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Jordan Reeves

TED-Ed Community Manager, TED Conferences


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What's one thing you wish you had learned in school?

Maybe it's not your traditional math, science, social studies, or arts and humanities class--maybe it's something different. If you could learn one lesson in school, what would it be?


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    Nov 2 2011: I would start by quoting Mark Twain here: 'I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.' Is it not so true?

    The most important things in life one has to learn via experience, personal approach to someone, trial and error, failure and success, by being patient and listening to grandparents,....

    I would like to put one more quote here, which may seem to oppose the first one, but not necessarily. John Wooden said in his last speech for TED: 'No written word nor spoken plea, can teach our youth what they should be. Nor all the books on all the shelves, is what the teachers are themselves.'

    But again, we are getting into personal experience rather than learning from the books. It does not need to be a teacher. It can be any 'hero of today,' the only condition is that there is something to learn from the person.

    If I had to name one thing I wish I learned at school it would not be how much is 2+2, nor how many verses there are in a sonnet, but it would have been to be myself, to do what I love, to have a passionate life.

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