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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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  • Dec 1 2011: I wish they taught us how to fight. I'm sure everyone is going to flame me for this, but the fact remains that I got my ass handed to me every single day in school for not being Italian like everyone else. It was always at least 10 on 1, and I know that there are techniques (i.e. krav maga) for handling these situations. But ultimately, no matter how bad I was beaten, I got suspended for defending myself. I perceive this as criminal (at worst) and downright cruel at best.

    I am now in my late twenties, in college for the second time, and have failed remedial math for the third time, or will this semester. The tutors have no patience for me because I simply never learned math. Everything I learned in life I learned on my own, by doing. You generally don't "do" math in everyday life so yeah, I guess you could say that I didn't learn much. I've presented sales forecasts at business meetings, but that's about the extent of it. Besides, what in god's name is this X^2/(((((-(-((((1x)))))))))))) garbage all about??? I can't possibly foresee a use for that nonsensical garbage in real life unless I were an architect or something, which I will of course never be.

    /Don't ever raise your kids in NYC.
    //Why do they send cops to school on D.A.R.E. day to show kids suitcases full of drugs? That was the week that EVERYONE started using marijuana. Had they simply never talked about it, that stuff would have come at a much later date instead of 6th grade.

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