aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

My goodness, has it been that long?

This spring is the 50th anniversary of my high school graduation. (It’s also the 30th anniversary of my Ph.D. commencement.)

The three most useful courses I took in high school (other than Driver’s Ed) were Typing, Journalism, and Latin.

The three most enjoyable courses I took in high school were Latin, World History, and Chemistry.

Three courses I always wanted to take, but never did (at any level): Old English, Geography, Economics. I am self-taught in all these subjects. (Actually, I avoided taking a course in Economics like the plague; all the Economics I knew until I started reading Thomas Sowell a few years ago I learned from Scrooge McDuck.)

Best education advice I ever received: my mother told me, “Never let college interfere with your education.”

My opinion of public school when I was a high school senior was that it suffered from a serious lack of competition; nobody had any incentive to do it any better than it was being done. I have not changed this opinion; if anything, I have become more emphatic about it.

What I wanted to be when I was in Sixth Grade: a cartoonist. What I started out in college to be: a lawyer. What I wound up being: an ordained minister.

Three things I always wanted to do, but nobody ever asked me to: to sing the National Anthem at a sporting event, to give a commencement address, and to teach a course in Bible as Literature.

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