My grandson Ryder started school grade 7  this year; I started that grade in 1959 and as I reminisce about my own experiences at that
age, way back in 1959, I can’t help but marvel at how much the world has
transformed. Yet, amidst all the changes, there are certain aspects that have
remained remarkably constant.

 In 1959, the world was a vastly different place.
Technological advancements were just starting to take shape, and the notion of
a digital age seemed like a distant dream. Computers were massive, room-filling
machines with limited capabilities, far from the sleek and powerful devices we
carry in our pockets today. Communication was predominantly carried out through
snail mail and landline telephones, making long-distance conversations a

Transportation has undergone a remarkable evolution
as well. Back in my day, cars were large and flashy, emphasizing style over
fuel efficiency. Seatbelts were a novelty, and airbags were yet to become a
standard safety feature. Public transportation, though available, was not as
extensively developed and relied heavily on buses and trains. Flying, too, was
a luxury reserved for the privileged few.

 Society itself has gone through significant
transformations. In 1959, social norms and expectations were quite different.
Gender roles were more rigidly defined, and opportunities for women and
minorities were limited compared to today. Prejudices and discrimination were
more overt, and the fight for civil rights and equality was still in its early

However, amidst all these changes, some fundamental
aspects of human nature have remained constant. The bonds of family,
friendship, and community continue to hold immense importance. The value of
hard work, perseverance, and education has stood the test of time. And the
power of human connection and empathy remains as vital as ever.

 As I witness my grandson navigating the challenges
of the modern world, I am reminded of the timeless wisdom and values that have
guided us through generations. While the external trappings of life have
undergone drastic alterations, the essence of what it means to be human remains

 So, as my grandson embarks on his own journey,
armed with new technologies, opportunities, and perspectives, I take solace in
the fact that some things endure. The world may have transformed, but the human
spirit and the values that shape us continue to bridge the gap between
generations, reminding us of our shared humanity.


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I served as a teacher, a teacher on Call, a Department Head, a District Curriculum, Specialist, a Program Coordinator, and a Provincial Curriculum Coordinator over a forty year career. In addition, I was the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a professor both online and in person at the University of Phoenix (Canada) from 2000-2010.

I also worked with Special Needs students. I gave workshops on curriculum development and staff training before I fully retired

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