06-15-2011, 12:14 PM
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- Mar 2010
Family dinner: When you eat dinner with your entire family, including extended family on many occasions, you hear adult conversation, proper grammar, and words that you don't know. My best friend and I would sit around on a rainy day in the summer, testing each other on the word lists in the back of the Encyclopedia Britannica. The lists were organized by theoretical grade level (I have no idea what the standard was) and we would push ourselves higher and higher. We practically memorized that book, and yet neither of us ever won a spelling bee. Spelling Bee was big business in our world; you got to go to the big one in Wilmington. And I did go to the Spelling Bee in Wilmington, because my middle sister did win. I still enjoyed it, and we went to the Franklin Museum which I adored (The Heart).
Family Vacations: I have never been to Disneyland or Disneyworld. I have never been to a theme park with my parents. Our Family vacations that I remember always included historical or educational stuff: DC, Arlington, ALexandria, Philadelphia, Williamsburg (premarriott) , Luray Caverns, Atlanta, etc... Even when we would come to where I now live, we would go to Ft Desoto and explore. Also, my parents never scheduled the vacation so tightly that we couldn't stop and read roadside markers or go to some historical site as long as it was in the budget. My poor dad endured many a lost detour because something wasn't really right off the "highway" (it's a generous name for two lane roads in the sixties).
TV- Our house had one TV until 1974. My parents didn't get to watch sports or silliness until we had all gotten drivers licenses.While you were hanging yourself , on someone else's words
Dying to believe in what you heard
I was staring straight into the shining sun
06-15-2011, 12:19 PM
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- May 2008
I never won the Spelling Bee either. I still recall getting a word wrong, but the judges couldn't hear me, so they asked me to repeat it. I spelled it correctly the second time, but informed them that that wasn't how I spelled it the first time. I still felt like a failure for never getting first place. When I had nothing good to read at my house I frequently picked up an Encyclopedia and just read through it. No wonder my brother and sister thought I was weird.
06-15-2011, 01:31 PM
That's kind of sad. I would watch M*A*S*H with my family, and my dad (who was in Korea) would complain that even though they set the show during the Korean War, it really was about Vietnam. But his criticism was educational for me.
Alan Alda ruined the show. He made every episode a moratorium on the morality of war. The series finale was such a bummer.
06-15-2011, 01:44 PM
My parents were more of the Vietnam Era, but I knew that the movie and TV show were essentially about Vietnam. I recall reading that Robert Altman (or the writers) wanted to set it in Vietnam, but the studio execs made it be Korea.
Another fun little tid-bit, my folks went to see the movie in the theater the night before I was born.Voted hottest "chick" at CU - My hotness transcends gender
06-15-2011, 02:08 PM
Ultimately, the purpose of public schools ought to be producing people who are prepared to function in America, both as literate and numerate persons who have the basic skills to advance themselves, and as good citizens who understand the basics of our form of government, who are familiar with the Constitution and know the history of the nation, and to be proud of its accomplishments (it is government-run education, after all). Anyone who wants to teach their kids to hate their country or be ashamed of it can do so on their own dime.--Odysseus
Sic Hacer Pace, Para Bellum.
Before you can do things for people, you must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the people!
06-15-2011, 02:40 PM
I had a couple of teachers who were Korean War vets, but outside of my dad, I probably learned the most about it from a 5th grade teacher who had escaped from Warsaw Pact Hungary (he had been incarcerated in a German POW camp in WWII, and in a Soviet re-education camp). He was very enamored of the US military and studied all the wars in US history out of his own general interest and patriotism. He was very angry with how Vietnam ended, because he felt that we had abandoned POWs there.
Interesting guy, that 5th grade teacher.
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06-15-2011, 02:46 PM
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- May 2008
I remember having to do a current events project of some type. I followed Pope John Paul I's election and death.
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