The world has changed over the last few decades; there is no doubt about that. As a result, many things that used to be okay are no longer acceptable. However, when it comes to things that schools did back in the day, several things would never fly today, according to a popular internet forum.
1. Paddling Students
Most people will agree that corporal punishment no longer being allowed at schools is a good thing. But, unfortunately, it wasn’t just the Catholic Schools that would hit unruly children; public ones also did. Sometimes teachers would use their hands, but all too often, they would use switches and paddles.
2. Designated Smoking Areas
This deadly habit was a lot more common before we knew just how serious the risks were. Not only was the teachers’ lounge filled with smoke, but there were also designated areas for students.
3. Making Crossbows in Shop Class
Making weapons in shop class sounds like a brilliant idea, doesn’t it? In shop class, students used to build their own crossbows.
4. Voting for “Best Body.”
Superlatives are a fun way to close out the year, but voting for who has the best body or backside is a bit extreme. Several commenters recall that not only were these some of the things they would vote on, but the yearbook would include photos of said bodies and booties.
5. Marksmanship in Gym Class
Students might not have made their own guns but were taught how to use them in gym class when studying marksmanship. On top of that, many claim that there were multiple honor system gun racks and hunting clothing racks in the front office during hunting season.
6. Social Security Numbers as ID Numbers
Back in the olden days, student IDs were often your Social Security Number. It was present on all tests, homework, and even the grade reports posted on the walls outside of the classrooms. That is just asking to have your identity stolen.
7. Disclosing Tablets
Schools used to hand out something called disclosing tablets, which students would be forced to chew. The tablets would then stain your teeth in areas with plaque so you knew where to brush.
8. Scoliosis Checks
While these might have good intentions, kids were often sent into a closet with a teacher before being told to remove their shirts and bend over. The reason was that the teacher could check their back for Scoliosis, but can you imagine having kids do this today?
9. “Slave Day”
This one is quite terrible, but most responders remember the day vividly. While studying slavery in school, a “slave day” would be hosted. Students could purchase from other students via auction, and they had to do what you said that day.
10. Forcing Kids To Be Right Handed
One person recalls that they were left-handed when they started school but that it was not widely accepted. “It was quite a common technique for teachers to tie us lefties’ hands behind our backs so that we’d learn to navigate the world as right-handed people.”
11. Swimming Without Suits
If you did not have this at your school growing up, you would likely be quite alarmed by it. Many men recall that they had swimming lessons in the boys’ physical education class. However, they could not bring swimsuits to school and were forced to swim naked.
12. Tree Climbing at Recess
Students are not allowed to be put in any situation that could be potentially dangerous now, meaning that climbing trees at recess is strictly forbidden. This activity was extremely popular at any school with strong enough trees in the playground.
13. Soda and Candy Machines
Vending machines at schools are not uncommon; however, they used to contain things such as candy and soda, which are now mostly filled with water and healthy snacks.
14. Tape Kids’ Mouths Shut
If a child was talking out of turn in class, it wasn’t uncommon for their mouths to be taped shut. This was, of course, done to teach them a lesson in the hopes they would stop doing it.
15. Mercury in Science Class
Finally, one commenter recalls playing with mercury in their Science class. “We covered coins with it and would roll it around in our hands.” Many health risks are now associated with mercury, including skin irritation, difficulty breathing, and insomnia.
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