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quiet in school, 1950

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Published on Aug 16, 2009

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Sam Clairs
It's weird to think that these kids are in their late 70's and 80's now
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Miriam Bucholtz
Trust me; I do. They usually didn't interfere with school unless they felt that something wrong was being done (or that the right thing was being neglected). They did make sure that I had the set of encyclopedias to come home to, though, and I'll always be grateful for that and the fact that they taught me to seek my own knowledge and entertainment.
One MercilessMing
Miriam Bucholtz--You parents were very wise and you owe them an immense debt of gratitude for advocating for your best interests. The best outcomes for children's educations are when administrators, teachers, parents, AND THE CHILDREN work together. Sadly, this doesn't always occur, althoughit should and, in CA, it's part of the stated goals for curriculum outcomes.
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Gail Wilson
These kids are nice!! Something you wouldn't know if you didn't grow up in the 1950's! We weren't the kids from hell -  like they are today!!!!!
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Gail Wilson
That is exactly right!!!!
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Damon Edwyn
I assume Bobby made a lot of noise, when the other children beat him up after that film was done.
Robert Carey
Bobby's Mum was probably the teacher so he almost certainly got a good beating daily !.
Scarface 927
It's kinda depressing that these kids are either very old or dead by now.
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Scarface 927
So what would be the reasoning for constantly coming back to this video and my comment? A. You like children B. You're very invested in what I have to say
Pherfinion FoggyMoon
Scarface 927 Now I know how you got your moniker ya troll. Never fails that when you run out of concise thoughts you revert to nasty name calling something that if you said to my face would introduce your butt to the ground. Go away Spanky, you've outted your true self from behind the anonymous nature of your sweaty keyboard.
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Annadog40
Why is everyone named bobby in these things?
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One MercilessMing
Annadog40--According to the US Census for the decade 1950-59, the three most common names for boys were James, Michael, and Robert, in that order. The top three names for girls were, in order, Mary, Linda, and Patricia. my own real first name was far down the list, yet, in my class at school, there were five of us with that name. https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/decades/names1950s.html
Miriam Bucholtz
Those books weren't easy to find in those days, that's for sure. Also, the fifties was a time of great conformity and fitting in. Very few people wanted their children to look or even sound different from the others. My parents were the exception. They didn't go in for the PTA, country clubs (and nobody was on that economic level, anyway), cocktail parties, or the like. It was difficult then, but I'm grateful now. Had I been like everyone else, I might have turned into a hippie to escape the conformity (irony intended).
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elyseny
The teacher said it all. There are places t be noisy and laces to be quiet. We were quiet in the classroom when we were working. But---We went outside after school and ran around and we could make noise. At recess we also could play and make noise. Today's kids sit indoors after school and play at the computer or their smart phones or tablets. But children weren't meant to be quiet all the time.  What they need is a time to be noisy so that they can be quiet when they should be.
Michael Lantz
That was back in the day when America still had the stiff upper lip.
LiL HacK
exactly Mann good times it must've been
Lynda Estrella
I cringe at this and I have been teaching for over 25 years. Sometimes the noise is a child telling you what is going on in his life and why he is hungry. I do not have a quiet classroom but I do have a working noise going on in my classroom. Thank goodness I actually have students with opinions. Life would be so boring without them.
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billybassman21
Trying being loud in an office or even in a retail environment as an employee and see where it gets you. People seem to think that kids magically conform to adult standards when they become teens or even young adults. The truth is bad habits from childhood carry on into adulthood. While they think their behavior is totally normal, others will see them as a nuisance. Furthermore the negativity others display towards them will only make them feel others around them are out to get them. In some cultures it is totally acceptable to say be loud in a restaurant while with others it isn't. These people often feel they are being targeted because of their race when people disapprove. There is a time and a place for children to be loud, sometimes it may be in the classroom, but generally that is what the gym and playground is for. If this is the rule from day one it will be normal for them by middle school. The same with things such as granting restroom and water breaks during class. While children should be granted the restroom in an emergency, letting children leave the room at the slightest urge will only lead to constant interruptions during class. These children will grow up with little discipline to wait when using the bathroom isn't appropriate such as during a meeting with a client or someplace where there just isn't a place to go. The same with dress codes. Who do you think would better be able to handle a dress code at a job? The person that could wear sweat pants and flip flops to school or the person that had to wear a polo, slacks/nice shorts, shoes and socks? I knew people that wouldn't take a job just because it had a dress code. This applies to so many things. Children need structure and discipline, it will make them happier in the long run. BTW the hippy movement was the result of a segment of the population that was raised by Dr. Spock and progressive parenting. These individuals spread their ideology on an innocent culture in the USA. Before the hippy movement schools and offices didn't even need dress codes. The no shoes, no shirt..... signs were needed because of this rebellion and never needed before.
Lynda Estrella
I am not referring to the teacher, I am referring to the idea that quiet helps "all" of us learn. It doesn't, learning styles vary per child and the idea that we are helping everyone learn is not true. It just means the students are institutionalized not to speak up and tell the teacher why they are not learning as well as others.
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Scarface 927
This is so goddamn cringeworthy. "Listen to this WORK SOUND."
Eridu Sirius
As cringe-worthy as some of this is, I think today's kids around this age group would learn an awful valuable lesson in politeness & manners if things in school were still like this.

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