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  • Considered a great time to be alive, boost in economy, and end of World War 2. GNP of America rose steeply.
  • Very different from today, many more values of respect. Was taught even through television programs.
  • Due to development and the ‘baby boom’ at the time, education was seen as an importance in the American society. The rights to child education was introduced and improvements were made. A further diversity of subjects were added to the school curriculum. Before, schools only taught reading, writing and mathematics. After the changes, history, science and various other subjects were included. The NSF (National Science Foundation) promoted science and research, allowing this to happen. During the 1950’s the feared nuclear arms race meant that the US had to prepare if a fallout indeed arrived. Fallout shelters were constructed, hoping to withstand the chaos that may be hurled at them. In schools, students were educated on fallout survival and what to do in its occurrence. Interestingly, their ‘drill’ was merely to hide under their desks, which were meant to shelter them from the city-wide destruction the atomic bombs cause. If they do survive the impact, the deadly aftereffects of radiation poisoning would kill them anyways. Obviously this is not meant to actually protect them, but may actually just be for reassurance. In Universities, the growth of education mean increased school fees. There was an average of 400% college tuition increase from what it was years before. This occurred in other schools as well. Within many schools (especially public schools), there were a enormous division between the African-Americans and the white Americans. They would essentially be separated into two different schools, with different qualities of education. Eventually during the 1950’s, civil rights laws took a stand to give the African-American children equal shares of education.

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  • 1. What was it like to Grow Up in the 1950s? Holly Szczypka Alex Wang Kevin Lin
  • 2. Background
    • Revolutionary Times
    • Cold War
    • USA vs USSR (Capitalism vs Communism)
    • President Truman
    • Household Products
    • Teenage Rebellion
  • 3. Family Values
    • ‘Children are to be seen and not heard’
    • Morals fixed into daily life
    • Always obeyed parents
    • ‘Happy Family’
  • 4. Education
    • Values importance of education
    • Further diversity of subjects
    • Fallout tests
    • Rights to child education
    • Science promoted by NSF
    • 400% average college tuition fees
    • Sex education taught minimally
    • Division between African-Americans and ‘white community’
  • 5. Activities
    • THE RISE OF TELEVISION- Television was recorded live, so many things often went wrong!
    • Children’s Clubs/Activities and games included; Club Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Baseball. (Little League)
    • DIY kits were popular, from paint by number, model cars and paper dolls .
    • Games included monopoly, Checkers, Cards, Hula Hoops and Pogo Sticks.
  • 6.  
  • 7.
    • “That basement was way cool after Mom and Dad finished it. We had the TV down there (only one TV in those days), though none of us ever watched it all that much. All our toys. A rotating between a ping pong table and a pool table. Needless to say, nobody spent much time in the "living room" upstairs. (Though I don't think the shuffleboard ever was that popular.)”
  • 8.
    • Projects were popular too, And many outdoor actives, such as camping, picnics or just getting to the park, were enjoyed.
  • 9. Bibliography/Sources
    • Primary: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leonandloisphotos/sets/72157602266619194/ http://home.att.net/~boomers.fifties.pinups/1950_teen.html Secondary: http://home.att.net/~boomers.fifties.teenmag/1950_history.html
    • http://www.enotes.com/1950-education-american-decades/important-events-education http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu/decade50.html