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01 October 2008

Was this a Catholic School thing...


Or just a "HEY! You're old" thing...

I remember being in grade school. When we would encounter an adult in the hallway the whole line would announce in complete choral voice "Good Morning Sister Marie" or whatever the teacher's name was. In the classroom, if an adult entered the room everyone was completely silent, stood up and the same magical thing happened... "Good Morning, Father Cramer". And then Father Cramer would say "Good Morning, class - please sit down."

Did this happen only in catholic schools? Does it still happen? If so - is the possible reason that we didn't have a lot of people wandering around? Also - I was remembering that I don't have a lot of experience with substitute teachers - if we had a sick teacher, another sister would come and take care of the class for that day.

Back to my question... this idea of addressing adults in this way... was/is this solely a catholic school thing or is it a hey - that was more than 30 years ago thing...

Anyone??

8 comments:

Frog said...

I can't help you here as I was in a Catholic school 30 years ago!

Daisy said...

Hmmm - someone else then... Mom, I am sort of looking at you for some behind the scenes faculty perspective as well...

Sandi said...

I only went to Catholic school for a short time and mainly remember wondering if nuns were bald (they wore the severe habits back then), and listening to Mother Superior snoring in the back of the church during Good Friday services.

Marvin the Martian said...

I only went to Catholic school for first grade. I was sick a lot of the time, because I couldn't acclimate to this environment. I missed most of kindergarten and first grade. My parents took me out of the Catholic school after one year because they were doing strange things with the curriculum, things I didn't understand and don't remember. But I do remember a relative sense of order. Not necessarily "Good Morning Mrs. ___" but it WAS orderly.

iFred said...

Being in the south, almost devoid of Catholic schools, I never attended one. However, I did have a very close call at one time.

Had we stayed in Augusta, GA, I would have two choices of high schools; neither of which appealed to me. It was either Boy's Catholic High School or Richmond Military Academy.

High schools in Georgia weren't co-ed in those days. Bummer! (Girls went to Tubman High School)

Fortunately we moved out of Georgia before I was in high school and I was able to attend a more "normal" co-ed high school.

With no girls in class, I would've had to study and learn something. YUCK!

Evelyn said...

I seem to remember something like that in elementary school....... but not in middle school. AACCKKKK - that WAS more than thirty years ago!!!!!!!! LOL

I DO think that our children would learn alot more if respect for teachers was rediscovered!

BTW, my school wasn't Catholic. :~)

Good to see you posting again!

iFred said...

I see you're a youngster, Evelyn. LOL. We had our 50th class reunion in 2004, and will have our 55th next year.

We're trying to talk my wife's uncle into attending one of the "Old AHS Reunions." He graduated in 1934.

ugich konitari said...

We have both Catholic schools and those run by Protestants here in Mumbai, India. I went to both at various times in my life in the early 60's, and let me tell you, this stuff about class standing up and wishing 'sisters/fathers/teachers, and kind of being respectful and wishing them in corridors and stuff is still so, in most such schools in India. .....