Poll: What was your favorite class in High School?
It saddens me that history, geography, and social studies are lumped into one category.
c'est la vie.
Why? I lumped them by department, the departments at my high school. I also lumped physics, chemistry, bio, and Earth Science together for the same reason.
Oh, I didn't mean to criticize your groupings. Just that those are the standard groupings. History and geography are pretty different.
lawrence · 15 years, 9 months ago
They're not, really, though.
Think of all the wars that have been fought over where borders begin and end, and often, how various rivers, mountains, and other geographical features played critical roles in the way historical events played out.
I think it's not possible to learn history properly without learning geography. (Similarly, I think it's pretty damn useless to learn geography without learning history - sure, you can learn the borders and names and capitals, but it helps to have the background information about how they got that way)
That's a good point. Still, if you put it that way, any one of the other topics (save maybe cutting class) could be lumped with history. Where do you draw the line?
Of course, this is coming from a student of interdisciplinary studies, so my view could be a little biased. Anyway, I'm tired and I'm not sure if I'm making sense anymore. :-)
I'm with you on this.
I'd also say that cutting class could count, at least depending on what you were doing outside of class.
Then again, I might have been a student of interdisciplinary studies too, had I considered it ;-)
Pentecost Andrew! · 15 years, 9 months ago
In an episode of Dr. Katz, a comic (I forget who) said "Geography is just like History, but without the NAMES and DATES."
J. Andrew World · 15 years, 9 months ago
I got passes out of home room to work on my art. I geuss that is how I got to where I am today.
I voted for Science but Math was a close call. It had a lot to do with my teachers. Some years math was better others science was. Physics was my very favorite so I went with science.
I will cry if nobody picks math.
Tonight on a Law and Order rerun the victim was an art teacher. The detectives had this exchange.
"Who would kill and art teacher? She never hurt anyone."
"An algebra teacher I could understand."
Bender · 15 years, 9 months ago
I wish my school offered a theatre class that I could take.
For me, it was band. The marching band was my soul, but the drama club was my blood.
K-Lyn · 15 years, 9 months ago
So true. We didn't have a good drama program so in high school I was a band geek to the core. But at university I found my calling and now I'm a stage manager with a day job...sigh...40 hours per week to pay the mortgage and this weekend is tech weekend as well. Who needs sleep?
Ligeia Lester · 15 years, 9 months ago
man.. fruheads are geeks. not only do we really like science, but we really dont like gym.
what, did we all get beat up??
...or is it just me?
i put it off for as long as i could. i was always the fat kid that got picked last!!
i was real chubby in highschool. i was the fattest girl in class :( the caliper test even said so. we werent supposed to see the results but the teacher had me recording them for her :/
That was me! Even though there were years when I was sick when I was the thin kid that got picked last.
I had one moment of triumph that still makes me feel good to think about. As part of the Presidents Physical Fitness test we had to see how many baskets you could put in in 10 or 15 seconds. You'd start at the foul line then rebound your own shot and lay it right back up. I got in a perfect groove and did the best in the class. I put in 12.
I had somehow thought the President Physical Fitness thingy was a symptom of the late Regan/early Bush years. I didn't realize it had been around longer.
I guess I never studied my PhysEd history.
Heh, I also remember that the number one way to piss off a gym teacher was to either call it gym class, or call them the gym teacher. Of course, I
A voice in my head is telling me that Kennedy started it. I have boring voices.
I think it is one of those cold war things. We can't let American kids fall behind the Ruskies.
goovie is married! · 15 years, 9 months ago
yup, i'm pretty sure it was jfk, and for just that reason.
You'd know, you grew up in a house with a bust of JFK the size of Mount Rushmore in your house :-)
I hated the presidential fitness test so much. You know how guys do chin ups and girls hold themselves up on the bar? We had the option to do either so I'd start out trying to hold myself up but even at my peak I had wissy arms and would drop in the first couple seconds then fake like I was planning to do a pull up but I could never do one of those either.
I would skip gym after the first day of it until long after it was over.
I forgot about pull ups. I couldn't do any.
I forgot how many pushups I could do but it wasn't close to the required amount.
I did 76 sit-ups, my personal record. You needed 100 to pass. The next day I had such a bad cramp in my abs that I couldn't stand straight. I didn't go to school. I was actually mad about that because I worked in the English office and I was supposed to help the student teacher. She was incredibly beautiful and I had a huge crush on her. Well maybe a huge lust would be more accurate.
I couldn't do any pull-up's or hold my self up on the bar, I could jog a little over quarter of a mile (around the track just over once) without stopping, which wasn't good enough. Push ups I passed with only because I had my friend who was counting lie for me. Sit ups were the only thing that I was actually good at.
I actually didn't mind that kind of thing that much. I wasn't athletic and could accept that.
My gym problems usually had to do with team sports. The worst was softball because I was actually a pretty good hitter but because I was fat and was a year young than everyone else, and most importantly because I was me, I would get picked last then take verbal abuse during the game.
I hated volleyball. During Highschool I was skinny and looked like I should be all sporty so everyone assumed I'd be a good choice, I had a girl tell me "I can't believe I wasted my choice on you!" and then throught playing she'd yell for people to go near my area because I was going to make them loose. We lost anyhow.
For a while I or a friend of mine would walk past her thank her for "wasting her choice" on me. Then she got upset about it and we were asked to stop by the vice principal.
i was always terrible at math but i made it all the way through AP calc. with flying Cs.
all my advanced classes were like that. i think i'm the only one in the history of AP English to get a D first quarter. i didnt read a single summer reading book. :P mostly because Anna Karaneininnininina was all about blushing and wheat.
but i loved the company. it's where the other nerds were. <3 nerds.
A girl named Becca · 15 years, 9 months ago
Dude. I love Anna Karenina!
(Even though running sound board for a play adaptation almost gave me a heart attack every night of tech week.)
Andrea Krause · 15 years, 9 months ago
I had to go with English because I loved the creative writing part and words and language and stuff. (Heee. Such a model of great language I am.) Though the lit stuff wasn't really my cup of tea.
I almost chose science because I had a lot of fun there...especially Physics. Though I was great with Concepts (got them quickly while most of the class was all "durrrrrr") I fell apart when it came to Specifics, like using calculations and coming up with answers and numbers. I'm an abstract thinker, not analytical. :)
Bruce Rose · 15 years, 9 months ago
My high school offered photography, which was easily my favorite class. I also liked math and science.
First time through, I read 'Cutting' class instead of 'cutting class.' I was seriously questioning the curriculum.
meh · 15 years, 9 months ago
Music. Yes, I loved English, and I loved (or at least respected) my English Teachers - well I did by the time I graduated.
But my senior Year, I easily spent more time in the Music Wing than I did anywhere else. I was down there for Women's and Mixed Chorus, of course, and also for Music Appreciation. (I would've been in Theory too if it'd been possible, but the scheduleing didn't work out.)
Along with that, there was one study hall period a week that was automatically going to be spent down there, since sectionals were manditory.
But I went all that one better. I had... I don't remember if it was two or three Study Halls - whatever the maximum was they'd let you have on your schedule (by Senior Year, the only thing I really _needed_ to graduate was the manditory Government class credit. Although I did also need the AP English class for my Honours Diploma). And the Choir Director - a lovely woman who's retiring this year, and who's surprise retirement party I'll be going to in two weeks - agreed to write me a permanant pass to the Music Wing during all my study halls.
(That almost got me in trouble once, because there was a substitute watching the Study Hall, and she didn't realize a few of us had permanant passes to other parts of the building.)
I did all my studyhall studying/homework on the table in the smaller of the Choir Rooms (or sometimes in a practice room). And by second semester, she had me running one or two of the sectionals a week. I also took care of most of the messenger-ish errands over to the Board Office. The HS main Office got so used to me running her errands for her that they stopped making me sign out when I left during the day. I just had to stick my head in when I got back in the building.
There's quite a few people at my HS who were very surprised to find out I wasn't planning on being a Music Major in college. (Of course, that's just as well. College and I didn't really get along too well.)
Er... and that was, like, way more information than the poll wanted, wasn't it?
I went with Art, because by my senior year of high school, half of my day was spent in art classes.
English is a close second, although my high school was really cool in that they combined English and history (and drama and architecture) into a team-taught Humanities course. I loved science classes if the teacher taught above what I could, and did, just watch on Nova.
I love the concepts of math, I just have a hard time solving problems. I like the why, just not the how of it.
Sadly, I cut class all of once, and that was on the semi-official senior cut day. (A few of us got breakfast and played D&D. We were cool)
I liked my German classes in middle school, but I hated my high school German teacher.
I put off gym as long as I could. I still don't see why it was required.
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