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Aries Eroles

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Do you think we still need school?

We have many drop-outs that became successful. Well, to say it safer, there are who became successful in life that did not enjoy education in school.

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    Mar 8 2012: For the record I am a high school physics teacher. You need to consider the larger functions of a school. It's just as much about social development as it is education. As the teacher I feel it is just as important for me to model appropriate adult behaviors as it is to educate. My job is to guide a twelve year old on the journey to being able to interact with other adults when they leave at 18. Bill Gates might have better interpersonal skills if he had finished school.
    • Mar 9 2012: In no disrespectful manner do I intend to offend you nor am I trying to play a game of wits with you because you are a physics teacher, but my teachers haven't been the people I necessarily choose go to when i need help with becoming an "adult". Sometimes I do have teachers I feel are very good at what they do. I am a physics student taking a class for engineering drafting at the moment. He is probably one of the teachers I would go to say I admire, if I had to pick anybody on my college campus. Still, I wouldn't go so far as to say he is somebody that I would use to learn more about how to become an "adult". I think that is something that I have learned from myself. I learn by mistakes so trial and error will teach me how I should act as an adult. At the same time, I will come across people who I will probably gain advice from on mistakes they have made and when a mistake like their is presented to me I will know what not to do. I do not wish to know how to avoid every mistake because that is a part of my learning experience at the same time. Through the decisions I choose to make will mold me into the person I want to be. I do not want to live in someone's elses image either so instead of looking to the next person for guidance I enjoy doing what I think is best. I go to school because it is important for my future. I have to get a job so I'm going to school so I can make sure I can make a living for myself. That is what I use school for.
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        Mar 9 2012: I agree in the end you are really on your own. Once again I can only speak from an australian perspective but, many of the kids I teach spend more time with teachers than any other adult. Both parents working full time and all. If you don't find your teachers helping with your social development then I think you need better teachers. Although most of what i'm talking about isn't conscious on the part of the learner. As social apes we naturally mimick the behavior of those around us whether we want to or not.

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