Monday, September 1, 2014


Today's picture is from 1938 and it shows children on the playground climbing and hanging upside down. I can not say for sure, but I bet this type of play has been pretty much regulated out of existence, and in its place we have a generation of diabetic prone obese children. Time for us to have kids be kids again.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dodge Ball

Today's picture shows an old fashioned game of Dodge Ball. The picture was taken on a playground in 1910. You can see some swing sets in the background.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Merry Go Round

Welcome to Playground Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at old pictures showing days gone by when children would actually play outside. We start with this picture from around 1920, which shows a Merry Go Round. This was a key piece of equipment on the playground when I was growing up, but you do not see them too much any more. I hope you all will share your favorite playground memories this week.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Outdoor School

We wrap up Back to School Week with this picture of students studying outdoors. The picture was taken in 1939 in Oregon, and it looks like the entire school decided to take advantage of the sunshine and learn outside for the day.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Today's picture shows two students in a one room school. The picture was taken in New Mexico in 1943, so I guess the tradition of one room schools was still alive at that time. The truth is that it does not take that much infrastructure to give a child a good education. We home schooled our daughter all the way through, and she had no trouble adapting to college, and in fact graduated college at the top of her class. I think the key to a good education is discipline and high expectations. I am very fortunate that the school where I teach still has both discipline and high expectations. The students thrive in that environment.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

School House

This is a picture of an old one room school house. While the board walls do not look like they would offer much resistance to keep the cold out, I bet that pot bellied stove kept it nice and toasty in there. The picture was taken in 1916. The picture was taken in Kentucky, and during planting or harvest seasons, many students would not come to school because the family needed them to help work in the fields.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dunce Cap

Today's picture is from 1905 and it shows a student with the "Dunce Cap". The dunce cap was a form of punishment of making a student wear a silly hat for acting out of line. When I was growing up I can not remember anyone using a dunce cap, but I can remember teachers would spank students in the classroom as needed.

Monday, August 25, 2014

One Room School

Today's picture features an old One Room School. The picture was taken in Colorado in 1905. Back in the day, all grade levels were taught in the same room. Can you imagine teaching all grade levels all subjects as one teacher in one room? Pretty amazing, and these people got exceptional educations.

OK, today is the first day back at school for me. I will be teaching Algebra II, PreCalculus, Calculus, Engineering I, Engineering II, Engineering III, and Engineering IV. Should be a pretty busy day!