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Back to school

Notebooks, binders, and school products aren't confined to just the classroom and homework

By Cheryl Tillman Lee
Family Editor

Summer is nearly over and it's almost time to trade in the beach towel for a backpack. Some schools have already opened its doors this past week, while others are still in preparation.

Millions of kids will be returning to school this fall with new clothes added to their wardrobes, new shoes, new lunch boxes, new cellphones, new tote-able tunes, new backpacks, new notebooks, and other workable tools needed for school.

College students everywhere are packing their bags and laptops, while getting ready for the new semester. For some college students, classes will start next week. The new school year does equal new challenges.

For those that have already started classes, they are adjusting to their workloads. A few may be juggling their time for studying and getting themselves adjusted to getting enough rest instead of entertaining friends.

Some college students now have iPads that come pre-loaded with all the textbooks and software required to complete their first year in college. Today, technology has its advantages in the classroom to lighten the typical college students backpack compared to the traditional textbook.

Last year, Americans spent about $17.6 billion on school supplies. Shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies can be a bit hectic.

There's so much to buy, especially if you have more than one child to shop for. However, shopping early can help a parent focus on other things.

Some supplies students will probably need are:

Crayons, scissors--(choosing scissors for young students, look for child-friendly scissors with a round tip and soft grip); backpacks (make sure it fits your child correctly; a two strapped bag is good for comfort and even weight distribution); loose-leaf paper- (wide-ruled paper is created specifically for little hands learning to write).

For kids in middle school and up, the thinner lines of college-ruled paper is fine. No. 2 pencils, notebooks, binders and other school supplies.

With today's fast-paced lifestyles, notebooks, binders and school products aren't confined to just the classroom, and homework isn't always done sitting at the kitchen table.

The History of Public Schools in America

Hundreds of years ago, most learning happened at home. Parents taught their children or, if their families could afford it, private tutors did the job. After the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson argued that the newly independent nation needed an educational system, and he suggested that tax dollars be used to fund it. His pleas were ignored, however, the idea for a public school system languished for nearly a century.

In the 1840s, a few public schools had popped up around the country in the communities that could afford them. That smattering of schools wasn't good enough for education crusaders Horace Mann of Massachusetts and Henry Barnard of Connecticut. They began calling for free, compulsory school for every child in the nation.

Massachusetts passed the first compulsory school laws in 1852. New York followed the next year, and by 1918, all American children were required to attend elementary school. Next came the movement to create equal schooling for all American children, regardless of their race. Finally, in 1954, the Supreme Court overturned its ruling with the landmark case, Brown vs. Board of Education, and public schools became open to people of all races.

Education in Prehistory

Throughout pre-history, most education was achieved through observation and imitation. The bands or tribes had traditions, beliefs, values, practices and local knowledge, which was passed for generations from person to person.

The young learned informally from their parents, extended family and relatives. At later stages of their lives, they received instructions of a more structured and formal nature.

Some forms of traditional knowledge were expressed through stories, legends, folklore, rituals, and songs, without the need for a writing system.

When it comes to preparing for back to school, a little preparation can go a long way. It takes the stress out of preparing, and it's a chance to start fresh, make new friends, and get off to a good start academically.

 

Category: Education


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