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A 1950s Childhood Essay

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I chose to look at a video of school rules and their importance in the 1950s, which I found on YouTube. Although uploaded to YouTube in 2008, the video was produced by Coronet Instructional Films in 1953. This video particularly intrigued me because I am interested in becoming a teacher and always want to see how school life and the classroom environment were significant in a time other than today. Also, with my research paper topic being childhood in the 1950s, this was particularly helpful in describing what school life was like. Much was happening during this time including The Montgomery Bus Boycotts, civil rights, WWII, desegregation of schools and the atomic bomb. It was intriguing to ...view middle of the document...

In one instance, a student in the video named Ernie tries to check out a library book. The librarian tells him he has another book already checked out and needs to return that one before he can check out anymore. He begins to get irritated and takes his thoughts to the principal. The principal explains to him that everyone needs to understand that at this time, books can only be checked out one at a time and everyone has to follow them. Ernie questions this and is told that he is just like any other student and needs to obey the rules just like anyone else would. The creator’s purpose in making this video is that it emphasizes the importance of many rules and why they are created. The video touches into the idea that students are at a time when they must learn important rules and understand why no one can abuse them. The author does a lot to get his/her point across and increase understanding. They repeat many aspects, like the ones said above to make it clear to students why rules are the way they are.
The videos audience is that of school-aged children during the 1950s. No stereotypes were seen, but the video seemed to be targeted towards only white students, which was very surprising. This video furthered my understanding of what it was like to be a student in the fifties and how some found it hard to realize why rules are established. I have seen many comparisons of 1950s school rules to that of modern school rules. For instance, one of the rules in the 1950s prohibits things like chewing gum. Today, most elementary and middle schools also prohibit gum...

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