I think I went to a pretty amazing publice school. I feel I got the opportunity to do a lot of things that I don't see my own children doing - or the children I've taught doing in the schools I've taught in.
I think it might be because funding for music and the arts has been cut in more recent years.
I already knew how to cook and sew by the time I got to junior high, because my mother and grandmother taught me, but we also did those things in school.
I learned how to play the violin- my school provided the instrument, a teacher and an orchestra to play in.
I learned how to throw pots on a wheel.
I learned how to set a loom
I learned how to develop my own film
I learned how to shoot a bow and arrow and fence in gym class.
I learned how to drive - we had a driving course on the school property.
We had history courses that covered ancient through medieval and up to modern history or current American issues including seminars on gender and sexuality and the vietnam war.
There were an amazing array of humanities and literature courses to choose from , as well as psychology- sociology, etc.
The more I think about it - the more I realize what a stimulating place my highschool was- and unfortunately- what a rarity a school such as the one I went to has become, as kids are molded to fit a set curriculum with the primary aim being a set percentage of the student body passing standardized tests..