18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, April 11, 1913: I got a regular call down at school today. Made me rather mad to think I did such a thing as to deserve such a raking. Am busy making out an outline.
This is a recent view of the second floor of the building that once housed the McEwesnville School. A hundred years ago today, Grandma probably looked in anger out this window and wished she was not sitting in this classroom–
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Good grief—What did Grandma do now?
Behavior (or to use the old-fashioned term—deportment) still seemed to be an issue. Grandma was having a difficult last few weeks of school. She wrote several diary entries about her struggles with behavior, but provided few clues to exactly what she did.
Here’s a recap of Grandma’s diary entries over the past 16 days which address her behavior at school:
Teacher gave the school a lecture, but it was really meant for me. I don’t think what I did was so bad, but I guess I won’t do it again. I might catch it right there. . .
Don’t have my lessons out very well for tomorrow, but anyhow, I’m not going to get them out tonight.
Got my report card today. Had quite a fall in deportment. I must be really very bad . .
Of course, the class play was held on April 5, and Grandma was very busy with it—so maybe she had an excuse for not doing homework and other behavior issues.
Hmm. . . If a student today did the same things Grandma did, what would the teacher do? Have standards for student behavior changed over the past one hundred years?