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When I was younger, around 8 or 9, I believed that you needed to be a certain height to graduate to the next grade. I, being the shortest in my class, was sure I had to repeat my grade until I was the right height. When I cried to my parents about it they assured me that it depended on how smart you were and not your height.
Before i started school, i thought that "English Class" was a class where you learned how to speak english. I always thought that i would not have to take english class since i already spoke english. I thought that until I started school.
i used to believe that when you got into high school that there was a class to practice sex in....i had a dream about it once it was pretty weird....but when i found out there wasnt that class i was depressed
In 2nd gr. we had a "Fire Safety Day" and fireman came to our school. Now I had no idea of what to do, so I listened carefully. He said we should "Stop, Drop, and Roll" but I heard it as "Stop Droppenrole" and thought "Droppenrole" was a guy who went everywhere started fires. I believed this till I was in 7th grade.
When I was in elementary school all the students had to take a state-wide multiple choice test near the end of the school year. Occasionally one of the choices would be "All of the Above." I took things completely litteraly as a child and I had no idea what it meant. If I was sure I didn't know the correct answer I would pick "All of the Above" because it made it made as much sense as anything else. Now I think the tests should really be explained in more detail. "All of the Above" isn't known to every child.
When we'd go past our primary school in the evening the lights would always be on. My dad told my sister and i that at night a whole new set of children would go to the school and be taught there with a totally new set of teachers and even diffrent wall displays so they didn't know about the 'day children.' These according to my dad were the children of people who worked nights but we weren't allowed to say anything because it was supposed to be a secret. I belived him for such a long time and even looked for the wall displays of the night children.
The old Incredible Hulk show was a big favorite in my grade school. Enough so that I sincerely believed that the Hulk himself lived in the girl's bathroom, and that was why you couldn't go in there.
My teachers were pretty obvious playing favorites, so it made perfect sense that the girls would get to know about the Hulk, and we wouldn't.
I think I stopped believing in this one, embarassingly enough, because everyone started being 'way into The Dukes of Hazzard instead.
When I was younger I thought that only smart people could go to college. I fully expected all college students to be brilliant, well-dressed & have perfect hygiene. I was shocked to find students who ask stupid questions in class, don't know how to dress for the weather, and have greasy hair and smelled. That is when I learned that book smarts and common sense are not dependent upon each other.
I was scared to go to kindergarden because i thought you had to dress up like a vegetable and sit in the dirt all day
In Iowa, instead of having Kindergarten pre-registration, they call it "Kindergarten Round-up". I remember being very disappointed that there weren't any cowboys or horses there.
When I was in Elementary school I used to believe that minimum days were actually called M&M days, and that those days you would go to school and the teachers would give out M&Ms. I was greatly disappointed.
I used to think when you were in High School gym class and you had to change your clothes, you went inside the locker and closed it, then changed your clothes so no one saw you in your underwear.
After I started school, I used to think you could only talk when you raised your hand. So I started raising my hand at home to ask my mom if I could go to the bathroom.
in my lower grades at school, i used to be appalled when i saw the word "sex" on my test papers. in the blank beside it, i would write "NO" and then continue on to circle the "m" for "mail" since my family didn't own a "fax machine" and this was my best guess at what was being asked of me. it wasn't until high school that a teacher told me "f" stood for female.. whoops!
I use to believe that when I had a medical at school by the school nurse she would examin my testicles and if I had an erection she would whack my penis off with a ruler for being rude.
When I was at junior school, my mother encouraged me to do well so i could pass the 11 plus. Unfortunately, she used the old name - she called it the 'scholarship'. I thoght that, if I did well, I had to become a boy sailor and go away to sea at the age of 11!
When I was in kindergarten, there was this talent show where we would dance with partners. My partner was Angela. One day my teacher came up to me and said that Rachel would be my partner because Angela was absent. I had never heard the word "absent" before, and for some reason I assumed that it meant that Angela sat in a dark room all day by herself. I saw an image of her in my mind - it was dark except for an orangeish light. I wondered why she'd want to be absent because it sounded weird and boring.
Whenever I took multiple choice tests in elementary school, I would count up the number of A and C answers versus the number of B and D answers. A and C answers were good, but B and D answers were bad. I would get mad if I had more B and D answers, because then they had "won." I also got excited when I took tests with five choices, because E could help out A and C so that they would triumph over the evil B and D.
I had way too much time on my hands.
Science has never been my forte. In 5th grade it started getting particularly difficult. I was telling my mom how confusing it was to me, and she asked what I didn't understand about it. When I said, "The orgasms and all that stuff" she and my sister burst into laughter. "You mean organisms?" My mother replied. I didn't know what an orgasm was, but I was quite embarrassed.
I went to a private school until the 4th grade, and I belived that kids at public schools had a chain with a metal ball clamped to their shoeless feet as they roamed graffiti covered hallways with passed out junkies on the floor with needles sticking out of their arms. All the kids at public school wore filthy rags and had dirty messed-up hair. The teachers would beat them for no reason. Everytime I got in trouble at school my parents would scream "DO YOU WANT US TO SEND YOU PUBLIC SCHOOL?" I would cry and say no, I would beg them not to send me to public school.