18 Things You Won’t Find in Schools Anymore
As things evolve, so does the way students are taught, and that means classrooms look a lot different than they did even 20 years ago.
Projectors with plastic sheets
To display math problems or vocabulary words in a large font on the board, teachers would use projectors and clear sheets of plastic that could easily be cleaned between lessons. Now it’s becoming more common for teachers to use iPads or Surface devices to write on a screen that is then projected at the front of the classroom. It’s common knowledge that technology is popular in schools, but these things your child’s teacher wants you to know might shock you.
Kids have so much technology around them that many don’t even know how to read an analog clock. Some schools are removing analog clocks and replacing them with digital ones because students can’t read them to figure out how much time is left when taking standardized tests. Many teachers still agree, though, that learning how to read an analog clock is a very important lesson. Sometimes, the things you’re taught can change as well, like these 20 facts you learned in school that are no longer true.
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Not everyone had a Beatles lunchbox growing up, but most people had some sort of metal lunchbox they brought to school. That gave way to the brown paper bag for those who brought lunch from home. These days some of those lunchboxes can be worth money.
Vintage chalk holders
If you were a music kid, you’ll remember seeing an old chalk holder, even if you haven’t thought about it for years. Teachers loved it when they had to write out music on the chalkboard. Unfamiliar with chalk holders? See if you can guess what these other antique tools were for.
Compasses and protractors
Boy, geometry was a pain when you had to draw a circle. Even though you had a compass and a protractor, that compass could get wild and tear up your paper in a hurry if you weren’t careful. Sentimental for the school days? Thank an old teacher for the math lessons you actually use in real life.
At a certain point, graphing calculators became required items for math class. Mom and Dad didn’t like having to dole out the cash for the expensive item but you learned how to use mathematic formulas. For the really savvy, they learned how to add games to their graphing calculator. These days you can do just about anything on your phone. There are plenty of hidden iPhone hacks to help you figure out the tip or make other calculations.
When’s the last time you had to cut some paper? You likely used the old paper cutter for a number of things in school like art class or whenever you needed smaller graph paper. Kids these days might not recognize this vintage paper cutter, or what these antique objects were used for.
Trapper Keepers were all the rage for students to stay organized. These days, almost every kid carries around an iPad instead. Worried about digital devices in schools? Find out exactly why technology is making you stupid.
Kids used to carry around a thermos to school on those cold winter days. Parents filled them with hot cocoa or soup that they could enjoy at lunchtime. These days, there are a lot more insulated coolers carried around that will keep food hot or cold. Wondering what else has changed since your school days? Find out the facts you learned in school that are no longer true.