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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 6 2011: What should change in schools?
    -Stop treating children as though they are stupid
    -Stop offering all students exactly the same education - consider their abilities and interests instead
    -Stop teaching students skills and knowledge that they will never need and start giving them useful skills
    And most importantly
    -Stop telling schools what they have to teach and leave it up to them and their students!

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