questionswhat classes did you *really* need?

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Temporal Mechanics: Of course there will be time for that later (or earlier).

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Quantum Telecommuting 201

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horticulture
herbology
Defense against the dark arts

j5 j5
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Ironically an English class. Have no aptitude at all for foreign language. If I had to take a second semester of Spanish where it moved past memorizing words and tenses to actual conversational I never would have graduated. I took a "loophole" option to "burn" an elective and take an English Lit class instead. Class was a lot of fun actually and got the piece of paper. My other electives were jokes, music, movies and criminology.

Classes I am using most for work: Accounting, Finance, Statistics and Quas. Working out of my major and those classes allowed that to happen. Tho they were part of my core classes well worth the use of elective if I had to do it over.

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Procrastination 400 (go big or go home) and Magic!

On a more serious note, I think every American could use courses in statistics and macroeconomics so that politicians and the media would not be able to manipulate citizens (two of the most valuable courses I took during college!)

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SRS Answer: Anything marketing related.
NOT SO MUCH SRS: Anything offered at Hogwarts, especially Divination and Transfiguration.

I did take a Statistics class which turned out to be surprisingly useful. I should have taken more of those.

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Personal Finance ought to be required in my opinion, but isn't at most schools.

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When I was in high school a few of us female geeks kept talking about wanting to take AP Auto Shop. We thought it would be great to learn how to maintain our cars but didn't want to take classes with the normal guys who took auto shop. I still think it would be a great class.

The best class that I took in high school was journalism. I learned to interview people, write clearly and concisely in a variety of styles, use a computer for more than just word processing (early 90's), the basics of layout and design, how to work with a team and on a deadline, how to sort through facts, how to spot and avoid bias in the media and a ton of other useful information. My photography class comes in as a close second.

And, as much as I hate to admit it, I've been thankful for my PE classes teaching me the basic rules and skills needed in most sports and the basics of how to get and stay in shape.

I think basic courses in physics and thermodynamics would be useful for just about everyone.

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@boydrew: I've always thought that Home Economics ought to actually be about home economics. How to balance a checkbook. How to create and track a budget. How to amortize interest. Understanding a mortgage, including the mysterious "points". Understanding credit cards, how the interest is accrued, late fees, grace periods, etc. What is the role of a credit rating in your life? Insurance and deductibles, how much do we need and how do those needs change over the course of life? The basic course should include all these things, and then those with a taste for it could go on to the macroeconomics you mentioned, the stock market, investments, etc. Although I have done well enough figuring it out as I went along, I am so fiscally conservative that I have always kept my money securely locked in a lightless box where it had no chance to grow. If I felt more confident about managing it, I would have been able to make more of what I have.

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@djp519: We actually did have a mandatory class that contained things like making a personal budget and balancing a checkbook. Seemed useful then, but now? ...maybe add, "Online Banking and Security Practices" to the list.

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My favorite one that Uconn has was:

"Advanced Techniques in Puppetry"

And yes, there was a Puppetry major

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@gt0163c: I am a chick, who actually took a small engine repair class, with plans to take automotive later. Our teacher was lousy though, literally drinking during class. So I learned more at home, from my father. While not willing to undertake a transmission overhaul, I love to tinker. You should see if there are any night classes offered, these are great skills for anyone, and at least being able to "talk the talk" helps to keep you from being gouged by the mechanic.

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Of all the education I have received, I found that the most useful one I took was electricity in high school.

That has come in handy countless times. If you're a do-it-yourselfer, it's a great bit of knowledge to have.

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@capguncowboy: I picture a dad watching you stick things into electrical sockets. "He'll learn."

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@gatzby: That's my general parenting technique.

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Plumbing. Something is always breaking. And plumbers cost a fortune.
I'd also would have loved Automotive for Women. Anyone else remember the Tool Time episode where they show how to fix cars with normal stuff women carry? That would be an awesome class.

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@pickypickypicky: I agree. I was an ASE Certified tech. It really trips people out when I work on my car, truck and motorcycle.

My daughter had to be able to change the oil, a tire, check and fill all fluids, jump off a car in the event it didn't start, and drive a standard in order for her to have the car we bought her. It took about 6 months to learn all that stuff, and she happily helped her college dorm mate change her tire at 4 o'clock in the morning 3 days ago so she could go to work. My daughter called to thank me. I didn't even mind that it was 4:30 am.

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@pyxientx: Any time is a good time for a child to thank you!

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I took a 600 level "Science In The News" class. It taught me to write a technical review as opposed to the flowery reviews that English and History professors always wanted.

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Entrepreneurship and New Venture Planning.

It's more than a class, it's a way of life.

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Negotiations. It's really helpful professionally and personally. You can learn some of the key points from the book, Getting to Yes.

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Life Is What Happens When You're Busy Making Other Plans 101. I would have learned everything in that one.

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@boydrew: GREAT IDEA! Introductory courses should be required in high school, too.

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Little late here. But the classes I excelled in were:

Pool Hall
Dance Hall
and.............
F**k it all ;-)]

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I have to say, I figured there would be at least one combination of:
-Zen
-Motorcycle maintenance

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Way back in my school days I made the mistake of taking Home Economics. It was nothing but cooking and sewing. Of course, Home Ec. was where all the girls were so like the horny teenager I was, I followed. In hindsight I should have taken Shop Class. On the other hand I did take typing as an elective which turned out to be a good choice as the home computer revolution was just around the corner and typing is now required for just about anything using a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Were I to design a curriculum for today's students I would start with a Classical Education and include electives such as Shop Class, Intro to Austrian Theory of Economics, Consumer Law, Intro to Logic, Common Fallacies, Automobile Repair, Intro to Business Administration, Intro to Internet Security and finally Intro to the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, US Constitution with a focus on the Founding Father's Original Intentions.

But hey, that's just me.