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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Times Have Changed

This is my first grade class from 1973. Over the years, I taught in both public and private schools, but I always felt safe and secure on the job--despite the fact that for most of those years the schools did not have security systems.

Times have changed. Now, nobody is safe.

My heart goes out to those who are grieving in Newton, Connecticut.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.


Plumbeddown said...

TImes have changed. While I've never been afraid for my own life in my classroom, I do fear what some of my students will become once they leave my classroom (or graduate, drop out, etc.).

The fringe kids are growing in numbers. And the imbalanced kids are not getting the help they need. And I have 23 more years of this before retirement. Sigh. God help us all.

Penelope Marzec said...


I wonder what happened to some of the troubled kids I had in my classes. Even in the first grade it was evident their future wasn't going to be easy. I couldn't do much except refer them to the child study team--and there was a waiting list for that. :^(

MarkD60 said...

Something has changed, when I was in grade school, lots of kids had guns and went hunting and nobody ever got hurt.
I don't know what it is that has changed, but something has...
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Penelope Marzec said...


I don't think anyone needs an assault rifle and I don't think kids need violent video games either.

When we were young, movies and television were tame. Violent video games did not exist.

Perhaps there are some things kids could do without--and adults, too.

Just my honest opinion.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Yes, my hubby and I were just saying this morning how we never had to do "lock-down" drills in schools growing up.

Penelope Marzec said...


We didn't have lock-down drills but we had air raid drills back in the Cold War era. :^(