Education Now and Then

old fashioned typewriter

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Last night the girls were watching Back in Time for School. They thought that the lessons the girl’s were taught were quite hilarious. We watched them learning how to make up a cloth nappy and put it on a baby doll. The girl’s were quite amazed when I told them that I’d done that at school.

I had the nappy lessons and how to make up a baby bottle and feed a doll. For the exam in Childcare, which was an actual subject, we had to make up a bottle of formula in front of the whole class. I hated it, I really didn’t want to think about babies at the age of 16, it wasn’t on my agenda. (Yes, I am a Mum of five!)

One thing that always bothered me was the computer room. I’d walk past watching the boys file in and try to get a look at these elusive computers through the window. Then I’d go down the corridor to my typing lessons. I have to admit, though, I did like typing. The feel of my fingers tapping along the keys while looking at the document to my right made me feel like I was learning something special. My fingers were learning those keys and it’s something I’ve never forgotten. Of course, I was never interested in an office job either.

It was interesting to see how little had changed from the TV program to my school days despite it being more than 20 year later. Thankfully, my girls have much more opportunities at school these days. There are no limitations, they can learn what they want. The typewriters and dolls with nappies are long gone, and the computers are not kept for the boys use only.

School Today

I like to give updates every now and then on how my kid’s are getting on at school and this seems like a good time.

Star, is now my longest lasting child to manage main stream school. She is in year nine and thriving. The school fits her needs perfectly and she has even made a couple of friends. She told me that a lot of her peers are more mature now and the teasing and bullying is no longer an issue. I’m sure it goes on elsewhere, but for Star it’s not a problem which is great. She is doing well in her lessons, learning well and being treated with respect for her disabilities.

Boo is coping well with Secondary school. Her transition was painless as she was already at the school from year six. Being in the building and getting used to the teachers helped loads, she even picked up the playground and lunch time rules with ease. She is not super bright but she tries very hard and works well so I’m sure she’ll succeed. She listens to her teachers and behaves well. She has a lovely group of friends who she gets on so well with and is generally happy.

The Little Man has settled in well in his new school. I’m so glad we found this school for him, he’s already doing better than before and is much happier. There is no bullying and although he still gets into trouble occasionally, it’s not every single day like before. I don’t know if he will still be going through an assessment but I think as long as he’s doing well then I’m not going to worry. He will spend another two years in this school after this one and I’m sure any issues will be ironed out by then.

But one of the things I’ve really enjoyed recently is the lack of head lice! It must have been the Little Man’s old school that was the problem because since he left we have eradicated the little blighters completely. Any Mum that has had to deal with frequent attacks of nits with more than one child will understand my excitement in this.

Lucy At Home UK parenting blogger
Twin Mummy and Daddy


  1. January 11, 2019 / 12:52 pm

    Childcare was a class? Wow! I would have hated it too. That was the last thing on my mind in high school.

  2. January 11, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    Oh, headlice. Not a problem at school but at pre-school, yeah, had to deal with that many a time. And yes, education has changed a huge amount over the years.

  3. January 11, 2019 / 10:46 pm

    I too thought I’d not have children and have gone on to have two. I wouldn’t hold another one – not even my nephew – gross lol. #mmbc

  4. January 12, 2019 / 7:26 pm

    Ha we’ve managed to avoid head lice so far thankfully! Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

  5. January 12, 2019 / 9:11 pm

    Sounds like it is all going very well so happy you have found a good school that suits your boy excellent update Thanks for linking to #Thatfridaylinky hope to see you next week

  6. January 14, 2019 / 2:58 am

    I didn’t know childcare was a class. Now they have it for an elective is the students want in my son’s high school but it’s not mandatory and both boys and girls can take the class. I do remember being made to take Home-Ec when I was in Junior high while the boys took Shop. I learned how to cook and sew, which actually I didn’t learn because I hated the class. Especially the sewing. Now Home-Ec, like Childcare, is an elective and anyone can choose to take it. So interesting how time has changed since then. #MMBC

  7. January 14, 2019 / 3:21 pm

    I am so pleased it is going well for you both, sounds like you a have a good school. Such a good update and nice to hear. I just had my first dealing with headlice late last year, it was awful. xx

  8. January 14, 2019 / 4:45 pm

    I found the back to school programme very interesting. We never had childcare classes but sewing was compulsory. (I actually wish I had paid more attention at the time). However we also got to do woodwork so think we got the best of both worlds. As for nits, 2 years ago we seemed to have them constantly. Couldn’t get rid of them for love nor money. Thankfully now the cohort has changed and we are critter free! #mmbc

  9. January 14, 2019 / 8:23 pm

    I have been recording Back in Time for School. We haven’t got around to watching it yet though.
    I did childcare at school which was only in the mid 90’s hehehe and my teen was taught about babies in Health & Social care.
    It sounds like all your kids are doing great! What a difference in your Little Man. It just goes to show you were right in moving him.
    You’ve said it now, every time I say we’ve had no head lice they seem to appear. hehehe

  10. January 15, 2019 / 1:31 am

    I never had a childcare class, but we (girls) did have to learn how to make a bed, how to cook, sew, iron and keep a house while the boys got to build interesting stuff!

  11. January 17, 2019 / 8:36 pm

    It’s funny how much the school curriculum has changed, isn’t it! Although I do think it would be good to include a few of those “old” lessons because I don’t have a clue how to sew and I always feel embarrassed when I have to ask my mum to sew on my daughter’s brownie badges! Haha.

    I’m so glad your kids are feeling settled at school – it makes such a difference to their learning when they feel settled where they are #blogcrush

    • January 18, 2019 / 10:39 am

      I hated sewing classes, but one of the first things I bought when I was earning money after leaving school, was a sewing machine! I still don’t like sewing much though.

  12. January 20, 2019 / 9:34 pm

    I’m with you Anne. And, I think I learned how to make beef stroganoff and mac and cheese. Crazy! Thankfully, our girls have no such limiting moves in their curriculum. xoxo #thatfridaylinky xoxo

  13. January 21, 2019 / 10:02 am

    Oh my word, I used to teach those classes, putting a cloth nappy on a doll. Am I really that old? Thankfu;ly my school days are long gone now as my 5 have all left home #blogcrush

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