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Claire Dillon

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What can be done to get the most out of one's schooling? What would you change about your education experience?

From other people's opinions and my experiences in the American Midwest, it seems most schools focus on their students' test performance and few classes prioritize true, authentic learning. I was disappointed when the classes I took during my first year of college -- or perhaps the aspirations of all but a fraction of my classmates -- were a continuation of this mindset.

I think I'm missing something and would love to hear your thoughts. What can students do to get the most out of their education? What do you wish you had done differently, if anything? Is this something I have to discover on my own? Thanks in advance for your insight.

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  • Aug 30 2011: I think, more than anything, we have to encourage the sense of curiosity and creativity in our kids. If we do that, and try to keep them engaged - finding the things that interest them to drawn them into learning - we spark a desire to learn in our kids that lasts their whole lives. I've been amazed to see just how much young kids can do and accomplish on their own - and how empowered they feel when they have to figure it out themselves without parents getting involved. I have volunteered for years with Destination Imagination as a volunteer coach (great organization!) and when the kids sign that Declaration of Independence that their solutions and creations must be KID POWERED - no parental involvment, they actually cheer! and are excited to read their parents the rules of no intervention. And they have amazed me each and every year.

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