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Sixteen Things Kids Did In School In The ’80s They Would Never Do Now


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Times change a lot of things, including how schools are run. Certain things that may have been very common when you or your kids went to school would never fly these days. As technology changed, schools got different because of that too.

It can be fun to look back and remember what your experience in school was like compared to how it is now! Take a look at this list of things that happened in schools in the ’80s and earlier and see how many things you remember:

1. Telling your crush you liked them with a Valentine

Valentine / Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

These days, teachers either ban Valentine’s Day cards or make the class give one to everyone so kids don’t feel left out. Back in the day, you would only give a Valentine to someone you had a crush on. Did you ever do this?

2. Watch other kids

Kids in classroom / of Kadena Air Base

Did you ever have to supervise the classroom when your teacher stepped out for a moment or watch younger kids at recess? These days, there are always adults around to ensure all of the children’s safety. Back then, kids were trusted a lot more it seems.

3. Clapping erasers

adam sandler clapping erases
Clapping erasers / Giphy

Many kids had to clap erasers and choke on the clouds of dust as a punishment. Did you like doing that or loathe it? These days, there are mainly smartboards and whiteboards. Gone are the days of chalkboards and that horrible nails on a chalkboard sound.

4. Make ashtrays in art class

Ashtray / Wikimedia Commons

Did you ever make an ashtray in art class in school? These days, smoking is banned in many places so you would never be allowed to make an ashtray in school.


5. Home Ec was for girls and Woodshop was for boys

home ec
Home economics class / Flickr

Many classes in school were very gender specific. These days, boys and girls can take any class.

6. Get hit with balls during Dodgeball

Dodgeball / Mountain Home Air Force Base

Now, many schools ban Dodgeball because it can encourage violence among students. Students don’t seem to like it that much anyway. Others games that have been banned? Playing “cowboys and Indians” or “cops and robbers.”

7. Some schools used to have gun ranges

gun range
Students at gun range / Wikimedia Commons

Did your school allow you to learn how to shoot a gun? That would never, ever be allowed these days.

8. Being picked up by a friend’s mom during school hours

leaving school
Leaving school / www.whiteman.af.mil

Now, it is very strict that a parent or legal guardian must sign students in and out of school. You can’t just be picked up by anyone these days, even if you know them.

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