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serious crayons:
I use a dishrag now. But it's a set of microfiber cloths, and they're very effective.

serious crayons:

--- Quote from: Jeff Wrangler on April 07, 2024, 04:32:40 pm ---In this respect, these classical schools sound an awful lot like the public school education I received. We learned by phonics. We diagrammed sentences. My mother actually had flash cards to drill me on math (I still have trouble remembering that 9 + 5 = 14 and not 15.  :laugh: ) I had Algebra I and II in junior high. There is a mention, too, of an emphasis on civics; in junior high I had a class that was actually called Civics. (I vaguely remember we did things like study the Constitution, the branches of government, how the government works--things like that.)
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Weird, because you and I must have attended school at about the same time. (I graduated in 1975.) I think we learned by phonics. I remember flashcards. I had algebra I and II in junior high. We memorized math tables and occasionally poetry -- I memorized "Jabberwocky" for extra credit and can still recite it today at the speed of an auctioneer.

But we did not have a class on physics -- we had American history, Asian history, history of religions and plain old social studies. (I remember the only time I'd get school lunches was when, in the time period after my Asian history class, the day's menu was chow mein.) We must have learned some of the same material that would have been in a civics class,  maybe in the all-purpose social studies classes. And I've never known what diagramming a sentence even requires. (I've seen the diagrams but could not make one myself.) I can identify things like adjectives and adverbs, subject and object, passive and active tense -- stuff like that, if that's what it's about.

I think our district might have been a bit "progressive" -- I remember an elective English class in junior high that focused on the poetry of Bob Dylan.  :laugh: And in high school I was in a poetry class and was falling behind because I hadn't turned any poetry in. So I wrote a long poem about my drug-fueled experiences at a Foghat concert.  :laugh: Got an A+. (I didn't mention drugs explicitly but the language in the poem suggested them.)

Jeff Wrangler:

--- Quote from: serious crayons on April 13, 2024, 01:11:14 pm ---I use a dishrag now. But it's a set of microfiber cloths, and they're very effective.

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When you're done with the dishes, don't you still have a damp cloth that has to be hung up somewhere to dry?

So long ago that I got it with Betty Crocker coupons, I got a small colander. I keep it on the sink next to the faucet, and when I finish washing something, I squeeze the water out of the sponge and place the sponge in the colander.

serious crayons:
I do have a damp cloth, maybe 9" square. Microfibers make it somewhat rough-textured. I squeeze it out and sometimes drape it over the faucet and sometimes just throw it behind the faucet. Either way it's squeezed out and dries pretty quickly.

Jeff Wrangler:

--- Quote from: serious crayons on April 13, 2024, 01:23:28 pm ---But we did not have a class on physics -- we had American history, Asian history, history of religions and plain old social studies. (I remember the only time I'd get school lunches was when, in the time period after my Asian history class, the day's menu was chow mein.) We must have learned some of the same material that would have been in a civics class,  maybe in the all-purpose social studies classes. And I've never known what diagramming a sentence even requires. (I've seen the diagrams but could not make one myself.) I can identify things like adjectives and adverbs, subject and object, passive and active tense -- stuff like that, if that's what it's about.

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I graduated in '76.

Did you mean you didn't have a class on civics rather than physics?

In my junior high and high schools, "history" was "social studies."

I had one elective on folklore and one on mythology; both were under the English department.

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