To ensure jobs went to men with families during the Great Depression, four additional years of school were added to keep young men from entering the work force. Otherwise we would only be in school until 8th grade.
The end of summer brings with it both excitement and a twinge of sadness. The days of relaxing, fun and care-free end to make way for a new school year and a cold winter. For a month or even more before the first official day of school, stores are flooded with harried parents and wide-eyed kids needing to stock up on educational supplies. Folders, protractors and crayons fly into carts and summer tapers off to send youthful minds to be formed and stimulated.
To commemorate this flurry of activity, our Fun Fact Friday focuses on wild back-to-school facts that you probably never knew! Take a trip down memory lane and around the world as we explore school in all of it’s glory!
Conversation Ice Breaker Factoid: Unlike pens, pencils can be used in zero gravity, upside down and even underwater.