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What are classes would you offer to today's students to help improve their education?

What classes would you add a options to all students to help them learn?

I came up with a few:

1) Reasoning- Reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, applying logic, for establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing information. It is closely associated with such characteristically human activities as philosophy, science, language, mathematics, and art, and is normally considered to be a definitive characteristic of human nature. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reason)

2) Learning-Learning is acquiring new, or modifying and reinforcing existing, knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may involve synthesizing different types of information. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning)

3) Critical thinking-Critical thinking is a way of deciding whether a claim is always true, sometimes true, partly true, or false.( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_thinking)

4) Active Listening- Active listening is a communication technique that requires the listener to feed back what they hear to the speaker, by way of re-stating or paraphrasing what they have heard in their own words, to confirm what they have heard and moreover, to confirm the understanding of both parties.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_listening)

5) Study skills-Study skills or study strategies are approaches applied to learning. They are generally critical to success in school, considered essential for acquiring good grades, and useful for learning throughout one's life. There are an array of study skills, which may tackle the process of organizing and taking in new information, retaining information, or dealing with assessments. They include mnemonics, which aid the retention of lists of information, effective reading, and concentration techniques, as well as efficient note taking. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studying)

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  • Aug 9 2013: Hi Robert, great question. I've been an educator for 17 years and I've never been so certain on a response to your question. First, I believe what you're asking is more related to skills rather than coursework. With these skills students become the leaders of their own learning. Ironically, the skills of organization, reading, writing, inquiry, and collaboration aren't new. To ensure these skills are taught with fidelity becomes the issue, thus the nationwide focus on improving our methods of evaluating how well we practice the art of teaching.

    The art and science of teaching has become much more deliberate in this generation, much more than ever before. The need for this? Because our world is changing, and changing faster than ever before. The questions around what students should learn in school is shifting to questions about HOW and WHY students can and should learn and how can students learn to learn if that makes sense. Provocative topic. Thanks for asking the question!

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