I thought about calling this post, I am NOT smarter than a 5th grader.
I like to consider myself a smart person. I mean, I know things. I’m college educated. I can have a conversation about ideas and books and sometimes even politics. My conversations aren't based around fashion, celebrity gossip or reality shows so I think that already gives me a little bit of credibility. But I’m going to be honest with you. I’m not actually as smart as I lead everyone to believe I am.
But I’d like to think it’s not my fault. I've done all that I could with what I was given. I’m fairly sure I was failed early on in my education.
Por Ejemplo (look folks, I know Spanish)
Things I didn’t learn K-12 that I am SURE were supposed to have been taught…
- It wasn’t until my first semester of college that I learned how to structure a paragraph. How in the world was I allowed to pass High School English without this knowledge?
- I was making cookies the other day and I struggled with ¾ + ¾ = 1½. I really think I should know this
- The only classic book we were assigned to read was Les Miserables and that was my senior year. I’m positive there should have been a much higher expectation for my reading material. Again, it wasn’t until college (on my own) that I read any quality books.
- Geography what? I STILL don’t know exactly what the “Soviet Union” reffers to.
- I am unclear as to anything involving physics, chemistry or biology. (In my school’s defense, I do remember biology class, but I was too busy trying to impress Jay McMillan and his stunning, bleached, bowl cut to have retained any information)
- Rutherford B. Hayes was, like, what, one of the 12 appostles in the bible?
- I don’t know the state capitals. None of them.
- I don’t really know what these words mean; osmosis, adverb, marsupial, or geologic.
- I cannot convert any measurements.
- I don’t know the difference between affect and effect.
Now, I AM willing to admit that I was the child that saved pencil shavings and pierced my ear during sewing class so my attention to the lessons was mediocre. If anyone I went to school with would like to argue that Granit School District was, in fact, an amazing and challenging school system, I will concede immediately.
I wrote my first chapter book in 5th grade and I’m pretty sure it took a whole week to do so; a whole week that I was not doing anything but writing. I know I stared out of plenty of windows and slept through countless classes. Alright, so my lack of knowledge may be entirely my fault, but seriously, I would have remembered if I was supposed to have been reading The Great Gatsby. The fact that I graduated without any of this knowledge is scary!
Am I the only one who feels my school seriously let me down? In college I had a roommate from Tennessee (thank troll for spell check because I didn't know how to spell that word on my own) she said that her high school was, by far, more challenging than the college we were attending. Someone else, please tell me I'm not alone. Does anyone else feel like they didn't learn anything in high school? Does anyone else struggle to convert measurments? Does anyone know who Rutherford B. Hayes is?!!
Oh well, at least I’m pretty.