8 thoughts on “Teacher Appreciation Day

  1. I would love to work out somehow how education made a difference to my family history. One thing I do know is it made no difference to the size of families in say the nineteenth century. Across my and my husband’s family women had large families regardless of money or education. Their daughters having families early in the century had very few children by comparison.
    The other thing was in Australia in the 1850s an education would get you a relatively high status job without experience. For example my 3rd great grandfather became a magistrate with, as far as I know, no legal training, one year of university and no experience. He seems to have been quite successful at it.


    1. In 1850, all my ancestors were still enslaved. They were all illiterate when the Civil War ended in 1865. The first generation born free was educated and although I don’t think any of them finished high school, they were literate. Of their children, those raised in the city went through high school. Some went beyond. Those born in the country also went to school and were literate.

      This could be a whole blog post or two.

  2. Having a family which values education makes it more likely that children and grandchildren will strive for that as a means to their success. We’ve (my family for at least 4 generations) always been pushed in that direction, I think, but there are also a lot of other values being the foundation of our lives…love, religion, health, financial acumen, loyalty, independent thinking etc. I am sad that low cost good quality educational programs have not been supported by our culture of late.

  3. I absolutely love this hundred-year-old drawing. It is so refreshing. I think that most people still believe that education is very important, but unfortunately most recent stories about education seem so negative.

    1. One of my daughters is an elementary school teacher and it all seems so sad – the administration, the focus on tests, the lack of support from some parents.

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