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What type of elective classes did you take in school?

Added: Wednesday, September 16th 2020 at 10:59am by sfeastbay
Category: Education

We called it elective classes, but where you went to school may have called it something else.

 But it's classes you elected to take like auto shop as an example.

I was watching a youtube video of someone living in the UK, who just happen to say he was doing something he learned in school in Domectic Science.

That was something everyone had to take, and it something I thought in my adult years that they should do in school.

What it was, they taught kids things you would need to know once you were on your own, like how to boil an egg, basic sewing of a button or seam, how to bake a simple cake, etc.

I always thought that, teach kids things they would need to know of basic tasks around the house.

I remember taking metal shop, and wood/plastic shop. That was wood shop, but we also had sheets of thick plastic to make things out of also.

Another elective program we had, you chose to sign up for was to be an assistance for a quarter in either one of the offices, the library, a gym class, etc.

I thought that would be an easy way to get credit so I signed up for it, and was not given what I wanted, but was assigned to work the book room with Mister Guzman.

The book room is where all the text books were kept and you took them to classes, or picked up text books from classes. 

You also stamped numbers in each new book, and did the exciting job of going page by page of books returned from classes and erasing any pencil marks.

But I also learned how to repair damaged books, which I kind of can remember how to do.

The other thing was the audio visual equipment was kept in the room, which meant I had to take projects/movies to class rooms or pick them up when a teacher was done with them.

I also had to learn how to use them as for some reason back them female teachers did not have the smarts on how to do it themselves.

Male teachers seemed to know how to use them, but not one single female teacher I dealt with did, which meant I had to sit in the class and run the movie.

Some movies were interesting to watch, but most were not.


So what kind of elective classes did you take in school? 

Do you remember if you liked it or not or were able to put skills learned to use in your adult life?


Maybe tomorrow I'll enclude a little bonus write up on what Mister Guzman used to do the hour I was working in the book room.

I've never seen anyone do that in my life time, but he did it every single day.

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I took Office Practice and Typing. 

Took Business, which included bookkeeping and typing.

In all, I took Typing, Art 1&2, French 1&2 & Home & Family Living.

.....make that Typing 1 and 2.   :)

OMG!!! You expect me to remember back to the Ice Age!?!?!?  I do remember--and I am still mad about it--I was not allowed to take typing because I was going for an academic diploma!!!  I still hunt and peck!!  ARGHHHHHHHHHHH!!


Child care development we would have kids like 1 or 2 days a week. Mostly we studied child care development in a text book but we had a lot of discussions. Looking back it was a really easy class.

Electronics, metal working, typing.

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I think the "Domestic science" was called "home economics" when I was in high school. To me it seemed pointless, as it consisted of stuff that you learned at home. There was a class on typing, and I couldn't imagine spending a course lenght of time learning that. I learned to type after I was 30 years old when I started using computers more.

I guess my electives were things like French and Latin. Most of what I took were the math and science stuff.

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