… I did not have to travel barefoot through 10 miles of snow, to a small schoolhouse with air heating. I began elementary school in the 1980s and we had a working automobile at that point and or school buses to get us to and from the school, where at that point in history was made up of many different classrooms in either one large building, or multiple buildings on plot of land (mine was the latter). I also grew up in Sacramento, where the last time it snowed significantly was in January 1888. That was 88 years before I was born. However, I did have to get my references for book reports through these things called encyclopedias, which were giant books that you had to physically lift and turn the pages of. I also had to find books at my library by looking through a card catalog. It was a simpler time I suppose. Archaic reading materials and deleterious weather aside the face of formalized education has changed over the years.
Technology has been the largest contributor for this change. The rapid advances made in computer technologies have made resources more accessible, and they have made education more accessible too. Online catalogs have provided access to entire library collections at the click of a button, and computers have made getting and education as easier as connected to the Internet. No more walking barefoot in the snow to get to school. School comes to you so all you need to do is walk barefoot to your computer. Of course not everyone as access to these resources, and yes there are still rural towns that have a single small schoolhouse that student do have to walk to. However, the advances being made in technology are continuing to advance and the digital divide is closing.
These advances have created a learning environment that that is markedly different from those of my former school days. There is not really a way to say this and not sound old, but kids these days have it so much easier. That actually might not be true though. While technology has advanced the curriculum has advanced as well to keep up with the ease of information access. The implementation of curriculum program like Common Core have created a new way of teaching todays students, showing them a new way to approach problem and obtain solutions in the ever-changing face paced digital environment.