One change that I remember well, happened during third grade. Most of our "turn in" work was done in pencil or maybe it was "math" only. All other writing had to be in ink. I'm talking about Quill Pens dipped into that ink well at the top right corner of each students desk. Most people are right handed, so that works best for them, except I'm a lefty. I reach across the desk to dip my quill into the ink well and bring it back across to write. First of all, why does it have to drip ink before I even get the pen to my paper? So then you lightly put the quill down and write and immediately there's a puddle there. After that, the pen settles down and you get to write a line. Opps, another problem, when a lefty writes, he moves his hand from left to right. "Right", your hand smears the ink across the paper. Some kids, even righties, learn to curl their wrist to keep thier hand away from the fresh ink. I complained about my ink problems to my parents. We went down to the drug store and they got me a fountain pen. These were the kind that could be refilled from the ink well because they had a lever pump on the side. This was a vast improvement as they metered the ink out evenly and you get less ink blots. Some of the kids were already using fountain pens, I was just a little slow about asking for one and my parents didn't offer. They knew better, boys tend to be a little rough with stuff and they were right. It wasn't long and the little lever on the side, yes it broke. You would never tell a parent that you broke it so soon, you'd get yelled at for not taking care of your property. Boys are loaded with resourcefulness when it comes to these problems. You get out your pocket knife to carefully hook what's left of the broken lever and presto, the pen can be loaded with more ink. Now a days, the world is against boys as you can't bring a knife to school. (More on that later). Then one day, guess what?
A couple kids came to class with a new writing instrument, what they called a "Ball Point Pen". That was back in 1952. Do you remember that?