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What could high schools do to improve college readiness for their students?

As a high school student i have noticed that teachers always seem to stop their lessons to let kids copy down notes, they give them too many instructions on how to do things, and do not give enough space for students to think for themselves. In my opinion things like this severely hurt these students because when they enter college, reality hits them square in the face and they all of a sudden have to grow up and think for themselves in a short amount of time. So what could be done in high schools to get kids to think more for themselves and rely less on others?


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    Oct 3 2011: High Schools could improve critical thinking and problem solving skills. Most of the time in high school reading classes you are only looking for literary elements of a story and are hardly ever asked to look more deeply in to the story. This topic is brought forth in Francine Prose's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Can Not Read". In math you are very rarely asked to rearrange an equation to fit you need. Usually you are just given the equation. That's a problem with China's educational system. They teach them facts more than the critical thinking and problem solving skills that are so high valued.

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