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Jordan Reeves

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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 10 2011: At ten years old, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up and, foolishly perhaps, expected my schooling to support my ambition to be a chef, a writer or a photographer ...preferably, all three. Fast forward six years and, by the end of secondary education, my greatest aspiration was to get a job at Marks and Spencer because I deemed it slightly more upmarket than the local supermarkets. As for my childhood dreams, they were well and truly laid to rest and my folly redirected to run-of-the-mill pursuits. So, at school, I wished I had learned how to trust my instincts, believe in myself and acknowledge and appreciate my talents. Instead, somewhere along the line, I fostered the belief that I was stupid; a belief so deep-rooted that a Masters from one of the top universities in the world couldn't shift it. State education in the UK, from what I gather, is designed to churn out people devoid of any high-falutin ideas of making it big in this world and to make you feel incredibly foolish for even entertaining the thought that your talents have any worth. Me?...bitter?...er, yeah.
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      Nov 13 2011: This is so true! I spent 10 years or more "unlearning" what schools really taught.
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      Nov 14 2011: " I wished I had learned how to trust my instincts, believe in myself and acknowledge and appreciate my talents." I second that.

      Please see my post at about 3:30 PM, Nov 14.

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