14 things you experienced in grade school that your children will never understand

14 things you experienced in grade school that your children will never understand


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The modern era may have introduced all kinds of [technological advances to our children's classrooms](http://www.ksl.com/ad_logger/ad_logger.php?location=http://www.utahonline.org&sponsor=UtahOnlineMay12) (even the whiteboards and projector screens are "smart" these days), but there are some things our kids will never be fortunate enough to experience. Such as . . .

1. Buying candy (and other unhealthy foods) from vending machines. Today schools are all about the healthy snacks. Let’s be real, the closest thing to a vegetable we enjoyed were “Funyuns.”

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2. Trying to erase ink with that double-sided eraser purported to work on pen and pencil markings.

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3. Learning and being forced to use cursive writing and later wondering how the teacher ever deciphered that scrawl.

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4. Using actual encyclopedias to write research papers.

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5. Playing MASH at lunch and being seriously concerned you'll someday end up living in a shack with 11 children.

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6. Comparing the cuteness factor of your Lisa Frank folders.

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7. Getting unreasonably excited at the prospect of eating a little plastic bowl of ice cream with the wooden spoons that sometimes gave you tongue slivers.

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8. Bickering over who got to use the purple computer (back then, Apple products were a lot more colorful).

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9. Getting mesmerized by either the maze or whizzing through space screensaver while you waited for the teacher to give instructions.

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10. Arguing over who got to check out the newest "Goosebumps" book from the library first.

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11. Feeding your Tamogotchi (or Gigapet or Nanopet) inside your desk when the teacher wasn't looking.

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12. Getting an art education by watching Bob Ross paint trees and mountains.

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13. Popularity depending primarily on your number of pogs.

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14. And, of course, rushing home to watch "Arthur" after school (where you first learned about the Dewey Decimal System).

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While many things have changed since you were in grade school, you can still find new ways to connect with your child through his or her education. Utah Online School allows and encourages parents to play an active role in every step of their child's learning process, minus the danger of getting tongue slivers.

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