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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:26 am 
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Of all of the courses you've taken from grade school through high school and college, which subjects have you used or relied upon more than any other? (I'll ignore mathematics and English.)

I'd have to choose Latin I, II & III ....and so many, even back then, spoke of Latin as a "dead language."

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:01 pm 
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For being in the electric power industry, mathematics is way out in front.
I deal with just about all of it, triangles, waves, angles, vector analysis...etc.
When things are getting bad, you have to use some statistics.....bad joke.

Other than that, with English being disregarded, I would say high school science or Latin.
I had physics, anatomy & physiology in high school beyond "regular" science classes.
I also had four years of Latin, freshman through senior year.

The things I learned in those science classes are used for exactly what was taught in class.
The things I learned from Latin class have a wider area of coverage for their usefulness.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:20 pm 
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If I was to give the most pragmatic answer, I would say my high school typing class. The ability to touch type long before most people in my profession could gave me a huge advantage from both an accuracy and productivity standpoint.

Oh...and all those software engineering classes were also helpful.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:20 pm 
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What is the use of studying Latin?

Taking two semesters of Typing while in high school is the best decision I made during those years.

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I second the typing class. I thought it was an A at the time, but it's benefited me the most of all my classes.

That and Home Ec. I learned a little about cooking in that class that hasn't made me any money, but has brought a lot of enjoyment to my life.


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I had four years of Latin in high school and twelve hours of German in college, and all I remember is e pluribus unum and Arschgesicht.

In general, the problem-solving process was the best thing I took away from my formal schooling. The most practical knowledge came from being in a fraternity and learning the Greek alphabet. As a result, I was popular with my Air Force buddies because I could read the street signs in Athens and knew when to get off the bus.

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Keeping with Bux's no math or English, I'd have to say Biology has served me well. ;)

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4th grade world history. It made me understand we are part of a continuum. All the history I've read and studied since has just been filling out that initial framework. I have been mindful in all I've done that whatever I do may not be remarked by history but it is part of it.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:17 pm 
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Rancid C. wrote:
I had four years of Latin in high school and twelve hours of German in college, and all I remember is e pluribus unum and Arschgesicht.

In general, the problem-solving process was the best thing I took away from my formal schooling. The most practical knowledge came from being in a fraternity and learning the Greek alphabet. As a result, I was popular with my Air Force buddies because I could read the street signs in Athens and knew when to get off the bus.

John


In addition to the problem solving, the other great thing was the experience of having to dedicate yourself to completing a series of tasks you don't enjoy in order to achieve a goal.

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There you go! A single subject, but an involved one, has carried us into regions and solutions we faced later in life....our education never ends.

Just had an argument..nay, a discussion with the women that lives here....I noted that when Prince Phillip, of Battenburg, was to wed Princess Elizabeth of Windsor, his name was quietly anglicized to become Prince Phillip of Mountbatten. Good grief, our arguing at dinner has become a tradition of sorts. And, I know Mr. Gilmore will investigate this and comment if necessary.

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