Pupil’s everyday life and how it changed

by Hanna ERNSTBRUNNER (1995), BORG Krems/Austria

Do you like going to school and being educated? The way how many young people enjoy being educated has changed a lot since the past hundred years.

In former times, when my grandparents went to school, the whole system was different. It was very strict. If students had not done their home work, came late or disturbed a lesson, they sometimes had to stand during the rest of the lesson, got blamed by the teacher or even got hit on their fingers with a thin rod so they could remember how important school is.

Despite these forms of corporal punishment they enjoyed it, because they knew it was not the most natural thing in the world to have the chance to go to school, learn complicated mathematic formulas or a foreign language. What is more, a great number of pupils had to do a good bit of walking until they reached school because school busses did not exist. And when I am talking about a good bit, I mean about 5 kilometers like my mother walked everyday of her school life. In spite of all this hindrances and trouble they liked their schools. 

Nowadays kids and teenagers often complain about school, how much work it is and that every single teacher is unfair and mean. On the one hand, they do not assess the value of education. Of course, it has to be taken into account that the system has changed and it may have got harder and there might be more work but it is still feasible. One problem is that teenagers today have more unnecessary things in their brain. For most of them the only problem is to decide which party they should go to the following weekend. (Of course, this isn’t true for every student).
On the other hand, pupils also show great determination and enthusiasm as soon as they have found what they really want to do with their lives. From my point of view, our school is a good example. You can choose different branches, in my case it is the arts-branch.  In every arts-period the students participation is high, the lessons are full of joy and everybody tries his/her best to make the classes pleasantly.

To sum up, I believe our generation should be happy to have the possibility to learn stuff which interests us and stop complaining all day long.

Ps.: first row on the very left: My Dad


One Response to “Pupil’s everyday life and how it changed”

  1. I read your article about „Pupil’s everyday life and how it changed“ and I definitely agree with your statement that nowadays pupils aren’t aware any more how lucky they are to be able to go to school.
    We complain about our homework, the study we have to do and how unfair the teachers treat us, but we never think about what it would be like if we were not able to go to school. We wouldn’t have the chance to go to university and to get a good, well-paid job. Our whole life would be different, if we had no education. So we should think about our „school problems“ and we should really appreciate the chance to go to school, which is not given to everyone in this world.