In 1934, my husband’s grandfather purchased a pre-fab home from the Sears and Roebuck Company. At the time, his brother, sister-in-law and their children were living with him, his wife, and their five children. Grandma would eventually have two more children, so space was getting tight.
I get a kick out of it when educational reformers (aka politicians) rationalize their foolish public education policies by saying things like, “We are preparing kids for technology and jobs that don’t exist today,” and, “It is essential that we prepare our students to succeed in the 21st century,” as if they have stumbled upon some great revelation. They act as if today’s children and today’s schools face some magical challenge that they never faced before. That would, indeed, be a revelation if it was true. But, of course, it is not.