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Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

You can chalk this up to “He thinks things were always better in the past”:

• Teachers wore business attire when I went to grammar school.

• They showed up at “open house” for parents in the evening, when people weren’t working and could make the visit.

• Homework was assigned daily and expected to be completed or you received a failing grade.

• The teachers never went out on strike and “unions” were not heard from.

• Parents supported teachers and vice versa.

• If you caused trouble in class you were disciplined; if you didn’t stop, you were thrown out.

• Classes were separated according to speed of learning.

• Awards were provided for academic excellence.

• You had to pass the tests or you weren’t promoted to the next grade.

• Graduation was a big deal for the entire family.

• You recited the Pledge of Allegiance in the mornings and said the Lord’s Prayer.

I can still name all my grammar school teachers and it was in that school that I truly learned to read and write and gain the basis for my successes in high school (which taught me little by comparison but was important socially) and college (which taught me a hell of a lot).

It seems to me we’re more concerned today with who can use what bathroom and making sure we’re “inclusive” than we are about conjugating a verb or learning history.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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