The Good Old Days.

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Whenever you go over your grandparent's house, your bound to hear one of those stories about the 'Good Old Days'. Grandparents love to talk about how good life was in the 'Good Old Days'. But what was so good about the 'Good Old Days'? In this report you are about to find out.

I will be making a questionnaire including the subjects of food, education, clothing, recreational activities, discipline, housing and transport. I will be getting answers to this questionnaire from three different people, who grew up in the 'Good Old Days'. Each person will have grown up in a different time period. One each from the 1930-40's,1950-60's and 1970-80's. I will also be answering the questionnaire myself. From there I will collate, analyse and compare the information and using it test the hypothesis, 'Life was much better growing up in the 'Good Old Days' than it is today'. I will then state my opinion on the hypothesis based on the comparison of information I collected.

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I was born on November 17th 1989. I turned thirteen in 2002. The following information is based on the time period that I am growing up in.

The subjects taught at school were core, (such as English, Science, Social Studies, Maths, L.O.T.E and Religion) and also special option classes (such as Metalwork, Woodwork, Music, Drama, Media, Art, Computing and P.E). School hours were from 8:30-3:10, five days a week. On average we had about 25-30 kids in each class. The teachers at school are very good, although they all have a different style of teaching.

The family diet mainly consisted of cereal, porridge or toast for breakfast. For lunch there were sandwiches, fruit, biscuits, fruit bars and chips. For dinner it was mainly rice, stir-fry, pasta and meat. Breakfast was at 7:15, lunch at 1:30 and dinner was variable from 7:30-8:30.

There is no shortage of recreational activities to participate in. Whether competitive or just for fun all are widely available and aren't too expensive to be a part of. Daily exercise was definitely a part of our daily timetable as parents knew the benefits and importance of it. the subject was regularly encouraged on Television and other advertising as scientists are realising now, how important it really is.

Clothes are of mild importance, what you wear doesn't really matter that much (unless you're going out) but you have to look suitable. Casual is very popular, consisting of track pants or jeans, shorts, T-shirts and a jumper. Surf and skate brands are also very popular.

To enjoy yourself, you could turn on the television or the computer, maybe even tune in to your favourite radio station. If you're feeling active, you could go to the beach, ride your bike or go to the park. If you're trying to relax you could just read a book or play cards.

Things like movies and concerts are very popular for kids these days. Action films are extremely popular as well as comedy and family. The types of music that is popular is pop, rap, R&B, Top 40 etc. Most oldies have gone out of style as well as rock.

Parental discipline can only go too far, new associations stop parents from harming their children in any way or there are tough consequences. Most parents use a ban of the things that their children like. For example television and computer. Some parents even ground their kids from leaving the house for a certain time period. Teachers have even tighter boundaries, a referral or detention is usually what they will use. If the case is serious, they may issue a suspension or expel you.

Most houses these days have 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms and a reasonably large front or backyard. There are two rooms that are starting to gain importance, the kitchen and bathroom. Stylish furnishings are very popular as well as a pool and air-conditioning. My house is similar to this. It has a pool, a large backyard and an air-conditioning unit.

The main transport for children is the car. Their parents drive them most...
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