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post #37 of 46

I don't think I had a "class" that really stuck with me in the ways most have mentioned.  I am a history buff so I really enjoyed any history classes but I can't think of any single class that particularly sticks out.  My confidence, or persona so to speak has mostly been shaped by my military experiences or schools I have attended.  The most dramatic change for me took shape in the military and helped me realize I was no longer a child but an adult and that it was time to start acting that way. 

 

I suppose I should have paid more attention in my math classes, but I suppose I was smart enough to marry a woman with a degree in Math.  I hate math!

 

Then again, high school ROTC did start me in the process of considering the military as a career so I suppose that class was a factor in my life.

post #38 of 46

Since my mom and dad were teachers and I was the oldest kid they must not have had anything better to do than to teach me things.

 

That was good and bad. It made high school easy but also left me bored and underwhelmed by any class I took. The small high school I went to didn't have anything that resembled advanced classes. I liked shop class but I can't say I learned anything because I had been welding up horse trailers in my grandfather's shop since I was a little kid. The shop teacher mostly had me teaching the other kids how to weld.

 

In college I really liked a creative writing course I took, mostly because the professor liked my stories and gave me an A.

 

I liked all of the Criminal Justice classes I took and especially the Homicide course. That textbook was hardcore!

 

Enjoyed taking Real Estate classes and had a very good instructor for that course. He was so good that passing the State Real Estate test (which is usually fairly hard) was very easy. He was probably the best at his job of any teacher I ever had.

 

Enjoyed taking a Dale Carnegie course and that instructor was also very good at his job, but he could never teach me to remember people's names like he thought he would be able to do.

 

Of course my favorite course each and every year was P.E. Especially the year at Alabama when I was late to sign up and the only thing left was ballroom dancing. Didn't take long to figure out that a ballroom dancing class held at 9:00 o'clock at night with 23 girls and only 2 boys was a great situation.

post #39 of 46
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Wait, her boobs were square? :-)

Oh @iacas , you obviously need to brush up on your "Boob Flight Laws".  They were square to the plane of my face. I fell straight back.  If they were open to that plane, I would have had a push fade and fell to my right.  Closed, push draw and I would have fell to my left.

post #40 of 46
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Since my mom and dad were teachers and I was the oldest kid they must not have had anything better to do than to teach me things.

 

That was good and bad. It made high school easy but also left me bored and underwhelmed by any class I took. The small high school I went to didn't have anything that resembled advanced classes. I liked shop class but I can't say I learned anything because I had been welding up horse trailers in my grandfather's shop since I was a little kid. The shop teacher mostly had me teaching the other kids how to weld.

 

In college I really liked a creative writing course I took, mostly because the professor liked my stories and gave me an A.

 

I liked all of the Criminal Justice classes I took and especially the Homicide course. That textbook was hardcore!

 

Enjoyed taking Real Estate classes and had a very good instructor for that course. He was so good that passing the State Real Estate test (which is usually fairly hard) was very easy. He was probably the best at his job of any teacher I ever had.

 

Enjoyed taking a Dale Carnegie course and that instructor was also very good at his job, but he could never teach me to remember people's names like he thought he would be able to do.

 

Of course my favorite course each and every year was P.E. Especially the year at Alabama when I was late to sign up and the only thing left was ballroom dancing. Didn't take long to figure out that a ballroom dancing class held at 9:00 o'clock at night with 23 girls and only 2 boys was a great situation.

My mom was a teacher too (so is my wife) so I can relate. On the first day of my final year of High School my English teacher announced that 90% of our grade would be based on our understanding of "The Lord of the Flies", I had already read the book three times by that point so I didn't have to pay attention all year!

post #41 of 46

Back in 1980, I was forced (by my mother, a bank secretary) to take TYPING.     Way before computers - we used the old IBM typewriters.    Hated it - thought it was the most rediculous waste of time.     Turns out it was probably the single most important class I ever took ... today, long after I've forgotten everything I ever learned about calculus and thermodynamics, it remains the single most relevant class I ever took that is still used every day of my life, 365 days/year.    I should call her & thank her today ...

post #42 of 46

I'm surprised two classes didn't get mentioned. A manage your finances class - banking, credit cards, loans, investing, etc... A proper class, if you listen to what you learned will save you lots of money in the long run. And public speaking - I guess Dale Carnegie kind of covers that, or moreso Toastmasters.

post #43 of 46
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My mom was a teacher too (so is my wife) so I can relate.

 

My mother was a teacher and my wife is currently a teacher.

 

Then again, I'm also a teacher. :)

 

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I'm surprised two classes didn't get mentioned. A manage your finances class - banking, credit cards, loans, investing, etc... A proper class, if you listen to what you learned will save you lots of money in the long run.

 

A lot of that stuff can be common sense.

 

"Don't carry a credit card balance if you can help it." Oh, okay, why? Because they charge 20% interest? What?!?! That's NOT a good rate?

 

Duh.

post #44 of 46

Critical Thinking first year of college was eye opening. I remember people breaking down and crying during the class discussion religion sections because it conflicted with their beliefs.

post #45 of 46

Advanced Algebra would have to be it, for no other reason than I've basically had to teach Algebra to 3 daughters and, (when she decided to go back to college for a third degree), my wife too.   

post #46 of 46
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...what's the most important (to your life as a whole) class that you ever took? Why?

My high school band class was probably the one class that was most important to my life.  It made me realize that if you are going to produce things that you need to work in harmony with other people. (Pun intended.)

 

Seriously, if you are going to achieve almost anything in life, you need to work with others, be aware of your environment, become critical of your output, work hard to improve, and never be totally satisfied with with the outcome, because you know that it could always be just a little bit better.  These are all things I learned in band class.

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