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Old August 13 2010, 02:52 AM   #1
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Things that have Changed Since You were in School

The Triceratops / Torosaurus debate that was making the media rounds recently got me thinking about long-held theories and concepts that were taught when I was in school that have since changed.

Notable examples include the official recognition of the mariner's longstanding tradition of there being a distinct Southern Ocean and the debate over the classification of Pluto. I was still in school during the breakup of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany, and the end of the Cold War, or else I would include that as well.

So what are some significant examples of things you were taught that have changed since you've left school? If you're still in school you can participate too, though we might get angry at you for making us feel old.
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Old August 13 2010, 03:18 AM   #2
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That Canada has ten provinces and two territories. Now there are three.

That somewhere in the world was Carmen Sandiego.
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Old August 13 2010, 03:31 AM   #3
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Along the dinosaur route, I remember when the Brontosaurus existed. Then they were suddenly like, "Nope, Brontosaurus was never actually a dinosaur." And I was sad.

Pluto is the obvious one. Still kind of annoyed about that.

I actually just learned about the Southern Ocean on the TrekBBS a few months ago. I had never heard of it before. I also learned that different countries have different ideas of how many continents there are; I always assumed that was a universally agreed upon concept.
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Old August 13 2010, 03:33 AM   #4
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Brontosaurus became Apatosaurus, and it is unlikely that Stegosaurus used its plates for protection -- how would they have sex?! I teach my students when we go to the AMNH that Stegosaurus used his plates as a body heating/cooling system: the plates had blood vessels in them, bad for armor, but good for laying flat in the sun to warm up, and standing up in the wind to cool off.

When we study dinosaurs I also read them the fantastic book Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!, which is great fun.
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Old August 13 2010, 03:35 AM   #5
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Oh, didn't we learn that some dinosaurs also had feathers?
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Old August 13 2010, 03:38 AM   #6
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Oh, didn't we learn that some dinosaurs also had feathers?
I didn't, but I teach that now.
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Old August 13 2010, 03:39 AM   #7
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Old August 13 2010, 03:45 AM   #8
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Re: Things that have Changed Since You were in School

1] Pluto was still one of the nine planets

2] Brontosaurus was still a real dinosaur. I just learned a few posts back that apparently, no, Brontosaurus was not a real dinosaur. In rebellion, I have screamed at all of my "Land Before Time" movies, crying "Why? Why did you lie?!"

3] The only kids who had cell phones were the ones with rich parents.

4] In science, it was still taught that the universe would have the Big Crunch, and then another Big Bang.
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Old August 13 2010, 03:46 AM   #9
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Oh, didn't we learn that some dinosaurs also had feathers?
I didn't, but I teach that now.
I meant, "Haven't we learned that since we were in school?" I certainly never learned about feathers when I was little.
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Old August 13 2010, 03:50 AM   #10
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I graduated in 1999, and at that time, the idea of feathered dinosaurs was starting to become popular.
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Old August 13 2010, 03:52 AM   #11
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Well, I definitely didn't learn anything about dinosaurs after elementary school, so that's possible.
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Old August 13 2010, 03:54 AM   #12
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I graduated in 1999, and at that time, the idea of feathered dinosaurs was starting to become popular.
In 1999 school shootings were popular...don't remember anything in 1996 or before.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbi...chool_massacre

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shooting

There were some 1996 and before...but

ok 4 in 1996 and only 3 in 1999.
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Old August 13 2010, 03:59 AM   #13
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The Berlin Wall
The Soviet Union
DvD's
Cd's
Home video game consoles improved beyond the Atari
My school became the most infamous high school in America.
There were no Star Trek Spin Offs outside of the animated series
We have gone from the 5th Doctor to the 11th on Doctor Who
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Old August 13 2010, 04:43 AM   #14
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Records, cassettes, and VHS are virtually gone.
CDs aren't far behind.
The 8 track is now something to record upon.
There was one father/son pair and one father/son pair only to be President: John Adams and John Qunicy Adams; now there's George Bush and George W. Bush.
Hillary Clinton is no longer from Arkansas.
No new Star Trek currently on TV (TNG premiered when I was in 5th Grade).
Nixon, Ford, and Reagan are dead.
Doctor Who is back on the air.
Prayer in schools is a no go, but creationism is part of state curricula.
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Old August 13 2010, 05:06 AM   #15
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Re: Things that have Changed Since You were in School

In first grade, we had a Dinosaur Week where the entire elementary school got together and pained a huge dinosaur mural on the playground. It felt cool knowing that a piece of me would be there forever as a reminder for future students.

It lasted 5 years before they tore up the playground to add an addition to provide new office space, and they build it right on top of where our mural used to be.
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