A Day at School

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325496
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Title A Day at School
Description was a second song, much enjoyed, and then to work! Arithmetic was first, as it was considered the most difficult subject. Here we learned to add, subtract, and do long and short division. After a half hour of teaching, the teacher made an assignment for homework. Homework was always expected of even the youngest pupils and considered an essential part of their education. Next came a half hour of penmanship. When class started, the teacher would say, "Make two lines, an inch apart, at the top of your paper or slate." Then she started the lesson by say-ing, "Round, round, straight; round, round, straight; ..." and we would make perfectly round circles and a straight line, staying inside the confines of the two lines. When we became well drilled, we would stand up and shake our hands to keep them nimble and prevent cramps from the laborious tight holds we had held on our pencils or chalk. Then on to e's and 1's, now making three lines, or a line between the first two, so the e's would be half as high as the l's. This drill was practiced every day. When the gong sounded, we were formed in line and marched orderly down the stairs and outside for recess. We would all make a bee-line for the "little houses " in the southwest cor-ner of the school ground. These foul-smelling outhouses were never cleaned. Vulgar, filthy pictures and writings decorated the walls. Two holes were in each bench, a smaller one for the small children. If perchance someone missed the hole, the filth was left to dry of itself. No effort was ever made to clean or remove the wetness. A high fence separated the boys from the girls, but that didn't prevent loud talk coming through from the boys to the girls or vice versa. This "errand " was quickly taken care of, and we were soon out on the playground ready for a game of "Sister Perute," jump rope, ball, or "Nip-cat." Often we crossed the street east and jumped the big creek that ran along the Barton lot. At the sound of the bell we again formed a line for the march into the building. After recess came the dreaded language lesson where we learned to speak properly, write themes, diagram sentences and conjugate verbs. Such a struggle with adjectives and ad-verbs! Then came a short exercise drill where we bent over, touched our toes with our fingers, "reached to the celling," and shook our heads. History was boring; nothing but wars and the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States! When the gong sounded for noon, we again formed a line, though never were we allowed to begin marching until everyone had coats, overshoes, and hoods in place. One hour was allowed for lunch. Sometimes we took our lunches and were allowed -120-
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Identifier 134_A Day at School.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325344
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