Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: My Favourite Subject in School and Why

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A black female teacher wearing black pants and a floral pink, purple, blue, and red blouse standing in front of a whiteboard. She has written the word English on the board and is looking at her students as they give her other words to put below it. Names like “Ringa,” “EBJ,” “Klas” have already been placed there using plastic alphabet letters that are in bright primary colours like red, blue, and green. I don’t think anyone will be surprised by this answer, but English was my favourite subject in school.

My family spoke Standard English at home, and my parents would lovingly correct us if we use the wrong verb form, misused punctuation, or made some other mistake. (Rarely, they still do!) This meant that the grammar, spelling, and punctuation portions of this class were intuitive to me 99% of the time because they’d been reinforced and taught at home for my entire life.

I loved reading in general, so the literature portion of this class was easy and enjoyable for me as well. I was the sort of student who tried to read every story in my textbook each year and was always slightly disappointed by how many I liked that we were never formally assigned.

History was a class I liked almost as much as English most years, although I preferred reading about it on my own on school breaks so I could focus on topics I really enjoyed such as the lives of ordinary people in various eras. It was interesting to see the patterns in history as well as to learn how so many different people have fought to make our world a kinder and better place.


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16 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: My Favourite Subject in School and Why

  1. Same, Lydia! I loved English and history. I still do. I love learning about how we actually got here, both as a society and culturally. Lots of things could have taken a left turn to a point where something could have happened to make it so we weren’t here now as a species…. but I digress… Ha!

  2. Hmm, I see a common thread here. Not surprising with a site of writers.

  3. I hated history in school — they don’t teach it in an interesting way. But I LOVE history.

  4. English was my favorite subject in school, too. (Though my spelling was pretty horrid.) A close second was anything in the sciences, at least up until I graduated high school. University science classes were not nearly as enjoyable for me.

    I can see where you would like History, but I didn’t like all of the memorization of (in my mind) pointless things like dates and battles so it was not anywhere close to a favorite subject for me.

    • I totally understand that! memorizing dates and battles is no fun. 🙂

      What sciences did you like? I thought chemistry was pretty interesting.

  5. The overlap between English and History… {{climbs back down off of soapbox}} But yes, much the same over here. And elementary history is such a distinct topic from college-level history, though I think I was fortunate in my high school being willing to embrace some degree of nuance.

    • There’s a lot of overlap to be sure!

      Your high school history courses sound like they were useful. Mine were a real mixed bag. Some were like a boring repeat of elementary school, but i did have one history teacher who was really good.

  6. Wendy Williams

    My favorite was history. I liked English too

  7. English class, I liked the topic, but sometimes the teachers were hard to tolerate. History was always fascinating to me, especially ancient times. At one point I wanted to be a paleontologist (like Indiana Jones) but then I bought there might not be a dental plan. Writing has always been my favorite and I was always done with the reading lists a few weeks into the summer, then d kill the local summer reading program at the library.

    • Having a good teacher is imperative! A bad one can seriously disrupt a kid’s education.

      Did you ever participate in the Pizza Hut reading club thing? Can’t remember what it was called, but you got a free personal pizza if you read X number of books. I loved that as a kid.

  8. My dad was a stickler for correct English, particularly accents. It drove him mad when I started studying dialectology at university and would deliberately try out different accents in front of him.

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