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There is much that I learned in fifth grade that I need
an annual update on, lest my education be formally
fixed at 1980.
I propose an annual review course--maybe it's just
one day--in which you go over the fifth-grade basics.
Geography--to keep up with changing nations and
handy at tax-time.
Basic Grammar--refresher course on compound
adjectives and the like.
Some history past the date at which your fifth-grade
history textbook ended.
And some basic science.
One could pitch it as an anti-ignorance class in the
event that "Fifth Grade Again" didn't catch on.
[Shz, Oct 17 2004]
"Never give up on an idea"
ThinkGeek's take on that. [DrCurry, Oct 17 2004]
||She's right. People are shockingly poorly skilled. Nevertheless, I can't see the idea being a popular one.
||Heck, my son sometimes surprises me with nuggets he learned from me just a couple of years ago. We all need backup memory packs.
||I still carry with me aspects I learned in 5th. I even practice one of these lessons here. 'Never give up on an idea simply because it is bad and doesn't work. Cling to it even when it is hopeless. Anyone can cut and run, but it takes a very special person to stay with something that is stupid and harmful.' And they say you never use the things you learn in early chilhood. I testify...they err.
'Fifth grade again' - That is the mantra of my fifth grade teacher. This'll be the tenth year with Mrs McElhaney...