I also had to get a character reference, so I called one of my first students who always said I was his favorite teacher. “Reuben, I’m going back to New Rochelle High School to teach for a day. You probably think I’m a little old to be doing this again.”
“You’re not too old, and you’ll do a great job in the classroom. I’d bet my first Social Security check on it — the one I got in the mail yesterday.”
I emailed one of the teachers I worked with in 1978. Paula, who is still teaching there, advised me things have changed a lot. “We introduce all the new technology. We use laptops, iPads, global positioning devices, smart boards and interactive learning touchscreens. Students are fascinated with anything new.”
“Great! They’ll love my floppy discs and overhead projector.”
I’m still not sure what I am going to teach, but I’d love to discuss what was going on back in the era of Watergate, Vietnam, Roe v. Wade, and Kent State. (I wonder if they teach ancient history.)
In the ’70s gas prices were soaring, veterans were returning from a war that many people thought was a mistake, the federal government bailed out Chrysler and there was unrest in Iran. Come to think of it, I know exactly what to talk about.
Dick Wolfsie is an on-air personality at WISH-TV Channel 8 and weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune.