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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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  • Sep 5 2011: Theres too much pressure on schooling. Not everyone can do as much the gifted kids. Your education is your education. Learn what you have learn to complete the task that is put infront of you in life.. If you want to kill people learn to kill the best way you can if you want to save people learn the best way to do that..
    It takes 6 hrs a day for everyday for a thousand years too truly master anything or you can do is go on the journey and hope that what you learnt makes your path.... easier.....

    when i was at school i never tried, never once did a peice of homework. i mean i payed attention in class but anything above that i didnt do, never failed a test under 60%. I couldn't commit myself when i was a teenager there was too much external factors that cause to much havoc on my soul. when school finished. i realized it doesn't matter what you learn at school its just the commitment any employer cares about. but still everyday i study. to reach enlightenment.
    The journey is the most important thing a peice of paper at the end that most people dont even use properly.
    i wish i was in a military school just dedicated to learning so i couldnt be distracted. discipline is what i needed. but kids now days take discipline at a insult to them and think its unfair. Life is fair thats the problem.
    if your education isnt doing it for you then stop and learn something else.

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