This morning I was having a conversation with Nora about her AP European history class, and it got me thinking about my own experience taking the same class about 25 years ago (yes, kids, they did have AP classes back then). Mainly it reminded me that I can’t remember much at all about the class. I remember lots of facts about European history, but I can’t track any of them specifically to that class. But it also made me wonder if I would have thought about that class at all if it hadn’t been for Nora taking the class now.
On the other hand, I seem to remember my other AP classes from high school better (in case you’re not familiar with the US high school curriculum, an AP class is a “college-level” class that’s taken during high school), even though Nora hasn’t taken any of those classes yet. So maybe some other factor is more important in determining what we remember from our childhood.
We might have an opportunity to find out with a Casual Friday study. We’ll ask if you can remember your teachers’ names from each grade in school, and then we’ll ask a few questions about yourself — whether you have kids, how old they are, and so on. If enough people respond, we may be able to suss out whether having kids helps or hinders memory.
You should respond whether or not you have kids — we need all sorts of respondents in order to compare the results. The study has about 15 questions; it should take about 3-5 minutes to complete. You have until Thursday, November 20 to respond. There is no limit on the number of responses.
Don’t forget to return next week for the results!