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NOW AND THEN When weve got this composition for homework I thought that this topic wasnt very interesting But I was wrong I phoned my grandparents in Bjelovar to ask them about the time when they were going to schoolAnd it revealed that that had been a really interesting time First of all I found out that children who lived in the town like my grandma were treated entirely differently than children who lived in the village like my grandpa All of them started to attend school at the age of 7 When they finished elementary school four years later they could choose go to high school or stay at home In most cases parents decided instead of their children If you lived in the village chances for you to continue your education were almost none Fortunately my grandfathers parents knew the value of knowledge so they enabled my grandpa to continue school In elementary school they learned how to read write and count At first they had a slate and a little chalky stone At the bottom of the slate was a little sponge or a piece of cloth They didnt have to make the cloth themselves Usually they bought it or their mother gave them one In the second term of the first grade they got a notebook with lines and they had to do the calligraphy in it Instead of a pencil they used a pen and ink Their desk and chair made one piece of furniture and there was a hole in the desk where they put a bottle with ink in it They didnt have any written tests during their school and they were examined just four times a year The teachers were really strict The punishments were terrible In elementary school boys had to lean over the first desk and get off their pants so the teacher could beat their ass They were usually switched or beaten with
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