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The Baldwin School: Yesterday and Today

The Baldwin School, Yesterday and Today

Interviews

Julius Clark
Clip 3—Teaching all Grades

LL: How did she teach all of the grades? Were there--

JC: Very methodically. She would sit behind her desk and she would say, “First graders, go check and look over your spelling. I’m going to be calling you in a few minutes. Fifth graders--.” She had the knack to know where every student were in that class.
And we’d sit there and try to trick her, and you couldn’t trick her. She knew if you were wrong. And when you’d think she was asleep, she wasn’t asleep. And that’s where the old saying, “Every closed eye is not asleep.”
So we would do things just to see if she was asleep. And she would play the possum with us, to wait to see which one would act up. And as soon as you act up, her eyes would come up and the switch would come down.
I was going to accent on that switch thing, folks, because that’s really where we’ve made our mistake. We’ve gotten away from discipline.