I think that probably not Just Groveton, but from the things that I've read in the NEA journal, throughout the U. S. and probably in other countries, that the students have adopted a freer attitude with the faculty. Things that were frowned on in the past are common place. You’re always going to find a small percentage, say 5%, of any school who are going to cause problems in one way or the other.
Ten years ago there used to be gangs in this school. I better define gangs. These were groups of students who went around together, and I guess you'd say, stuck up for each other. If one of them had a problem, the all joined together on the problem. They really would take it out on someone, not necessarily so much in school as outside of school. The first two or three years I was here there were lots and lots of fights in the hall. Most were solved pretty quickly.
I think that probably most kids watch too much TV, they seem to have no other pastime. You know, go to the refrigerator during the commercial and get back to the television rather than to get involved in other things. It starts when they're very, very young.
I think someplace along the line we have missed the boat --when I say' I'm talking about teachers in general. I firmly believe that starting in elementary school, homework should be introduced as a daily affair and then have the quantity of homework increase until finally in high school you're doing say an hour or an hour and a half. The freshmen I have have a preconceived idea here that homework is something you just don't do. Nobody really expects you to do it and so it's not unusual to find a number of people who haven't even opened a book. I think most of the teachers who have 9th grade this year will agree with what I'm saying because I've talked to them.
The name Charrette came after Doctor Watts was made Superintendent of Schools. We had meetings for the new Groveton many years prior to his appointment. Charrette was just a new term for the same old thing.
I definitely think we straightened out differences because, you know, everyone had input into this. I think we were very fortunate because we had many people who had expertise on different subjects. We had people that lived in the community who were architects who helped and, you know, Just all types of people. You had a real cross section. It (the Charrette) was a very dedicated group. I just can't believe people spending so much time for so many years.