Sweeney, Arlyn, G.: England: 1951 – 1954

TEACHING IN ENGLAND IN ’54 WAS REALLY QUITE A TREAT. MY CLASSROOM WAS A QUONSET HUT, AND THE TOILET ACROSS THE STREET!

WE DIDN’T HAVE COMPUTERS, NOR MUCH OF WHAT WE HAVE TODAY, BUT WE DID HAVE STUDENTS WE CARED ABOUT, AND WE ALWAYS FOUND A WAY!

THE FIELD TRIPS WERE FANTASTIC! ENGLISH HISTORY BECAME REAL! THE MANY SIGHTS WE READ ABOUT WERE THERE TO SEE AND FEEL!

THE RIVER THAMES WAS OURS TO CRUISE. WE VIEWED THE LONDON TOWER. IN MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES WE SPENT HOUR UPON HOUR.

THE BRITISH WAY OF DOING THINGS WE LEARNED TO MAKE OUR OWN. THEIR GRACIOUSNESS WAS APPRECIATED, FOR WE WERE FAR FROM HOME!

SINCE THIS WAS BEFORE DODDS” AS SUCH, 3RD AIR FORCE RAN THE SCHOOLS AND THEY, TOO, HAD THEIR RULES AND REGULATIONS. THE MILITARY RULE!

IT’S HARD TO THINK THAT SINCE THOSE DAYS FORTY YEARS HAVE UNFURLED, AND FROM OUR “TEMPORARY” SYSTEM HAS EVOLVED THE GREATEST SCHOOL SYSTEM IN THE WORLD!

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