We recently laughed our way through a cafemom.com list titled “27 Normal Things Every ’80s Kid Did in School That Would Never Fly Today.” Not only is the list hilarious, it’s extremely accurate. We asked some of our colleagues if the list rang true for them, and it was a resounding yes, although most of the items seemed to cross both the ’80s and ’90s.
Some of the more notable highlights:
Playing dodgeball: We’re not sure when dodgeball became a developmental hazard, but some of our best school memories are from one spectacular dodge, or a brutal hit from one of those boulder-like red rubber balls. And yes, many of us went home with bumps and bruises. Sometimes there was even a few drops of blood. There were plenty of kids that hated playing the game, but it’s hard to believe that participating in an activity that you weren’t a fan of, had any impact on becoming a contributing member of society. We say remove the bubble wrap and let the kids play.
Bring cupcakes for birthdays: Parents are busy. It’s a hassle for most to make cupcakes from scratch, or even remember to add them to the shopping list. But the kids love it. It’s a treat that makes them feel special. And who doesn’t love a good cupcake? At some point in the last three decades, the mentality has shifted from “it takes a village” to “it just takes one bad apple.” Not everyone is out to get us. We think our world would be a much happier place if started to trend back towards the village.
Peanut butter anything: We’re not going to debate the increased number people with food allergies. Yes, we recognize that some foods pose serious help risk to some people. We also recognize that banning everything that could harm a small portion of the population is probably a bad idea. School should prepare kids to function in the world. The world is not going to ban peanut butter, yet.
Walk to school: 50 miles, in the snow, uphill. Many of us were responsible for getting ourselves to school on time. That’s not a bad skill to impose at an early age. Sometimes it rained, or snowed. Feet were wet. Cheeks were red from the cold. Backpacks were heavy and uncomfortable. Somehow, most of us made it though the darkness, relatively unharmed.
Read through the entire list at cafemom.com. What do you remember happening in school, that would never happen today? Tell us in the comments section below.