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Should we force kids to learn material they don't show interest in?

As a college graduate I was thinking about how much material I have studied in all of my educational career and then promptly forgotten after the test. Is it a waste of time to try and learn something you are not interested in? To what extent should we allow educational autonomy?

There are a lot of different ways to be intelligent. Memorization and regurgitation are just one small facet.

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    Feb 6 2013: I think education system should be reshaped.
    We live in age of information, so information changes faster, that educational programs.
    Teachers that teach children are from other times, i mean "it was like that then".
    12 years i was learning my language and i nearly passed out exams.
    But there was no english in my school and i have learned it somehow, without education and learning, also other languages.
    Schools should teach children how to think, not what to think. Focus on critical thinking.
    I had problems in my school and were learning only what was interesting to me, for example not try to learn geography,history (we move forward in life), music, math in higher grades (*when i don't understood what can i calculate with it), literature (*our national is boring) wanted chemistry, but teacher had problems explaining things to all children.
    Weird thing is that i had average grades in school, but when we done IQ test, only one guy from all had same score as mine, well he had best grades in school.
    So i think in reality, we get infromation that we need from everywhere, so school should only build logical thinking and brain will do the rest of work.
    Schools should teach only scientific (biology, anatomy, chemistry, physics, math, astronomy) and make it interesting, also english and grammar, other should by by choice.

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