The prompt for Week 43 of 52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy, by Amy Coffin of We Tree, and hosted by Geneabloggers, is: Worst School Subject
What was your worst or least favorite subject in school and why?
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Mathematics was definitely my worst school subject, along with Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry! The whole concept of manipulating numbers seems so complex! Social Studies was so straightforward, and reading and creative writing were fun...but Math just gave me a headache!
However, my 7th Grade mathematics teacher, Mr. Ken Bracy, made Mathematics tolerable. He genuinely cared about his students. He showed his honest feelings when we were in his math class the day that President Kennedy was killed in 1963. We junior high students planned and put on a birthday party for Mr. Bracy, because we liked him and appreciated him so much. When he got married later in life than most of our male teachers, we were delighted! After I had been at the library for several years, Mr. Bracy came to a Genealogy class at the library. Afterwords, I tried to help him with his Rothlisberger roots. I so wanted to connect him to Ben Rothlisberger, but we just never came up with a solid connection. Mr. Bracy passed away on December 27, 2007, after a long battle with heart and kidney disease. You can read his obituary here. Mr. Bracy was well known for his excellent coaching skills, but I will always remember him making math as pleasant as math can be! Mr. Bracy was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.