Friday, March 28, 2008

A Relic

I was substituting for a colleague today, in a classroom I am never in, when I noticed this sign hanging on the door. It's the red sign that is on the door (actually, it's backwards in the photo), but the sign reads "No Smoking." I can't even imagine a time when students would possibly be able to smoke in a classroom that would necessitate a sign banning smoking. Wow.

1 comment:

Michael Leddy said...

I remember my amazement when as a soon-to-be college student, I sat in on a class and saw people smoking. So this is college, thought I. When I started smoking, I would occasionally smoke in class, esp. classes with smoking professors. And when I began teaching, as a grad student, I smoked from the front of the room. Some of my students smoked too. Looking back, I find it unbelievable that no one complained.

Then I saw smoking gradually disappear: it went from classrooms to the hallways, then outside the building. Even then, some faculty smoked in their offices. Now everyone smokes outside.

(I I stopped smoking anywhere in 1989.)