Sue Magruder takes a look back at the changes that have happened since she was teaching in Missouri in the the 1950s. Her first post was working with students from different local rural communities who came to school in one place:
I learned more than I taught. I learned how to approach parents whose language I did not understand to seek permission for their daughter to take part in a National Folk Festival. I learned how to deal with foster parents who cared little for the children in their charge. I learned when it was appropriate to call the state patrol when violence erupted with an older, unstable student. I learned how to Bunny Hop down the hall with other teachers to relieve tension.
Later on in the post she takes a look at educational philosophy and the emphasis on test scores, wondering about their value in education of a child.