Why does school happen before you’re grown up? There are so many things that I would have valued more now that I’ve grown. there is a book called the People’s History of the United States, by historian Howard Zinn. When I was a rising junior in high school I remember that we had to read this tome (it was a very thick book) as summer reading and write a summary of each chapter. By the end of this assignment I should have had a solid overview of all of the major events and time periods between 1942 and Today. HOWEVER, because i was young and dumb and on summer vacation, I somehow found a way to do the work without actually paying attention to anything. And nowadays I feel like my historical knowledge is a little patchy, so I’m actually planning to read the whole book again!
Just think of the time I would have saved if I had cared more earlier. But I guess you can just never predict when a future conversation about the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is going to make you regret your attentiveness in 11th grade.
I also occurs to me that I should probably look for those summaries the next time I’m home at my folks house.