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30 April 2016 @ 06:12 pm
[listening] Gretchen Rubin's A Little Happier -- Forgetting Teachers and What They Taught  
Sometimes I'll listen to a handful of episodes of Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft's podcast, Happier, and now Rubin is doing mini-podcasts along with it (hence A Little Happier). I listened to the first mini-episode earlier and in it, Rubin talks about the claim that within ten years of leaving school, you'll have forgotten your teachers' names and all the things they taught. She goes on to describe two sharp memories she has of her undergrad experience and teachers who were particularly enthusiastic about what they were teaching, but I was too busy being surprised by the claim she cited.

Do most people really forget their teachers names and what they've taught within a decade of finishing? Really?

I'm more than 15 years out of high school, 10 out of undergrad, and 5 out of law school, and while I can't tell you every single teacher I had or every single thing I learned, I definitely remember most of my professors and a lot of the things they taught me. Obviously, the ones who meant a lot to me are the ones I remember best (my adoration for Dr Susan Swartwout at Southeast Missouri State University will burn forever because she was an amazing teacher, a wonderful mentor, and continues to touch her former students to this day), but I remember the ones who weren't great, too, or the ones with whom I just didn't click. I remember pieces of things they taught me; I use the things they taught me, some of it pretty much daily, whether it was from high school or college or law school. There are many things I don't remember about life, but I can't imagine it being standard to forget what you were taught, your teachers' names, within ten years or less of leaving the school.

This sense of shock is the same I felt when my law school classmates, as we approached graduation, were so joyous that they were done with school and would never go back. I did not feel that way then, and I do not feel that way now. I haven't yet gone back to school, but odds are high it will happen. I can guarantee I'll take more classes, even if I don't get another degree. (... hell, pottery could probably count as an actual class I'm taking, considering how many of my undergrad classes were writing-based or design-based.)

Do you remember your teachers? Do you remember the things you were taught?

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doNUT!: matchadonutgirl on May 1st, 2016 12:29 am (UTC)
Well, I'm almost 20 years out of high school, and here goes:

Freshman
math - Mr. Guglielmino
english - Mrs. Nota
history - Mr. Klein
science - Mr. Maksad
french - Miss Ise

Sophomore
math - Mr. Fayanjuola
english - damn, her name is escaping me right now but I remember she named her daughter Willa for Willa Cather. Miss Kobrin!
drama - Ms. Duhamel
computer skills - no freaking clue
science - iirc, the original teacher bailed so we had a bunch of unmemorable subs that year
french - Miss Ise

Junior
math -- Mr. Guglielmino
english -- Mr. Doucette
history -- Mr. Ellenwood
science -- I think I have a mental block here because it was the only class I ever got a C in and it traumatized me.
french -- Miss Rubiano

Senior
math - Mr. Guglielmino
english - Mr. Robert
history - Mr. Woodel
science - Mrs. Urquhart
french - Miss Rubiano

I had quite a few gym teachers but the only name coming to mind is Mr. Marapeezi and Mr. Brown for health class. not only this, but I could even tell you the names of a lot of my older *siblings'* teachers, most of whom I never even met.

honestly, though, I've always felt like one of the only people I know who actually learned/retained anything from high school. I remember winning pub trivia at some point, and my teammates were like, "how did you know that stuff?" the non-pop culture things, I mean. and I was like... high school? urban public high school? a few of you were in my classes?

Edited at 2016-05-01 12:30 am (UTC)
Catycatalinay on May 1st, 2016 03:33 am (UTC)
I remember my teachers, from elementary school even.

I was glad to be done with my Master's degree because I didn't want to have to write any more research papers, and I don't have any plans to get a doctorate, admin credential, etc. However, I am still learning all the time.
lilacsigillilacsigil on May 1st, 2016 07:32 am (UTC)
I just ran through this in my mind and I can name all my teachers right back to Mrs Woolfe in Prep, which was in 1980! The only ones I can't remember are my kindergarten teachers, and that's probably because my family moved twice during that year. Then again, like the person who commented above me, I'm also good at trivia, so maybe that's just how my brain works.