northern Minnesota, and he and his siblings did the one room schoolhouse until they entered high school. They brought their lunch in a pail, rode in on a horse-drawn sleigh during the hardest parts of winter, and walked the four mile round trip journey during the spring and fall seasons.

The school was heated by a stove, the outhouse was just up the hill a ways, and air conditioning hadn't even been thought of yet.  

A fun side note: There was no electricity at their house until he and his twin brother returned from WW11, and it was quite a celebration when they got a water pump in the kitchen. My husband has thoroughly enjoyed regaling our twins with stories of visiting his grandma's house during his childhood, complete with trips to the outhouse at night, and how the meanest rooster in the world would fight him the entire way there and back.

Question for you…What do you think the school system will look like 100 years from now?


  1. I just hope and pray that schools will be safer by then, too many things happening now a days that are so sad, I really hope that they Do Not Pass a the law where teachers are allowed to have guns in the classrooms . I am sure things happened on the olden days in schools, but I don't think they were this bad at all. I will continue praying for our children, grandchildren and everybody's children who are still in school. Gods Blessings to all.

  2. I can't imagine. I hope it will be better thank the system now. With new technology popping up almost every day, I hope there'll still be time for history.

    1. I'm excited for them to learn all about Oregon's history (this is the year they tackle America's history)


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