How useful was high school?

I look back on what the first 12 years of school were for me and the student leaders in the late 50s:

  1. Reading  We weren’t assigned authors we would have loved like Jack London and Ernie Pyle.
  2. Writing  Spelling, vocabulary, and some grammar lessons were good; but we didn’t write enough.
  3. Math  Besides the basics, what was necessary?  Not algebra, geometry, trigonometry – and they didn’t improve our thinking, as was claimed.
  4. Social studies  (not social ‘science’)History was interesting for some, but left out most of the countries.  We didn’t have enough geography, current affairs, or social problems.
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