How good a student were you in high school?

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For many of you, high school may have been a long time ago, but we’re asking you to think back for a moment. Remember grades? Were you a straight-A student or a straight-C student? Neither? Were grades important to you in high school or not really?

In the poll below, please try and remember how good of a student you were in high school and tell us.

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Wolfe
2 months ago

Vanessa Simmons nails it. I had straight 100s and occasional extra credit on top in Math, English and Science on tests. I knew my stuff. I also got CONSTANTLY beat down by teachers who hated how easy some courses were for me and would give me crappy class grades just to yank my grades down. I got 1590/1600 on my SATs and went to engineering college 2 years early….

…but, that has nothing to do with an easy or successful life. Nothing that mattered was learned in school. I didn’t learn politics or have many friends. I’ve had horrible marriages and been punished for being different even where I excelled. Although I literally fly rockets and build atomic clocks, I know plenty of plumbers and mechanics who seem MUCH happier overall. Do not buy into school mattering – instead learn what I missed before you’re my age.

Donn
2 months ago

I was a terrible scholar in both grade school and high school and didn’t get a very good start in college until they told me I was no longer eligible to play any sports and at that point, I had to make a decision. In a small high school I graduated 21st in a class of 22 students. Took me eleven years to get a BA. I now possess two Masters and one PhD. I understand bad choices and failure but I also understand success.

Rodney D. Rhodes
2 months ago

I was an average student through high school and went 4 years to college but earned about half the credits to graduate. I left college and went to work, married etc. After 8 years I decided to go back earning my A.S. in a few months and continuing earning my B.S. At age 50 I decided to leave my career and go back to school and earned my degree in Nursing and worked until I turned 62 and retired.

Rory R
2 months ago

I was one of those kids who got sent to a parochial school from 1st grade on. I graduated in ’63 and went to a parochial college, took engineering with a specialty in Aeronautics. Kept up a 3.6 out of 4.0 gpa and thought I was on top of the world. Then I got a letter from the army, panicked, didn’t open it, took it to the Air Force recruiter, and he signed me up. This was after my Jr year. I got an assignment in Sacramento, Ca after boot camp and tech school. I was an airborne radar oper and Intercept Control Tech. Happy as a pig in slop, then got sent to Nam. Supposed to be temp duty (45 days) spent 11 1/2 months there. I had 9 mos left on my tour with no plans to re-up. After the military, I knocked around a bit and finally got into IT, well it was called DP then worked my way from operator trnee up to Proj Mgr in programming. Retired in 2003 and never looked back. Wow, that was almost cathartic.

Vanessa Simmons
2 months ago

I didn’t realize how bored I was in high school until I saw it in my own boys. In college I almost flunked out my freshman year. That summer I decided what I wanted to do and made the dean’s list almost every quarter after that, going to school continually, and finished school in two more years. My sons were also very bored in school unless they were working on a project they could really get into. One is a self taught computer programmer who went to school to be a game designer but never graduated. The other one is very interested in medical (and quite good at it) but afraid to commit, afraid he might fail. Wish I could get him over that.

Brian Jensen
2 months ago

I was a good student until my Senior year when I figured out I probably wouldn’t live to be twenty. I had to drop two courses to graduate and I still was in the top ten percent of my class. Enlisted in the Marine Corps in March of ’68 and went to San Diego in September.

Diane M
2 months ago

I was salutatorian. I would have been valedictorian, but I made the stupid decision to take chemistry instead of physiology so I could have a class with my then boyfriend, who mostly ignored me in the class. I was lost in the class, made C’s, and brought down my GPA. Worst decision of my life.

KellyR
2 months ago

I was bored. I was able to keep a C+ average. “You are not meeting your potential!” I got tired of hearing that. After 3 years in the Army, went to Jr. College and obtained a 4.0, then on to college. Had a good career. On the job was the best way for me to learn.

GeorgeB
2 months ago

Very interesting reading today in the comments section. Makes me realize I was not alone in my academic struggles. I felt so dumb in High School and my grades showed it. It took several years to rebuild my confidence in real life settings. I eventually had a very successful life and career. Public education may not be for everyone.

John Martin
2 months ago

Terrible! Cars, music, and girls was my major.

Roy
2 months ago

I barely graduated high school. Ironically, I went to a university at age 50 and and graduated with a 3.87 GPA. Found out the way I learn did not fit the conventional method used to teach. Sometimes what is labeled a learning disability is really an inability to teach in an alternative way.

Tom
2 months ago

In math, science and history class (interesting classes) I was a bit above average. In English a bit below average. So probably an average.

Last edited 2 months ago by Tom
Gene Bjerke
2 months ago

I guess as I moved along in my education, I got more interested in the subjects (or they became more interesting subjects). My grades improved so that from being average or below average in grade school, I finished graduate school with a 4.0 grade point.

Loren
2 months ago

I was above average in electronics and math, but barely passed English as it is not logical!

Thomas
2 months ago

A poor student. Anything I learned must have been thru osmosis. I could not concentrate and never took home a book. Grades did not portray knowledge. I became a master electrician, worked for 44years in all aspects of the job, (,very little home wiring ) and to this day struggle with basic math. My teachers always said I’d need math and I took algebra 3 years failed it yearly. Shows how wrong they were.

Vanessa Simmons
2 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

There is too much obsession with college. Many people are pushed to go that have no business being there. When I was in school there was the college track and the trades track. Some of those “kids” went on to be very successful as plumbers, electricians, contractors, farmers, and secretaries. No college needed.

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2 months ago

Hi, Vanessa. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard after two years. Just sayin’. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Gerrit Van Keulen
2 months ago

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 months ago

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Bob p
2 months ago

When I was in school 1957-1961 most of it was boring, teaching material that had little to no use in life. Algebra, one of the most useless subjects I can think of, I was an industrial mechanic for over 30 years and used geometry nearly everyday but not one day did I ever use algebra, but I had to sit there everyday listening to a boring teacher.

Irv
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

I use basic algebra about once a month on tasks around the house (essentially story problems and ratios). It’s a very handy tool because I paid enough attention to learn how useful it can be.)

Roger V
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Sorry to hear that. I was fortunate to have the very best teacher I ever had in high school Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus I and II. He consistently showed us how it does apply to real life – especially in engineering and science arenas. I credit him with much of my success in the technology field over the next 40 years and some of the best memories from my high school years.

Jim Collins
2 months ago

I was below average in public school because I was bored, but my parents had me tested, as they knew I was much smarter, the testing proved it , so they sent me to private school and I graduated with honors, that’s why I checked above average.

Will
2 months ago

Half the world is below average.

Marvin
2 months ago
Reply to  Will

Half the educated world is below the median.

DW/ND
2 months ago
Reply to  Will

Aaah Then it also means half the world is above average! (Glass half full or half empty?) Attitude!

Judy G
2 months ago

Graduated 3rd in a class of 473…