Were you a good student in school, or did you struggle, or was it just too boringly easy for words?
In private school, did all my home work in the car before I even got home. When I was homeschooled, pretty lazy student. Community college, trying to figure out the system so I struggled a bit. At universities, good student. Had everything ready before class, spent hours studying each day, made good grades.
Elementary and middle schools didn't even study. Had a b+ average. High school was a different story. Still didn't study, graduated with a c+ average. College, had to drop out and go to work after first year. But, I improved my study skills and was doing really well.
In elementary school, I was an A student on the honor roll. In high college and college, I was a B student. However, in college, I almost made the Dean's List.
I was too busy in high school for the first 3 years to bother. I did as little as possible to get by. I wish I could go back and redo that time. I straightened up my senior year and got A's. The work was not hard at all but did require my time which during the first 3 years I was not willing to give.
College class have all be A's
Wow look at that! All "be" A's. Hard to believe. Meant to type "have all been A's."
Don't worry, it happens to all of us: brain-os (like type-os). :-)
So glad to hear your story had a happy ending with As across the boards, duffsmom! It certainly doesn't surprise me from your excellent writing. Way to turn things around! Cheers!
I was an OK student 1-9 but when I started high school it was when they came up with forced integration and bussing.
My grades were good but my school was more like a battle ground. For much of my junior & senior year I brought my guard dog to school with me much of the time.
I worked it out so that I only had a few classes on campus but to say that I hated high school is an understatement. I never attended any school activities and I've never been to any of the reunions, nor do I want to.
Too bad because my school was in a nice area and could have been a lot of fun, except for that whole Vietnam thing.
I can't imagine... It sounds similar to my mom going through racial integration in high school and college in Washington, D.C. She made friends, though, and kept one to this day. High school is bad for many people; you're not alone. Too much CHANGE.
I used to take my studies seriously. I was an achiever, honor student, always in the top ten. But then because of so many schoolworks and stress, I decided to stop for a while and then change course
It was too easy because it only required a memory system. A human tape recorder equals straight A's.
Sri T, that's the way I felt it was, too! Until college physics and calculus--I had to learn to study, never needing to before. I went through a lot of ink (I used a fountain pen, then) and pestered my parents with questions, but I loved it and them.
I was a moderate person. Not good in studies, but popular among the boys! There were some bad influence kids who wanted me to join their gang but i refused. I dont want to be blacklist.
I was an out-of-the-box thinker in junior high and high school.
The classes seemed mostly nonsense to me. When would I ever use this stuff?
The only classes of benefit would be typing and English.
45 years later, that viewpoint remains the same.
My dad was a university professor, and my sister graduated from college. At 14 years old, in 1967, I made a $10 bet with my sister that I would not attend. This year she came across my typed bet, and sent it to me with a ten dollar bill.
My high school English teacher, Robert Zach, had understanding. He said that for students like me it would be more beneficial to have classes held in a jet that would fly around the world. He arranged for me to interview Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and asked me to be editor of the high school literary magazine, Myriad. Scanned pages are part of the hub, 'Love in the Greater Reality.'
In junior high, I wrote a paper titled 'Man' & gave it to my earth science teacher with a request for confidentiality. In it, I expressed feelings about the way man treats animals as objects and possessions, and how he treats his fellow man. The teacher brought it to the school counselor, they brought in my parents, & I went to a psychologist! An outcome was that I spent the summer tenting alone in remote wilderness with my dog as a sort of 'learn to appreciate society' therapy.
In high school, there were moments of inspiration. Once a teacher gave the class a 'problem' & saw that I was using another approach to solve it. Another time I gave an impassioned speech in class, & the teacher, known for never giving above a B, gave me an A-. When he asked me in front of the class what grade I thought the speech deserved, my answer was, 'I did not give it for a grade.'
I did not go to school to be a good student. I was marking time until I would be on my own. In junior high, I made a calendar with the number of days until graduation, & marked off each day.
School systems would do well to look at education from new perspectives. I know this is being done to an extent. Our teenaged grandson told me he is hyped about a horticultural class offered for the new year. Schools also could look at classes which would help students develop self-worth, -awareness and -responsibility. There is enough scientific evidence of the effect on the body of raw emotions, which are stored or explode into violence. There are tools for growing into emotional independence. This & other 'should' be taught before math in my view.
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