Throwback Thursday…in which I realize I’ve lost my high school brain.


I’m a writer, so I tell myself. I spend my time reading and writing nearly around the clock. My writing brain cells must be HUGE! That illusion was deflated the moment my children hit high school age. Now, they are coming home with assignments such as these:

Explain the roles of glycolysis and yields of recharged ATP in aerobic cellular respiration and in anaerobic fermentation.

Consider the relationship between fate and free will in Oedipus, by Sophocles. Are the two mutually exclusive? Is Oedipus responsible for his actions or merely a victim of fate, and how does this influence our view of him as a tragic figure?

Ummmm…yeah. This is where I must face the humbling fact that my brain is not what it used to be. Reading/writing skills ebb and wane according to the type of challenge we apply them to. In high school (or maybe college) I spent my time steeped in this type of technical and literary language. Now? Not so much. Yes, I read plenty of nonfiction when I’m researching, but mostly, my brain is left to its own undisciplined ways, romping freely in fiction land. Lovely, but humbling, when presented with high school material. Sigh.

Do you find that your skills/ways of learning have changed over the years? Would you care to share? I hope I’m not the only one struggling with high school biology! Giving away a Starbuck’s card and signed book this month! 

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jeannie on January 22, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I had this awakening when my son wrote a paper in high school, I was correcting it and he said “no, Mom, it’s supposed to be in MLA format. ” I’m still not sure what that is. Also, don’t ask me about the math. I have certain formulas I have to know for work, but it doesn’t compare to what they’re doing. Thankfully, both of my children have graduated from high school! Woo hoo!



  2. Posted by Valri Western on January 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I laughed and laughed at this post, Dana! I had so many moments like this when my kids were in high school! Fortunately my husband and I “divided and conquered”!!! Math and Science went to dad and English and history went to me! If we still couldn’t figure it out, then “other measures” were taken! My kids turned out to be straight A students so I guess things were ok but they did a lot themselves…..but OH the questions they brought to us….yikes!



  3. I try to tell my kids all the information is there in my brain, it’s just that the filing cabinets are so overstuffed I can’t find it. The upside is I can read an old favorite book and the ending is a surprise again.



  4. Posted by Samantha B on January 22, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I’m still in school and studying to become a high school science teacher 😛



  5. Is that in even in English?? LOL You lost me at glycolysis!!!!



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