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.