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#1 Rhea

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 09:09 AM

If you could have changed one aspect of your education, what would it be?
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#2 Anastashia

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 11:11 PM

View PostRhea, on 14 November 2010 - 09:09 AM, said:

If you could have changed one aspect of your education, what would it be?

That things wouldn't have come so easy to me in the school system I attended K-12. In many cases I don't think they knew what to do with me. For instance, when I was in 4th grade they used those programed math books where you gave your answer and then slid something down to see if you had the right one. Well at least the first three were. The next two books were just textbooks that they kind of just handed to me and basically said. "teach yourself"
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#3 Rhea

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 12:38 PM

I know what you mean. The public school system seems least able to deal with the brightest students.

I was stunned when I got to college and actually had to study. :p

Edited by Rhea, 17 November 2010 - 12:39 PM.

The future is better than the past. Despite the crepehangers, romanticists, and anti-intellectuals, the world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better. With hands...with tools...with horse sense and science and engineering.
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#4 Raina

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 12:00 AM

I would have added some financial planning and investment courses. Now I'm learning about stocks and investing from my dad, but sitting around the dinner table chatting about it doesn't beat having someone standing at the front of a classroom, talking about a chart for an hour. And I really don't know much about financial planning; I think the only reason why I've managed to avoid getting into debt is because my parents have helped me out and I live relatively cheaply anyways. But if I had had to pay for all of my university myself, I would have been at a loss as to how to budget.

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#5 TomFoolery

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 12:04 AM

I would get my degree come hell or highwater.  I dropped out 15 years ago, and now I'm regretting it.

Edited by TomFoolery, 06 December 2010 - 12:04 AM.

If common sense were common, everyone would have it....

#6 Elara

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 02:53 AM

I would change K-12, as well.
I would have asked that they actually teach me. Instead they taught me the same as they taught every kid and that simply wasn't enough, nor useful, for me. In language skills, I was better than my classmates, I could read and write in kindergarten. I should have been encouraged to go on beyond the grade I was in. If they had, I could have been taking college level courses in Junior High.
In math, I was better than average in the early years, they should have pushed me there, as well. Instead of teaching me basic math over and over, they should have started teaching me algebra at an earlier age. If they had, algebra would have come easier, instead I struggled. Still do, and I have two algebra classes to go for my degree. ~ugh~ Not so sure I will accomplish the feat.
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#7 Raina

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 12:09 AM

View PostElara, on 06 December 2010 - 02:53 AM, said:

I would change K-12, as well.
I would have asked that they actually teach me. Instead they taught me the same as they taught every kid and that simply wasn't enough, nor useful, for me. In language skills, I was better than my classmates, I could read and write in kindergarten. I should have been encouraged to go on beyond the grade I was in. If they had, I could have been taking college level courses in Junior High.
In math, I was better than average in the early years, they should have pushed me there, as well. Instead of teaching me basic math over and over, they should have started teaching me algebra at an earlier age. If they had, algebra would have come easier, instead I struggled. Still do, and I have two algebra classes to go for my degree. ~ugh~ Not so sure I will accomplish the feat.
I feel the same way. All through elementary and highschool, I felt like I was being held up in math. I managed to get good grades, even if I was just half-paying attention in class and not studying that hard (with the exception of Grades 11-12). Then I got to university and struggled with advanced statistics and only passed calculus by virtue of the bellcurve. If they had let me advance based on my math ability rather than my age, then I could have at least been introduced to calculus and taken some more advanced statistics in highschool, and I wouldn't have struggled so much with it in university.

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