However, the first six years I went to public school, we started every day with ...
* The Lord’s Prayer
* The 23rd Psalm
* The Pledge of Allegiance
* The first verse of “The Star Spangled Banner”.
In Junior High, the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm had been dropped, and in High School, only the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
In Public High School, we had to complete the following in order to graduate from the “College Course”.
US History - 2 years
Western Civ - 2 years
Survey of English Literature - 1 year
English Composition - 1 years
English - 2 years
Foreign Language (I took French and Italian) - minimum 2 years
One year each of the following ...
Solid Geometry and Differential Calculus
And an number of electives, Journalism, Accounting, Computer Math, Public Speaking, Music Theory, etc.
The homework was horrendous, and we were kept very, very busy, to say the least. By the time we were in our junior year, we were SO loaded down with work, some of us were forming study groups. In the evenings, we’d meet in the public library and in each other’s homes. Good practice for college, by the way.
On top of all that, most of us had jobs after school, either in a family business or in a local store or factory. Few of us were going to have the money out-of-pocket to even attend state schools, which were pretty inexpensive at that time, so we had to work after school. Others who had the resources were able to get involved in sports instead of having to work.
We still had time for mischief, especially in the summers after work, but we never tried to hurt anybody or destroy property.
School is nothing like that today.
You sure you got your list right? I never heard of a college humanities major of any school requiring differential calculus.