Another Shocker from Mother

One September afternoon, when my sister and I got home from school, our mother had a big announcement for us: I’m going to be teaching Parent Education classes. Our faces wore expressions of “You have got to be kidding,” but since that expression was on our faces several times a day Mother didn’t seem to […]

High School Confidential

After my earlier article about school, I was reminded of some more teachers I had not mentioned. I wanted to write about my experiences with some of them as they were, obviously, pretty memorable. In my Freshman year of high school, Mrs. Armstrong taught ninth grade English and the one thing I remember about her […]

Be True To Your School

As the school year begins around the country, I was thinking about my years in the public school system and the many interesting and enlightening experiences I had in school. My sister and I moved to Decatur and started attending Riverside School when my sister was in first grade and I was in fourth. I […]

Making Chicken Salad Out Of…

When my sister Lindy and I were young children, we would play “school” for hours. I loved to be the teacher and have Lindy be my student. I would mark her papers wrong with a big red pen, and I enjoyed using flash cards to help my dear sister with her math facts. Later on, […]

A Far From Normal College Experience

I decided to attend a college in Minnesota after reading a lovely brochure about all the amenities. It was located on a beautiful lake, very liberal and offered many opportunities to excel in a broad range of activities. I had completed two years at a college that did not offer a four year degree so […]

Mr. Ferris AKA Mr. Bully

When I was in tenth grade, I had the unfortunate luck of having Mr. Ferris for geometry. He had a nasty attitude and didn’t much care for teaching. He was a bitter, old bully who hated his life and intended to take out his hatred on us. I was sitting in class one day, minding […]