Thursday, June 21, 2007

School Daze

From Booking through Thursday:
Since school is out for the summer (in most places, at least), here’s a school-themed question for the week:

1. Do you have any old school books? Did you keep yours from college? Old textbooks from garage sales? Old workbooks from classes gone by?
2. How about your old notes, exams, papers? Do you save them? Or have they long since gone to the great Locker-in-the-sky?

Great questions. I have kept some old books from college but not all. Some I sold back to the bookstore. Money was short in those days. I mostly kept literature books. Classics tend not to go out of date. I rarely buy used textbooks as I cannot see the point in owning them anymore.
I also have kept some of my medical textbooks. Some don't go out of date (human anatomy is relatively stable) and some have meaning to me, like my old pathology text book. I keep most of my psychiatry books except out of date study guides. Medical techniques change very quickly as do medications and some of my 1980's-1990's texts are very out of date already. I have a very small collection of medical textbooks from the 19th century which I find quite interesting. One has diagrams of how to make surgical trusses. Not useful but quaint. I should scan and post one or two of these when I get the time.
I have some old class notebooks. I am a bit of a packrat and have them in storage somewhere. Some of my notebooks, especially my college chemistry notebooks were painstakingly organized, highlighted and much studied. Being premed can be tough at times. Since they represent so many hours of work it was hard to throw them out. If they turn up maybe I'll scan a page or two and post it just for grins.
The last textbook I bought was an old reading primer that I bought for its illustrations and with the thought of turning it into a craft project. Here is one scanned page:

Book page scanned

Aren't the pictures cute?


Kathe said...

What a neat li'l book. I've only kept a few books from college, most also being from literature courses. I'm glad I kept those in particular, as my daughter has already made use of them. She was only about 9 years old when she picked up my copy of Four Great Tragedies and read Hamlet for the very first time. I think I'd be a bit concerned though if she picked up Fear of Physics -- the nonfiction selection from my Good Books class. Although it was interesting, it isn't one of my favorites. heh heh

Marianne Arkins said...

I love that old primer! I homeschool my DD, and when she was learning to read, I bought a bunch of the old Dolch books they used to use at school in the 50s. She loved them, and I put them in the hope chest for her kids.

You made me LOL at "Human anatomy is fairly stable." Yup, still laughing...

Thanks for visiting!

cj said...

What a great book to have.

I recently bought a re-issued "Dick and Jane" reader. It's not the same book from my childhood but it has the same stories.

I love it.

Thanks for dropping in and I absolutely love your blog. I'll probably be back.


Betty C. said...

I kept very little -- and wish I had kept more.

Debo Blue said...

Although not school-issued, I still have my first set of Encyclopedia Britannicas from 1971. They are a family treasure, an investment from my father who wanted his children to have something he never had--world knowledge.

takinanap said...

i saved all of the papers i wrote from when i was in college in the '70's. most of them are hand-written, with a few longer, more serious research papers typed, including big blobs of white out.

i wish i had saved my old nancy drew books, but now i am starting to buy up the re-printed old ones and read them again.