In a big room filled with Year 2 children, Tamworth historian Rod Hobbs is talking about what school was like “in the olden days”. “It was a big thing that took up most of the front of the room … you wrote on it with chalk, then you had the duster to clean it.” Yes – with apologies to people only in their 20s and 30s who used them – blackboards are now, indeed, history … and one of the many aspects of their school’s past that Tamworth Public kids have been learning about. Read full story, including videos here.
In our youth there was certainly a much greater emphasis on the three Rs and we learned many things by rote, which had the effect of staying in our minds to this present day. The history of reading instruction is, to some degree, the history of pendulum swings between what was believed to be the correct method at the time. For full story click here.