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The good old days?

The older BH and I get, the more we tend to wax nostalgic. Mostly BH recalls the good old days in terms of how much things cost. I then remind him that, while prices were low, we made very little money, so some things were still out of reach. I mostly reminisce about having more time. Before I took the job at the university 25 years ago, I had summers off. I spent some of the time taking courses, some of time with friends and family, and much of the time floating around the pool with a trashy novel to amuse me. If I really stop and reflect, I realize I have time today. I simply elect to use my time differently now that I am older. Ah, the good old days.

Others in education wax nostalgic as well. There have been posts lately about a return to diagramming sentences. And a renewed discussion about the merits of teaching cursive in this day and age. We even have to argue about audio, e-, or traditional text reading. I love Paul Thomas' take: http://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/diagramming-sentences-and-the-art-of-misguided-nostalgia/.

Soon after he posted his piece to the NCTE listserv, Yetta Goodman posted, and now a new discussion has taken off. I love this tidbit in response to Yetta's posting: "The lamb is too hot to eat." Think about diagramming this sentence and the fact that doing the diagramming does not help anyone get to the intended meaning of this sentence.

It is OK to recall the good old days, but let us always be more reflective about those days past, too. I know my practice continues to change and evolve after all these years in education (25 here at the university). I don't think the good days are old; I think they are still here.
Tags: literacy, nostalgia, reflective
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