Remembering Preston High School

At seventy years old It takes very little for me to just sit back and remember my childhood and growing up in a world that seems to not exist any more. It is just a fading memory. As I road down the main street of Preston this past week I remembered the old Preston High School where I went for the first ten years of my school life. The school has been gone now for a while but the memories are still there. It was a important time in my life.

We walked the halls with not a care in the world because we knew that we were perfectly safe even though there was no police offers in the hall ways, no drugs being sold or used. Everything was always orderly in the hallways and even in the class room. Every student there from first grade to the twelfth grade knew what was expected of them and what would happen if that line was crossed. From the principal to the teachers punishment was handed out if wrong was done. But still most of us loved those teachers. The students went to school and their parents did not have to worry what might happen in the hallways or school grounds. Mr. Hall was the principal and he was a good principle.

We had recess, field days, May Days, and many other events. What we did not have was police officers paroling the halls, the events we had, or anything else. There was no drugs in our school, no fighting, no fire arms inside the school. The biggest thing we had in our school was a fire drill.  Might have been a shot gun or 22 rifle out in someones car where someone had been hunting, but it was never a problem. It could have been a teacher or student’s fire arm. The almost ten years I went to Preston school there was never a problem like we have in today’s schools. There was never a sign near the school that said the school was a drug free zone because there was no need for it. The biggest crime for a school kid back then was smoking in the bath room or chewing gum in class.

Before our school day started we had Bible reading and the Lord’s prayer. Each day a different student would pick the Bible up which was on the teachers desk and pick a passage to read and when the student was finished the Bible was placed back on the Teachers desk. Then came the pledge allegiance to the flag and the announcements over the intercom system. Then our day started.My favorite class was History and Mrs. Butler was an excellent teacher. I can also remember some of the other teachers who were good in what they taught. Mr Phillips, Mr. Humphreys, Ms Elzey, Ms Bonner, Ms Lednum, Ms Nuttle. Ms Wright, Ms Worm, and Ms Hynson and others.

During the school year most of the students always look forward to Christmas and the activities connected to it from decorating the halls with holly and cedar. We looked forward to the Christmas trees and the manger scene which was in front of the school. The manger was made in the school shop and the straw was brought in by the farm boys. We sang Christmas carols in the auditorium including songs about our dear Savior. It was a time of joy for all of us including the teachers and the other school personal. One Christmas song I will always remember singing along with the whole school was “Silent Night”

It was not long after the move to our new school that I realized how I missed that old school and the comradeship that was felt between everybody including students, teachers, and other school personal. We were in a different world. A world I did not like and it seems it is here to stay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Country Tis Of Thee

If you are old as I am you will remember singing this song in school and other events.“My country, ‘TIS of thee, Sweet land of liberty.” You felt safe, most of the country’s leaders were men of honor. They said what they meant and meant what they said. Our parent sent us to school knowing that we would be instructed right and we would all grow up to take our places in society. Where has it gone? What has happened to our school system in this country? What our children are taught and exposed to in school in these days, more often than not, becomes the philosophy of tomorrow’s government. And right now most of our school systems are not looking all that good.

When I went to school we had prayer, Bible reading, Pledge allegiance to the flag, and you would always see a Bible on most teacher’s desk. The biggest “no no” that happen in school was chewing gum, disrespect to the teachers, and smoking in the bathroom. That was soon taken care of with a trip to the principal’s office and an uncomforting warming of the butt. And if that did not bring you in line then you just did not go to school. The kids were safe in school and their parents could go through the day with no worries about their children being safe and being taught right. My how “My Country, TIS of Thee” has changed since I went to school.

Here are some of the “benefits” that the “It’s for the children” concept, by this government, has given to our schools: surveillance cameras, strip searches, metal detectors, food police, lock downs, cultural sensitivity and diversity training. And let’s not overlook their most incomprehensible and egregious benefit thus far: the“presumption of guilt” and zero tolerance policies, that criminalizes innocent childish behavior, Which will likely haunt the innocent for the rest of their days. In short, schools, even “preschool,” have become “factories” that are teaching and conditioning the young to be obedient subjects in a totalitarian society. To put it even more bluntly, the school systems in this country have become a tool for the ungodly government that rule ( yes I said rule because they throw governing out the back door) our country. While teaching our children they are implanting in their heads liberal, ungodly, and non American ideas that will destroy America as we know it. We will be defeated from within.

None of this bodes well for my beloved country’s future. Sixty seven years ago God gave me three gifts: life; a future; and, the ability to know what was right and what was wrong. I said that to say this, It scares me to see how our young children are brainwashed in the public school system in todays world. No wonder so many people are now home schooling their children. The most notable thing here is most of these home school kids are doing so much better learning and are so far ahead of their counterparts in the public school system. I have four grandchildren who are home schooled and are doing just as good if not better with their learning than the kids in public school. Along with that, their parents as well as I do not have to worry about their safety or what they are putting in their heads that is not according to our beliefs or the way America was founded.

Just as the Hebrew children were taught every day, in Bible days, about how a Great God delivered them from bondage, our children must be taught the values that have made America great and a world leader. Values such as, this nation was founded on the principals found in God’s Word (The Bible), being conservative, having good work ethics, and most important looking to God as our Great Provider and not the government.