Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for November 23, 2022

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    David_the_CAD  4 months ago

    I can see this one being collected by a lot of High School Teachers.

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    Ratkin  4 months ago

    Wood shop, Home Ec …

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    The Old Wolf  4 months ago

    “Critical Thinking”… Oh wait they never taught that one, at least not when I was in High School in the ’60s.

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    mr_sherman Premium Member 4 months ago

    Don’t forget basic algebra and geometry.

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    Bilan  4 months ago

    Investing for retirement, 20 recipes with bran, Understanding people under 20, vision correction, etc.. etc..

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    diazch408  4 months ago

    There’s a lot of classic books on those shelves. And a lot of Shakespeare.

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    HidariMak  4 months ago

    Just one row? And judging by how few people can remember more than a few phone numbers these days, I’m guessing that that part of the library would have to be considerably bigger than it was 40 years back.

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    PraiseofFolly  4 months ago

    These days, it’s American History and Civics that should be re-read — unless those topics are being snatched from library shelves as too “woke.”

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    [Traveler]  4 months ago

    The most useful thing I learned in high school was typing. I have also used geometry a bit too.

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    SusieB  4 months ago

    Teachers were proved wrong, about not being able to have a calculator with you every place you go

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    Wizard of Ahz-no relation  4 months ago

    my in laws were both professional librarians, out of college my first job weas as a clerk in a library, you have no idea how true this image is.

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    gmu328  4 months ago

    a whole lot of math in that section, too

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    bill.knight49  4 months ago

    True! (Also, thanks GC, for coming back online)

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    Redd Panda  4 months ago

    Off topic, but, very glad to see GOCOMICS is back up and running. I missed all the gang.

    First thing after breakfast, ‘’What going on in the funny papers, today?’’

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    DiminishedFirst  4 months ago

    Also, how, when, and why you would buy insurance. Car loans and mortgages. Many other topics.

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    oish  4 months ago

    Can I google Cliff’s Notes?

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    guy42  4 months ago

    It took me ’bout 20 years to figure out that I was missing out on some really good books because some idiot hid them in the “Literature” section of the library / bookstore.

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    jimchronister2016  4 months ago

    Morning Wiley, great thought!Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1953Baby  4 months ago

    Whoever thought that TYPING would be the one class that EVERYBODY would need/use??? Even my doctors know how to type—sort of. . .

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    1953Baby  4 months ago

    Is it just coincidence that “fiction” and “romance” are in the same area?

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    Jimmyk939  4 months ago

    I hated school and didn’t even apply for University. I joined the army right after grade 13 at 18, and, you guessed it, went right back to school. The diff, EVERYTHING you learned had an application to some aspect of your career. But the stuff that somehow stayed in my brain after high school seemed to be helpful while I watched Jeopardy! Go figure

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    stairsteppublishing  4 months ago

    For me the classes that have been most useful are Latin and Mythology classes. There so many new words for the explosion of new things.

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    Squoop  4 months ago

    I’m a female homeowner who tries to do stuff myself rather than hire a handyman. Clearly at a disadvantage from not being allowed to attend shop class back in high school. 50 years later and I’m still peaved.

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    Stargazer1950  4 months ago

    They should have combined Home Ec and Shop into one class called “Independent Living” or something like that and made both boys & girls take it.

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    I’m old enough so that if a boy took Home Ec,he was ostracized.

    But who can eat a workbench?

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    jack666 Premium Member 4 months ago

    I must recommend “Lies My Teacher Told Me”, a book by a college history Professor discussing how badly history is taught in all primary and secondary schools and some colleges. It explained to me why I happily read so much history now although I detested it in school. The names and dates nonsense is only the beginning.

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    Bookworm  4 months ago

    Hahahahahaha. Like anybody under 65 would even know what a library is these days. Hahahahahaha.

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    GreenT267  4 months ago

    One of the biggest challenges that public schools/teachers have is that people are always complaining that school is boring, a waste of time, and kids aren’t learning things; but, when schools/teachers try to do things differently, they are lambasted by complaints that they are being leftest, politically-motivated, spewing propaganda, etc. followed by “we didn’t do things that way when I was in school.” They can’t win. If you think your school was boring and a waste of time, then why complain if things are changed?

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    Underdog  4 months ago

    Latin…. I use it daily and don’t even know I’m doing it. Same with Algebra and Calculus.

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    willie_mctell  4 months ago

    The stuff you blew off section is the largest one in most libraries.

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    Corpse Horn Light Premium Member 4 months ago

    The only thing I “blew off” in high school because I wouldn’t need it in real life is something I’ve STILL never needed at the age of 57: Algebra. Pointless and stupid for a lot of kids, when they could/should be teaching things like balancing a checkbook and other life-essentials.

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    keenanthelibrarian  4 months ago

    Latin declensions? Calculus? Marvellous how often I call on all those things that seemed boring at the time but I find a sort of use for nowadays.

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    eddi_tbh  4 months ago

    Arithmetic, grammar, civics…

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    zodismoon  4 months ago

    Still don’t need to use algebra.

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    andrew.scharnhorst  4 months ago

    Brilliant! Bravo.

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    mistercatworks  4 months ago

    The libraries in San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay have eliminated sub-classes of fiction on their shelves. The lame excuse I heard was that it was too confusing for the few titles that fit more than one category. Book stores and other libraries have dealt with that “confusion” for years. To me, it just seems lazy and counter-productive, if your service is to encourage reading.

    No one was keeping you from browing general Fiction. It is simply counterproductive to make people, especially older people, spend more time and effort browsing through hundreds, if not thousands, of unrelated books to find their favorite genre.

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    Bill Löhr Premium Member 4 months ago

    Unfortunately there are plenty of people who should be using this section who aren’t.

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    MFRXIM Premium Member 4 months ago

    Formerly labeled the Science and History section.

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