I'm Confused

Don Rothra By Don Rothra, 20th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1120xjkl/
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Some of the things we learned in school were misleading and contradictory.

I'm Confused

I'm confused. I guess I have been all my life. The only reason I can come up with is that I refuse to be brainwashed. Don't get me wrong, I am willing to learn, I just want to learn what is right, so I don't have to do it all over again.

In my early days of school, I learned my ABCs. Then I was supposed to learn how to put them together into words. I started off just fine until I came upon the word "wind". I guess I was as much of a smart ass then as I am now, because my instructions were to use the word "wind" in a sentence. I wrote "The wind will wind through the trees". I didn't get an A, B, C, D, or F as a grade. I got a question mark in big red ink.

As time went on, I started learning that Columbus discovered America. I read on in the history book to find that Columbus traded with the "Indians" of this land. I asked the teacher why they were called Indians and she told me it was because Columbus thought he was in India. I was confused.

If there were natives in America when Columbus landed here, weren't they the ones that actually discovered this land?????

I continued my studies and began to read about the Vikings that sailed all over the world, long before Columbus was a twinkle in his mother's eye. They sailed the eastern coast of North America from Greenland to South America. How did Columbus get the credit for discovering a "New World"???? I was confused.

My Dad had a strict rule that he taught me, and It got me into trouble in physics class in high school. The rule was to understand the question before you attempted to answer it. The question directed at me in physics class concerned a bicycle. "A bicycle has a large sprocket on the peddles and a small sprocket on the wheel. Which one goes faster?" My answer was that they both go the same speed, otherwise the chain would break. I was sent to the principal's office for being a wise guy. I was confused. I know that the question was misstated. It should have been "which one had more revolutions per minute."

To make a long story short, which is probably too late at this point, most of the junk we learned in school is unusable in the real world. The real education in life is hands on. College can teach you a trade, and when you graduate, most of what you were taught is obsolete. If this article seems to meander, don't be concerned. It is caused from the fact that I'm confused.

By Don Rothra
7/20/12

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Confusion, Education, Learning

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author avatar Don Rothra
I am a retired country music entertainer and published poet and song writer. I now specialize in writing limericks for publication.

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author avatar johnnydod
20th Jul 2012 (#)

Your confused Don? I have been confused most of my life lol.
Nice page

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author avatar Don Rothra
20th Jul 2012 (#)

You must have gone to the same school that I did.

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author avatar A K Rao
20th Jul 2012 (#)

That is a wonferful presentation! I often tell the people same thing that we learn junk in the school! Thanks a lot dear Don!

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author avatar Don Rothra
20th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks A K

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
20th Jul 2012 (#)

Thinking leads to confusion. People who are devoid of confusion are, often, devoid of thought!

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author avatar stevetheblogger
20th Jul 2012 (#)

Great article Don. I am afraid I have never recovered from the 1960's so I am confused even when I sleep.
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar Buzz
20th Jul 2012 (#)

I've always entertained confusion in my mind, Don. I love it...lol

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author avatar Don Rothra
21st Jul 2012 (#)

I think all writers are a little confused. Some more than others. Thanks for the input Buzz.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Some of the best minds are not educated in colleges; in fact, they walk out even! The more we learn, the more we accept the world as it is. I am with you Don, entrapped in confusion - siva

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author avatar Don Rothra
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Siva.

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author avatar Han Van Meegerin
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Funy stuff. You are a wise guy. I thought you very going to use "wind" and "smart ass" in a sentence. Maybe next time.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
22nd Jul 2012 (#)

very clever...:0)

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author avatar shaheda
27th Jul 2012 (#)

So right my elder one always questions me on why we need to learn physics chemistry bio and all when we are never going to use it ever in our daily lives.

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author avatar Denise O
28th Jul 2012 (#)

I can just about bet my last dollar that confusion in some, has made for some great discoveries. As always question things, as it leads to a better you and in turn, to a better society. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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