Monday, April 6, 2015
Reflecting on good old fashioned schooling
By Myrtle Macdonald, Chilliwack
ur one room schools and communities were multicultural 75 to 100 years ago. Neighbors were immigrants from many ethnic backgrounds and they liked each other and helped one another, especially at seed time and harvest, calving time and in local road maintenance and repair of telephone lines, fences, culverts and other responsibilities, community sports, Christmas concerts, fairs, and music festivals.
That was multiculturalism at its best.
Then larger schools were built, and hours are spent on buses, while the
driver is alone with unruly, bored children. A Recreation Therapist or
Library Assistant should be hired to assist the driver on every school bus.
Even a conductor or a young grandmother would make a big difference.
What else do you suggest that will set the children free with little but enough supervision?
After school outdoor events from 3.30 to 6 PM are much needed
for the sake of children who have working mothers.
Myrtle Macdonald, M.Sc. Applied (in Nursing Research and Education), McGill University.
She is a retired registered nurse living in Chilliwack and now working with the local chapter of the BC Schizophrenia Association. Myrtle was a street nurse for many years in places like India and Montreal. She turned 93 in June and is one of the Voice's most popular contributors.
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