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Comparison Essay Example

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Comparison and Contrast Essay
In the first decade of the twentieth century, students attended school for no more than few years. Children were lectured on basic reading and arithmetic skills. In addition, the 1900's American schools were rural and only had one classroom. Today's classrooms have completely change compared to early twentieth century classrooms. The two main contrasts between the 1900's and modern classroom are the lack of learning resources to educate students, and the teacher's authority in the classroom.
First, 1900's classrooms lacked of learning resources to educate students. For instance, the early twentieth century classrooms were rudimentary and the majority schools were wooden shacks in rural areas. In addition, school's furniture was basic, often wooden benches built by parents. Additionally, classrooms were equipped with insufficient educational material. For example, there were no maps, or reference materials available, and no more than a few books including a bible. In an average classroom, a teacher would have students of all ages. In addition, in the 1900s, there were not specialized school supplies, and there were only basic items such a paper, ink, and chalks. Furthermore, farmers were in charge of supplying schools with basic needs, such as wood for fuel during the winter months, and horses that served as transportation for students. Furthermore, in early twentieth century the technology used in the classrooms was limited to an abacus, instead of calculators. For example, in 1900s' classrooms did not have access to the internet that allowed students to learn about other cultures around the world.
Furthermore, in the 1900's teachers had greater authority in the classroom. For example, teachers could physically punish students with a variety of methods, such as spanking, or using a ruler to hit students' hands. Additionally, a teacher embarrassed a misbehaving student by making him wear a dunce hat in front of the class or make...


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