In this clip Mr. Mason is asked to describe about sports and what kind of sports as well as any kind of championships that were won. He talks about the sports he played. Mr. Mason played basketball and baseball. Though he wanted to play football he was unable to because of some back problems he had. When it came to championships recalls the football team winning a championship, but the sports he participated in did not win any championships during the time he participated. Mr. Mason was then asked to to talk about if there were any extracurricular activities and clubs that were offered at Lincoln. However vaguely responds by saying, “Did they… we had a full run of things…”, but he cannot remember what kind of clubs or other extracurricular activities there were because he was busy playing sports like baseball and basketball that took up his after school time. Mr. Mason was then asked about other sports and whether women participated in any, he talks about how there were no women’s sports or swimming. He was surprised to find out when he moved to San Francisco that there were no women’s sports because when Mr. Mason was still living in Iowa recalls there being women’s sports like basketball and softball. When asked why it was different between where he was from in Iowa and San Francisco, he states that the culture was different back in that time, he also claimed that there was little to do back in Iowa. Mr. Mason then describes what the boys and girls did during free time when possible he states, “… We get in a bus we would go into neighbouring little towns and we would all play each other and so it was an equal opportunity for the you know for the girls and it was great”. He still reflects on how surprised he was when he found out that there were no women’s sports at the time in the 40s at Lincoln High school.
(Lincoln Sport Team)
(Abraham Lincoln High School’s PE Class)
Analysis: Change in Society
In this clip, Mr. William Mason is asked to describe and compare the changes in society from the days he was growing up to the society today in the present. He talks about both positive and negative changes in his opinion. Some of the positive changes he talks about are mostly changes that have improved and benefited society, most of the positive changes he describes refers to the improvement of the standard of living and quality of life, he describes how most people have cars, bathtubs and of course electricity, most of which he did not have when he was growing up. He sums up these changes reflecting his childhood and today like “day and night”. Though has seen a lot of the great positive changes in the quality of life for so many, Mr. Mason has also notice other changes at that same period of time. Some of the changes would be the lost of “humanity” in which where there has been a lost of family connectivity. Some of the examples he talks about is how family doesn’t even eat dinner together or how children don’t have any kind of responsibilities at their own house, but Mr. Mason then mentions the biggest change that often at times is ignored, that would be school, but it is what is offered at school and how it has become ever increasingly academic. He mentions that schools have become so academic and that children are no longer given the opportunity to take classes that build up skills or anything that is “useful to them in life”. He reflects and tells how Lincoln High School used to have more than just academics, but hands on blue collar like classes, like industrial arts programs, woodshop, electrical, auto shops, machine shop, home economics etc, he often states that “these are all employable skills”, Mr. Mason then states how today students who graduate, some with no employable hands on skills, and that if some students had taken these classes if offered, some students can get a job immediately after their graduation. Mr. Mason then talks about how there is a significant amount of youth unemployment today because of those students that are unemployed, he claims “they can’t do anything and eventually you got to do something” referring to the lack of skills and how eventually those unemployed will need to do something with their lives. When referring back to academics he claims that due to required courses that must be taken and the lack of time, most students aren’t able to take more than one elective course. He then mentions how most colleges just like most high schools today don’t offer skills classes, and how community colleges are a “saving grace for this society as far as educating people for skills and jobs” one example of he talks briefly about is CCSF and how it is a great school and a great place to get the employable skills. Mr. Mason talks about how most people think that students have to go to college, but believes that not every students has to go to college. He talks about how today’s youth aren’t given every opportunity there is. He regrets these particular changes that have occurred and does not believe that these changes will benefit young people today. He isn’t satisfied how certain students don’t get the opportunities that Mr. Mason or young people in his generation got. These are some of the negative changes in society that he describes about, he wishes that it didn’t occur but have became a reality and an unfortunate one.