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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: What if your teacher had stated before a class that one thing you would be taught that day was going to be a lie. But you would not be warned which fact.
    Maybe there would be group discussion to try and deduce which was the lie, maybe the final exam will be to demonstrate why the information is false.

    I may not be explaining this well. But growing up (pre-internet era) there were these trusted controlled sources of information right: textbooks, experts, national newspapers, authorities, compendia...
    You went to school, sat attentively in class and you absorbed and hopefully came out the wiser!
    With the explosion of information and opinions and sources in this century, that trained instinct of passive obedience suddenly feels dangerous vulnerability.

    If I wish anything, that critical thinking and (healthy) skepticism had been a larger part of my syllabi.

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