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a) It is wrong to say, "I am good." One must say, "I am well."  Incorrect. 'Am' is a linking verb and can be completed with a predicate adverb or a predicate adjective. "I am well," is correct; as is, "I am good." (Some what different connotation but

equally correct, grammatically speaking.)

B) One must always say, ":She and I," and not, "Her and me." Incorrect. "The books belonged to her and me," is an example of the proper and objective case.

c.) Jackie Robinson was the first black player in the major league. Incorrect. The real first 'African American' to play in the major leagues, and the only former slave to do so, is now generally thought to be a man by the name of William Edward White.  Moses Fleetwood Walker, and his brother Weldy Walker, also played big league. Whether they had a full contract, that's another thing that you can easily research.  As an aside, my husband's relative James "Cool Papa" Bell played on the Negro League and was frequently a room mate (or hotel mate) of Satchel Paige, while on tour. Paige said of "Cool Papa," That he could pull the light string and get into bed before the light went out. 


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I don't know why the shades emoticon appeared when I entered the letter b.  :oops:  Anyhoot, what have you learned in school that proved to be totally or partially incorrect? I hope this is another entertaining as well as informative thread.   :lol1: YS,pauline

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a - It is wrong to say, "I am good." One must say, "I am well."  Incorrect. 'Am' is a linking verb and can be completed with a predicate adverb or a predicate adjective. "I am well," is correct; as is, "I am good." (Some what different connotation but

equally correct, grammatically speaking.)

b - One must always say, ":She and I," and not, "Her and me." Incorrect. "The books belonged to her and me," is an example of the proper and objective case.

c - Jackie Robinson was the first black player in the major league. Incorrect. The real first 'African American' to play in the major leagues, and the only former slave to do so, is now generally thought to be a man by the name of William Edward White.  Moses Fleetwood Walker, and his brother Weldy Walker, also played big league. Whether they had a full contract, that's another thing that you can easily research.  As an aside, my husband's relative James "Cool Papa" Bell played on the Negro League and was frequently a room mate (or hotel mate) of Satchel Paige, while on tour. Paige said of "Cool Papa," That he could pull the light string and get into bed before the light went out. 

Does that fix it for you?

When you use emoticons they work by combinations of letters and symbols, so the 'b' followed by a ')' without a space gives you the emoticon. b ) (with a space) allows it to show as you typed it.

To bring the subject on topic, perhaps if you went to school twenty or thirty years later you might have been taught this!

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I hated school. Now that I'm older I appreciate the fact I hated it and home schooled myself. I passed with flying colors. I love education, public school is seriously lacking in almost all things. There are so many WRONG things being taught as right.

My GD is home schooled, I get to do mathematics with her. I excelled in math but was failed because I couldn't explain to the teacher how I came up with the right answer. I did the calculations in my head and didn't know how I did it. NOW as I help my GD, the way they teach math is exactly how I did it when I was young. I nearly cried when I found this out, at last I was validated!  

Ok off my soap box. 

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When I went to school (not so long ago, let's say 25 years) living beings were classified in two kingdoms: the vegetal kingdom and the animal kingdom. It may seem it's easy to tell a plant from an animal, until you meet something like corals or microorganisms.

 

Humans were included in the animal kingdom, and fungi were considered vegetables with some hesitation. It was not clear whether bacteria were animals or plants, although the trend was placing them with vegetals. And they had no idea of where to put viruses, since it was not even clear if they are living beings or not!

 

Recently I was curious what the current view of biologists is on kingdoms. There is a lot if discrepancy with lots of different classification systems, but one of the more widespread opinions is that there are five kingdoms: animals, plants, fungi, protists and monera (bacteria). Others say that differences between eukaryotic and prokariotic organisms are bigger than between bacteria and humans. :o And they haven't decided yet whether viruses are alive or not.


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Does that fix it for you?

When you use emoticons they work by combinations of letters and symbols, so the 'b' followed by a ')' without a space gives you the emoticon. b ) (with a space) allows it to show as you typed it.

To bring the subject on topic, perhaps if you went to school twenty or thirty years later you might have been taught this!

Thanks. Actually, I've only been out of school for two and a half months, as a teacher. I had to teach student to unlearn things they had already learned incorrectly. I was workshop conductor to teach teachers things they learned incorrectly or just to update them.

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I hated school. Now that I'm older I appreciate the fact I hated it and home schooled myself. I passed with flying colors. I love education, public school is seriously lacking in almost all things. There are so many WRONG things being taught as right.

My GD is home schooled, I get to do mathematics with her. I excelled in math but was failed because I couldn't explain to the teacher how I came up with the right answer. I did the calculations in my head and didn't know how I did it. NOW as I help my GD, the way they teach math is exactly how I did it when I was young. I nearly cried when I found this out, at last I was validated!  

Ok off my soap box. 

I always told my students, "I don't care how you got the answer, as long as it is correct."  The common core workshop I attended at the end of March suggested we avoid teaching formulas at all, and let students struggle. Such extremism.

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Pauline, I have the utmost admiration for the way you've striven to learn through your life, sometimes against difficult odds... teaching yourself to read before you went to school, your absorption of history and literature of all kinds, quite amazing...

But for the life of me I'm really having a problem coming up with something to throw into this ring. Maybe I didn't pay enough attention to the teachers?

My schooling predated general education conforming to the Darwinian rubbish, so we were allowed to understand and accept creation. I never learned about the Piltdown man, who was unveiled during my time at school, that would have been a beauty.

These are things I'm sure many here would recognise as great lies taught as infallible truths.

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Does that fix it for you?

When you use emoticons they work by combinations of letters and symbols, so the 'b' followed by a ')' without a space gives you the emoticon. b ) (with a space) allows it to show as you typed it.

To bring the subject on topic, perhaps if you went to school twenty or thirty years later you might have been taught this!

Actually, I learned grammar rules in middle school: subject/verb agreement; pronoun agreement with antecedent;  plural possessives... I was surprised when I started teaching high school English that students kept referring to things they had learned in elementary school -  things that seemed to have been drummed in, and they had to unlearn to make room for correct grammar. They needed this to pass their high school tests, otherwise, I would never correct someone's grammar. Other countries are probably different. Sad to say, most American school classrooms spend more time on discipline than education. :wacko:  


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a) It is wrong to say, "I am good." One must say, "I am well."  Incorrect. 'Am' is a linking verb and can be completed with a predicate adverb or a predicate adjective. "I am well," is correct; as is, "I am good." (Some what different connotation but equally correct, grammatically speaking.)

 

 

Which would be correct, "I am good" or "I am righteous"?

 

:D

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Recently I was curious what the current view of biologists is on kingdoms. There is a lot if discrepancy with lots of different classification systems, but one of the more widespread opinions is that there are five kingdoms: animals, plants, fungi, protists and monera (bacteria). Others say that differences between eukaryotic and prokariotic organisms are bigger than between bacteria and humans. :o And they haven't decided yet whether viruses are alive or not.

 

It's easier being a Witness than a school teacher, we teach about just one kingdom, not five.  :D

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 I was surprised when I started teaching high school English 

 

I'm curious about your teaching experience, you have mentioned that you have taught English, Math, you worked as a Nutritionist and I remember you said something about rocket science.

 

How varied is your work and teaching experience?

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I'm curious about your teaching experience, you have mentioned that you have taught English, Math, you worked as a Nutritionist and I remember you said something about rocket science.

 

How varied is your work and teaching experience?

My teaching certs: English, Social Studies, Math ( adult/secondary and college faculty) Adult Literacy - also taught secondary Science. Counseling: LCSW, MAC, Nationally Certified Forensic Counselor, Behavioral Specialist, Certified Criminal Justice Specialist. I only went to college/post secondary by accident, because my fiance had been killed in the Vietnam War during my Senior Year of high school. (I don't recommend it to anyone.)  I didn't have a plan 'B.' Once I got the truth, I only took CEUs and dropped a number of certifications (that had renewal fees) when I was pioneering. Yep, I really am that old. Started tutoring math at age seven. Wish I got the truth sooner. It could have spared me a good deal of pain in this system and helped me make wiser decisions.  :(


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The Kingdom Ministry School is the only school that teaches teachers how to teach. Before my respiratory problems, I did lots of cleaning: cottages, stores, individual homes. That was probably the easiest, as I could put myself on auto-pilot and meditate the day away. Jehovah has helped me find jobs as I got older. Some needed certifications, some didn't. Best teaching job with the best boss and best co-workers: THE BIBLE :exclamation:

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Still not forgiven my biology teacher for saying that the human tongue has separate areas for each type of taste.

 

The tongue map or taste map is a common misconception that different sections of the tongue are exclusively responsible for different basic tastes. It is illustrated with a schematic map of the tongue, with certain parts of the tongue labeled for each taste. Although widely taught in schools, this was scientifically disproven by later research; all taste sensations come from all regions of the tongue, although different parts are more sensitive to certain tastes.

 

Wow, learn something new every day if you aren't careful. I told my mom that going to school was a waste (waist) of time but she wouldn't believe me.

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Many biology (life science) students are still being told how to differentiate between frogs and toads. Here's the truth from allaboutfrogs.com One of the most common questions is, "What is the difference between Frogs and Toads?"

Most are surprised to hear that all Toads actually are Frogs! 


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