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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)

I provided wiki links for further explanation.

What are yours?


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  • Aug 24 2013: Gaining Space Original Aug 14, 2013-Revised 8/24/13

    The young man came in and sat on a long wooden bench near the front of the Greyhound station. The Greyhound station’s occupancy limit was about 500. The bench faced the waiting room. A black woman was seated across an aisle in a facing long bench.
    He started to increase his space. He pushed his space out. He got his space up to her. He had been taught not to stare. He could not get his space to stretch beyond her. He thought it was a requirement that went along with not staring, to not stare past a person. The black woman sensed what the young man was trying to do. They were alone in the waiting room. The black woman stood and picked up her bags and went back. She sat down on the farthest bench. As she sat, she gave the young man a slight nod.
    The young white man’s space expanded. The expansion of his space was sudden and empowering. He had the whole waiting room and the black woman in it. The black woman sat comfortably on the long bench at the back of the waiting room. She looked at the young white man. She did not smile. She didn’t mind if the young white man had the whole bus station. She allowed him that. She allowed him more. And she looked triumphant. What a gracious gift she had given the young white man.
    The young man enjoyed the space for a while and left. He had a new ability. He could go into a Greyhound station and enlarge his space. He didn’t know yet which places he could go and enlarge his space. But he knew this wasn’t the end of it. It was wonderful to have the space that had been refused him up to this point in his life.
    I lived this. 'Staring' was a definition that changed. When it changed, there was another way. I could look comfortably and comfortably include a person in front of me without talking. Staring, of course is not looking comfortably, but looking intensely. Better-to have had the difference early.

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