Century-old chalkboards found during renovations are a blast from the past. Things are different.

A recent renovation of Emerson High School in Oklahoma (literally) uncovered something quite unexpected.

Workers found almost 100-year-old chalkboards that had been covered up by the more current whiteboards. But these chalkboards hadn't been erased, and complete drawings and lessons were intact.




Check out a few more treasures the renovations unearthed for a little then-and-now comparison.

100 years ago, classrooms were quite basic. There were blackboards and desks — and not much more.

Not from the renovations! Image by Thinkstock.

Today, it's not unusual to see students working on iPads and computers. While the technology in classrooms varies greatly across the U.S. based on school location and budget, kids are certainly using electronics more frequently and blackboards far less.

Image by Brad Flickinger/Flickr.

The lessons in the early 1900s were a bit different than the lessons in the early 2000s.

You'll also notice that this teacher wrote her chalkboard lesson on the Pilgrims in cursive. Today, many school curricula don't even include cursive — and there's a debate over whether they should.

Back then, students were learning about how the Pilgrims stopped over in Holland before making the trip to America, a part of the journey often glossed over in schools today.

Today, most of what we remember about the Pilgrims involves those belt-buckle hats.

Happy, adorable pilgrim child! Image by Thinkstock.

To be fair, we've had almost 100 years of history happen since these chalkboards were last touched.

Teachers have a lot more to cover, meaning stories are occasionally simplified so that teachers can get to newer, cooler stories like animals that have traveled to outer space (a mere pipe dream back in 1917).

No cursive here. Image by Laurie Sullivan/Flickr.

Music class in 1917 looks like it was very much theory-based, although we have no way of knowing what kinds of instruments these students had available in their classes.

Unfortunately, extracurriculars like music are a thing of the past for some of today's students because of budget cuts. But for those who still enjoy music classes, they involve fewer chalkboards and more hands-on experiences.

Image by Thinkstock.

The detail on this chalkboard drawing, which may have served as classroom decoration, was pretty intense — and amazing.

Now we have printers for that sort of thing.

Puns! Cute! Image by Enokson/Flickr.

Although sometimes, the more things change...

1917:



...the more they stay the same.

2015

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A video of a busker in Dublin, Ireland singing "You've Got a Friend in Me" to a young boy with autism is going viral because it's just so darn adorable. The video was filmed over a year ago by Terence Power, the co-host of the popular "Talking Bollox Podcast."

It was filmed before face masks were required, so you can see the boy's beautiful reaction to the song.

Power uploaded it to TikTok because he had just joined the platform and had no idea the number of lives it would touch. "The support on it is unbelievable. I posted it on my Instagram a while back and on Facebook and the support then was amazing," he told Dublin Live.

"But I recently made TikTok and said I'd share it on that and I'm so glad I did now!" he continued.

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We're redefining what normal means in these uncertain times, and although this is different for all of us, love continues to transform us for the better.

Love is what united Marie-Claire and David Archbold, who met while taking a photography class. "We went into the darkroom to see what developed," they joke—and after a decade of marriage, they know firsthand the deep commitment and connection romantic love requires.

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However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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A teacher's message has gone viral after he let his student sleep in class — for the kindest reason.

Teachers spend time preparing lesson plans and trying to engage students in learning. The least a kid can do is stay awake in class, right?

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The display was planned by a group of around 40 LGBT students to mark the one-year anniversary of the university sending out a letter clarifying its stance on homosexual behavior.

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