August 24, 2018 8:04 am at 8:04 am #1579591
Life was so simple back then. 5th through 7th grade was the best years i had i think.August 24, 2018 2:00 pm at 2:00 pm #1579718
What happened in eighth grade that wasn’t as good as the years before?August 25, 2018 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm #1579820DovidBTParticipant
Eighth grade is approximately the time when one becomes responsible for observing the mitzvos.August 25, 2018 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm #1579827
That’s a happy occasion, Dovid.August 27, 2018 7:52 am at 7:52 am #1580354
IDK. Maybe responsibility. Maybe a worse teacher.August 27, 2018 8:24 am at 8:24 am #1580426
How long ago did you graduate high school?August 27, 2018 6:42 pm at 6:42 pm #1580754
I don’t want to go back to 5th grade.August 28, 2018 8:54 am at 8:54 am #1580970August 28, 2018 1:15 pm at 1:15 pm #1581108
5th graders may not have as much responsibility, but they have almost no freedom. Also, the responsibilities that 5th graders do have are just as serious in their lives as adult responsibilities are to adults.August 31, 2018 8:05 am at 8:05 am #1584064
I don’t remember feeling that way back in the day. Nowadays……………………………
Anyway jews never have freedom.August 31, 2018 8:33 am at 8:33 am #1584076
Back in the day? You only graduated 8th grade five years ago!
Jews always have bechira.August 31, 2018 10:19 am at 10:19 am #1584113takahmamashParticipant
Can we not make it 5th grade? That wasn’t such a good year for me; the teacher was great, but I had a bout of laziness that didn’t serve me well. How about 4th grade? That was a really great year. 3rd grade was fantastic; our teacher was Mrs. Wildstein, and she read to us every day from one of Roald Dahl’s books. She turned me into a lifelong reader, for which I am forever grateful.August 31, 2018 1:07 pm at 1:07 pm #1584121Yserbius123Participant
Fifth grade was one of my worst years in school. I moved to a new city and had a hard time making friends. Most of the class was more Yeshivish than me and didn’t understand my pop-culture references (not such a bad thing, in hindsight, but it did make me feel alienated). I hated my English teacher with a passion and the feeling was mutual. It was the first year I realized that I struggled academically and that contributed to everything. There were weeks where I would spend the entire Limudei Chol in the office doing nothing though I was supposed to catch up on homework I missed. After a while, I stopped bothering to tell my parents, though they found out about some of it due to having to regularly pick me up from school when I stayed late to finish class or home work. I loved my Rebbi and learned a lot that year, but he had to leave to his second job in pre-school for the last hour of the day. For that hour, we were graced with a Rebbi who was in the process of quitting smoking and was absolutely miserable. He clearly had no desire other than money to teach the class. Punishment assignments were given out multiple times a day and after a while, so were slaps. In the first day, he assigned a student to take inventory of who had extra homework the day before and when it was due. What that meant was that the first 15 minutes of the hour we had with him were taken up by little Nechemia reading “Yaakov Schwartz, write ‘I will not talk in class’ 25 times. Shmuel Berger, write the first mishna…”, assignments being collected, excuses being given, potches handed out, etc.
It wasn’t all bad. I made some really close friends that year. Like I said, my Rebbi was amazing. Our new house was bigger and more fun to play in. But all in all it wasn’t a fun year.
So no. Fifth grade was not simple. I do not wish to live that part of my life over again.August 31, 2018 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm #1584163DovidBTParticipant
If you could go back to 5th grade (or similar), would you want to keep your present memory and knowledge? That would be weird. You’d either have to act like a child of that age, which would be challenging, or you’d be considered a freak and possibly dangerous.August 31, 2018 4:21 pm at 4:21 pm #1584173
It would be an opportunity to change the world and also possibly win the lottery.August 31, 2018 5:36 pm at 5:36 pm #1584193
I thought some of you guys were still in fifth grade…August 31, 2018 6:32 pm at 6:32 pm #1584197Miriam377Participant
I don’t. My teacher hated me. She stuck me in the corner and left me there all year. I still cry when I think about the neglect I suffered under her “care.” She loved everyone else but for some reason, I was the exception. I learned nothing that year just twiddled my thumbs LITERALLY.May 24, 2021 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm #1977051
I’m also nostalgic for childhood nighttimes.
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