April 25, 2016
If you are a baby boomer like me, you will remember with some limited fondness of days spent as a child in the classroom. Silence was normally the challenge and order of the day. “Children are to be seen and not heard”, I always remember being said! The teachers were constantly shushing the students and demanding we speak in a whisper rather than a loud voice.
A few weeks ago I was asked by my son to come to my granddaughter’s school to attend their Science Fair. We entered the school and proceeded to walk through the long hallway to the gymnasium. As I was walking along through the hallway I would glance into the classrooms along the way.
To my delight I discovered that there was no longer the silent classroom with children sitting quietly at a desk, falling asleep from idleness.
Laughter filled the air from every direction. Voices of excited children in the distance as we walked along to our destination. What a wonderful sound! Excitement, laughter, such enthusiasm and I could hardly wait to see what they were up too!
We also met the various children in the hallway, hurrying along in another direction to complete a task that had been assigned to them. The excited smiles on their faces and sincere enthusiasm was so delightful to witness and I thought to myself, “this is how school should be”!
Now, I will admit, we did learn in our olden-day silent classroom and that was quite normal to be dedicated and silent while we concentrated on our studies. There is a lot to be said for silence, I agree.
I do have to admit; however, that no one could ever tell me that the laughter, enthusiasm and excitement I saw on the faces of these children on that particular day at school were anything but delightful and inspiring.
Silence and whispers are always appropriate for certain places and certain times but I hope schools everywhere will favour the laughter!!
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