I was told that I couldn't take Latin. The school system only allowed students who were going to be doctors, lawyers, etc. who used that language could take it. The rest of us took formal Spanish. No one I ever spoke Spanish with, outside school, understood most of what I said. My parents told me years later they thought the rich kids ook Latin, and the rest of us took Spanish. I don't know myself. Typing the same, only girls, and at community college, women, could take the class. My sister wanted to take shop in high school, they wouldn't let her, she wound up in home economics. Our mother taught her to cook better than that class did. I grew up on the poor side of town, and we were also a military family. One school principal actually told my parents and I that was the real problem, poor and transient. At university, I decided what electives I was going to take. I took a class in AutoCAD, two anthropology classes, and one archaeology class. It took some convincing the advisor on my part, but I did take them. Most every where I have lived people were shocked I read books not required by class. Not sure of the exact numbers, but my siblings decided about 20 years ago i had read around 8,000 to 10,000 books. Retina problems since then slowed me down. I cannot read a 300 page novel in 3-4 hours anymore, but I still read.