High School 2016 Hanover, NH
Observations and Reactions
Backpacks…75% of the kids walk stooped from backpacks crammed with books. Back in the day, there was no such thing as a backpack. How did we manage? Not as many books to carry?
Water bottles… 85% tote around water bottles. Many are eco-friendly but even plastic water bottles can be refilled at water fountains designed for this purpose.
Coffee… A shocking number of kids walk into school carrying a cup of Starbucks coffee. Many others line up at the coffee machines in “The Caf.”
Food in class… There is no scheduled lunch, so if a kid has a full class load, it means eating in class. Distracting when trying to teach, especially the aroma of French fries when still allowed.
Cell phones…90% of kids have cell phones. Since they can use them to access information, sometimes they can sneak in a personal text.
Foreign travel… Every other year the band goes to Germany. In addition, during school vacations and a special time called “March Intensive,” small groups of students have gone to Sweden, Kosovo, Costa Rica, Italy, Greece, France, Spain, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and once even China. We went to D.C. If we could afford it.
Drafts… Writing drafts. Never even heard the term until about 23 years ago. Now a pape may go through two or three drafts with teacher or peer edits along the way before the final copy.
Athletics… especially for girls: lacrosse, hockey, soccer, softball, basketball… I would have been a different person if I had played a sport or at least been a runner. I bet it would have toughened me up in general, and I might not have been such a woos about getting wet in the rain!
Dress…Teachers dress very casually, not always neatly. Only one man wears a jacket and tie, and he graduated from high school 60 years ago and still teaches two classes of history a day. Students… Shorts. On girls, the shorter the better. Actually I think they cover more than very short skirts. And tops…we won’t talk about them.
Sweats are popular with both sexes, especially during cold weather
Student interaction… mixed groups of males and females gather around tables in Atrium and lunchroom to study and/or socialize before school and during “x” periods. The library is another popular spot but there you are to whisper or not talk at all. Good luck!
Transgender… Providing bathroom for transgenders is a hot issue in Student Council. Who knew?
Condoms… Available from nurse. Oh wait, I think parental permission must be on file.
Pledge of Allegiance… To fulfill state requirement, a voice comes over the intercom at the start of the day. “Please pause respectfully for the saying of the pledge of allegiance for those who wish to do so. ” Voice continues with pledge. Maybe two students in the whole school stand, face the flag, and recite the pledge. They are Eagle Scouts.
High school in the ‘50’s? That was then, this is now!
Dorothy C. Judd ©
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