Clay Burrell has started an open thread on what we learned in high school and since we were in school at about the same time [Grad ’77], I’m following the thread.
English: I remember the opening lines of Julius Caesar …
Hence! home, you idle creatures get you home:
Is this a holiday? what! know you not,
Being mechanical, you ought not walk
Upon a labouring day without the sign
Of your profession? Speak, what trade art thou?
… but I was more interested in reading science fiction, such as Asimov, Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clark.
Math: Even though I took all the Math courses that were available I remember very little.
Science: I took Chemistry and remember very little but I do know that Force = Mass times Acceleration, from Physics.
I didn’t take Art, which was a big mistake that I still regret. My five years of French did not prepare me for university, scoring straight zeros on the public service French test when I arrived at military college.Â I also did not have a clue on how to study effectively, as high school was a breeze for me, so I came very close to failing my first year of university.
The best thing about high school was that I had time for extra-curricular activities such as student council, Reach for the Top;Â cadets; cross-country running and track. Those activities I remember quite well and I learned a lot from my coach and others outside the school.
I guess that my high school experience was similar to The 5 Minute University.