This is definitely one of the coolest school-related stories you’re ever going to hear, and it has nothing to do with teachers being awesome. Emerson High School in Oklahoma City made an amazing discovery last week while contractors were in the midst of renovations. When the workmen removed portions of the wall, they discovered that behind them sat several 100-year-old chalkboards, dating back to 1917. Even cooler was the fact that the chalkboards were completely untouched, leaving behind a series of drawings, lessons, and even a handwritten multiplication table. Amusingly, the handwriting of students from nearly 100 years ago might be of *slightly* higher quality than students today. “The penmanship blows me away, because you don’t see a lot of that anymore,” Emerson High School Principal Sherry Kishore said in an interview. “Some of the handwriting in some of these rooms is beautiful.” The school is now working with the city to figure out how to preserve these amazing chalkboards, but you can see them all for yourself below.
You find a lesson on pilgrims in every classroom. There was #aligned curriculum in #1917. pic.twitter.com/MurjKd8n6i — OKC Public Schools (@OKCPS) June 5, 2015
Stuck in time. Drawings from 1917 uncovered during MAPS renovations at #Emerson pic.twitter.com/QDd2IlL3Sx — OKC Public Schools (@OKCPS) June 5, 2015