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93 yo getting Bachelor's in history, events he lived through, honorary doctorate
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Wow, his long and hard journey to getting his degree!

Quote:Mr. Mann, who is 94 and received a bachelor’s degree in history last year from Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., agreed that when it comes to being old as opposed to feeling old, the numbers don’t always add up the same.



Quote:Last year, Mr. Mann became the oldest person to graduate from Mount St.Mary College. The college also awarded him an honorary doctorate this past May. At 93, he drove 80 miles round trip twice a week for nearly two and a half years to accrue the 30 credits needed to obtain a degree he had started working on in his 70s, while he owned another home in Tequesta, Fla. He racked up 60 credits at nearby Palm Beach State College, and 30 more at Florida Atlantic University, before finishing up at Mount St. Mary.

“We studied many historical events like World War II and the Vietnam and Korean Wars, but this was stuff I had actually lived through,” Mr. Mann said. “No wonder I aced most of my exams.”

He just got married. I saw this in https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/fashi...dding.html and there may be other articles about him. This article is about the marriage, but also about each of their accomplishments. 
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Good for him! Wait, am I the only person thinking there is something wrong with this story? Why was he taking U.S. History? He should have been teaching U.S. History!

Years ago there was a story about an elderly student taking U.S. History. When they got to the part about the Dust Bowl, she described what it was like living through it. As I previously posted, I thought U.S. History 2 CLEP test was easier than the U.S. History 1 CLEP test. Conventional wisdom says History 1 is easier than History 2. In my case, I remembered events on the History 2 test. Who was my History 2 teacher? Walter Cronkite in black and white! (Young readers, find someone with gray hair to explain this to you.)

I also previously quoted Ronald Reagan "Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying."

So, fellow older students, what are we going to do when we are even older? Video teaching will be even more prevalent. Shall we band together and teach U.S. History online? I've also thought about enrolling in a brick and mortar U.S. History class when I'm 95 or 100. "That's not exactly how it happened..."
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There are people my age who I wouldn't trust to teach history 60 years in the future because they don't even know what's going on now.
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(08-13-2017, 04:07 AM)sanantone Wrote: There are people my age who I wouldn't trust to teach history 60 years in the future because they don't even know what's going on now.

TRUE THAT!
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