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You had almost an identical experience to mine. I despised every minute of my ninth grade biology class. It was an endless string of vocabulary memorization.

9th grade biology was the only class I ever flunked in high school. Like yours, it consisted of memorizing endless lists of phyla, byla, dyla and schmyla. I couldn't be bothered, because after all, you can open a book if you need to know one of those specific and arcane names.

I have no memory of evolution being covered, and I think I would, since I have been fascinated with it ever since hearing the concept. Geology is another which I find pretty entracing, but only from a "macro" perspective, I care not to memorize the various types of minerals and rocks which are found in strange geographies, although I recognize (as with biology) that the micro parts of the facts are what lead to the understanding of the macro events in the field.

I still don't think you have to memorize that labradorite crystals are formed within certain specific temperature ranges under only the following particular conditions. I'm glad somebody does, but I don't need that granularity of knowledge to understand how the components fit together to form a unifying overall theory.
 
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