Thinking back on your education...what would you have changed about your educational experience?
Consider the things you, as a student, aided in your success or failure to complete that educational need. This would also put in consideration any negative peer pressure or teachers that might not have given you that special attention that was needed, when you were required to attend public or private school.
Looking back I just wish I'd taken the whole thing a little more seriously and had a plan for where to go/what to do when it was over.
If I might ask you.... what made you feel that you did not take it seriously.? I am a former educator, and I am looking to research what could have helped students on a whole to achieve their success. Thanks for answering my question.
I wasn't a party animal or a screw up, but I didn't have much of an idea of what I wanted to do or where to go after college was over. I did the work but I wasn't really headed towards any kind of goal. I wish I had figured that out beforehand..
My own attitude. That was the biggest part but also learning more about study skills, that is HOW to study.
I'm incline to agree with FatFreddysCat.
I never really took school all that seriously especially grade school through high school. It was something we were forced to go to.
There was a lot of social "games", bullying, and "politics" involving the various cliques. Most of the classes being taught never felt like they had any real world relevance. I've never had to use Algebra, chemistry, or a whole host of other subjects taught in school to do my job effectively.
I also think there is an overall assumption that grade point averages are a reflection of intelligence instead of possible (lack of effort)! When people don't "care" they don't put in much effort!
I suspect there have been many students who've taken multiple choice exams and started filling in A, B, C, D, or E without bothering to read the questions! Whether the child scores high or low you have know indication what they (know).
To be honest with you I was never aware that we were "competing" for top G.P.A. Had I known I would have chosen not to take classes like chemistry, physics, geometry, or trigonometry. In my era they didn't give you any extra consideration for the "level of difficulty" for one's class curriculum. Someone taking a basic math course and earned an A while another took Geometry and earned a C meant the basic math student had a higher GPA.
I could have "front loaded" my GPA with less challenging courses.
However I believe the biggest failure with high school education is it does not spend enough time teaching students things they could use like personal investing, stock market, real estate, banking/loans for business.
Juniors & Seniors should have local company representatives come in to talk about careers and requirements as well as have field trips to their locations and along with a tours of a major college campuses.
The best way to inspire students is to dangle "the promise of tomorrow" in front of them often. One of the main problems with youth is immaturity.
When we're young most of us lack the vision or mindset to think beyond NOW. Going to school just for the education alone is not a key motivator.
If you could show kids that school can lead to financial success and inspire them by having successful people come speak to their classes or tour a mansion odds are you'd have more kids taking school more seriously. They would look at as a stepping to stone to accomplishing their financial goals rather than something they (have to do). This would be especially helpful to underprivileged students whose parents may not have degrees or high paying jobs.
Looking back I wish I would have planned out my class schedules better and I wish I would have asked more questions. My mistake was getting to my third year and see that none of the classes I needed to take were available at all because they conflicted with each other. I ended up having to take a semester of "junk courses" to maintain a full time status while I waited to take the courses I needed the following semester. Of course this pushed my graduation date back a semester however it did help my GPA. If I would have asked more questions or had a better guidance councilor than perhaps things would have been different but I guess I can't complain about where Im at today.
Thank you for bringing your thoughts about education to my question. I must ask did you get the choice of careers you really wanted? From your answer it appears that you feel you are very successful at something in your life.
Ladyblue - YEs everything worked out as planned and am happily employed in my career choice. The only issue was delayed graduation due to class scheduling
I would have changed many things.
(1) I would have not tried a cigarette or got caught smoking in 3rd grade. (2) I would not have let my school place me into typing in 9th grade when I was immature and did not see any logic for learning typing. Thus, I would not have been kicked out of typing and suspended for hitting the teacher. (3) I would have studied one hour before I fell into a deep peaceful sleep to enable that material to churn in my grey matter all through that sleep-time building into my memory. That is, instead of cramming so much!
(4) I would have stayed in touch with my History teacher, Doc McMurtchy before he passed on and discussed my Pilgrim and American Revolution ancestors.
(5) I would have completed my undergraduate degree in engineering at the University of Minnesota, Duluth instead of where I ended up.
(6) I would have completed my doctorate in Forensic Psychology near Langley instead of Educational or School Psychology in Florida.
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