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What's your opinion on school?
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Posted 7/26/14
The problem I found with school is that it's compulsory. You're stuck in a room with ~30 kids, with a bell curve of those who want to learn.
The 2-3 at the bottom end who really really don't want to be there can ruin it for everyone else.
When it's a privilege rather than an enforced duty, students appreciate it more.

In my day, school leaving age was 15. School got so much better when those people who didn't want to be there left. And those who didn't had to behave or they could be much more easily kicked out.
I'd _lower_ the school leaving age to say 12-13, and have a graduation exam which says you know how to do the 3 Rs.
Admittedly, there's the problem with bad parents pulling their kids out ASAP to put them to work even when the kids would like to continue studying.
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it was ok. I was in the drama crew so i was around pretty cool and down to earth people. I hated everyone else at school though. i was the guy who was always nice and yet hated by everyone xD
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Posted 7/26/14 , edited 7/26/14
My opinion on school varied on subject, the type of teacher and level of education I was at but to sum my opinion up into 4 different periods of my life.

Elementary School: Generally didn't like it but went along with the flow. (Alittle hard to remember though)

Junior High School: Absolutely hated it.

High School: I had my ups and downs and thought it sucked my first two years. Things improved after I started my Junior year though and I became more involved in extra school activities.

College: Despite transferring out of my first school after a year and half, I overall enjoyed my college experience. I liked the flexibility and the kinds of people I met. I can't say I made the best choice as far as academic field as it hasn't helped me at all in the REAL world.

I see further education as important (albit not vital) to my future success. I'm currently making a career track change and know that I will have to take additional undergraduate courses eventually, especially if I want to pursue my Master's.
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Posted 7/26/14
Depends on the dynamic of the school. I hated my highschool, but loved going to Job Corps.
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It's kind of a love-hate relationship.
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For high school, it depended on the subject and the classmates. I generally hated the classes where students blatantly disrespected the teacher, and then left the class telling everybody how much of an asshole said teacher was (even though they were the one's being attitudinal dicks). However, if I was in a class where the people around me genuinely wanted to learn, it was great. I particularly loved the days where the class discussed anything as a whole, and we'd spend the entire period debating and swapping opinions/ideas/etc.

College is a bit mehh with discussions. With auditoriums being filled with students, it's a lot more difficult to get your ideas across. It IS a nicer setting to meet people though. I grew up in a small town, so by the time high school came around there was a definite group of friends you kind of stayed with the entire time, and everybody knew everybody. When I got to college, it was refreshing to see new faces.
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Posted 7/27/14
Personally, school is really boring. My last two semesters at college were way too slow for me and I hate taking general education classes that just feel like I'm retaking my high school classes. College kind of sucks in regards to graduating when you switch states. I recently found out that the vast majority of my completed classes in AZ do not transfer as credit for CA. Even the general education ones. I've learned all that I need to but because my credits didn't transfer my major will remain incomplete and I don't get a degree unless I take another year of GE classes again.

Sorry for the rant, but my high school years were boring and I don't remember much of that. College was fun when I was taking the classes I wanted, but the GE classes were all boring.

Thankfully the field I'm going into doesn't are about petty degrees, all they care about is if you can do the work or not.
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Posted 7/27/14
I like it because of the allowance College is difficult for me so i don't really enjoy school. (how would I enjoy school if even though I study so hard i get low marks? LOL)
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Posted 7/27/14 , edited 7/27/14
Education is everything. I wasn't a great Middle and High School student; I had terrible grades because it was just all so boring to Me. But after I got clean and Sober and was able to actually get into the University of Kentucky and apply for their Medical School I began to realize just how important education and Schooling is to oneself. So in the end, it may be tedious and it will definitely annoy You from time to time, but it is definitely worth every single bit of strife and sorrow that may come with it. <3
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Other than being able to see my friends from time to time, i really hate it. im dreading the start of school in september ugh ajfdgarjhf
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Posted 7/28/14
Teachers can be morons, so can fellow students.

Sometimes they teach educational things, sometimes they just do things to get by in the day that's a waste of time.

I much prefer going to college than school, I feel like I'm actually learning and my teachers/professors actually give a darn.
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College > state school > military/private school...

College is much more liberating. I have negative and strong opinions of high school, but that's just because I started a $h*t storm with the administration and staff by divulging their improper allocations of school funding (which resulted in a trend of acceptance for substandard mediocrity), and for expressing antithetical political views. The whole affair taught me that it's better to just shut up and subdue any extremism, lest you want to be forcibly moved to another school, have baseless rumors spread about you, barred from wearing certain articles of clothing, and have any chances at the colleges of your choosing threatened.

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These are my issues with the general public education system. I can go on for pages so I'll make this quick:

1) The encouragement and reinforcement of creative and elaborate though process is almost nonexistent, at least in the U.S. school system

2) Memorization is prioritized over both the comprehension of the concept on a deeper, more analytic level, as well as general and useful application of said knowledge, a mistake considering most problem solving skills (which schools often emphasize on teaching us, even though they don't) requires the latter kind of thinking. In my own belief and experience, deep comprehension often leads to easier memorization anyways.

3) Lack of courses involving practical skill when dealing with the real world. Understanding how finances work, understanding how to pay bills, understanding the loan system, insurance, taxes, or even public speaking are neglected in the school system and subjects we do learn oftentimes have only specialized utility in society (limited to certain careers).

4) In the U.S. especially, the poor quality of our foreign language department. Foreign languages should be promoted and used on a daily bases before the age of 7 when a child is more apt and capable of learning a foreign language (according to most developmental psychologists). The method of teaching foreign languages is hardly effective either and once again prioritizes memorization over application or understanding of the overall use and/or concept.

I can go on, but I've rambled enough...

Also, middle school was some of the worst years of my entire life (albeit one excellent teacher), mostly due to my peers.
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Posted 7/28/14
I definitely agree with those saying schools focus too much on teaching 'knowledge' rather than teaching skills. That said, I miss school a lot. I miss hanging out in the biology labs with my friends every lunch time, playing cards, talking about stupid stuff.

I felt like University was a waste of time - like over the course of 3 years I learnt what I could have learnt in 1 year. Most of the course material was repetition, only going into slightly more detail (Having learnt about the lac operon in biology GCSE and A level classes already, it was taught to me again in first year at uni. And again in second year. And again in final year. With a little more detail each time).

I did learn two things at uni though:
1. How to write an essay (I'd been rudimentarily taught in school, but never really 'got it')
2. Research is awesome.

So overall, even though it was slow and boring and I didn't really apply myself 100%, it was worth going to uni for me, since it was a prerequisite to the PhD I'm starting in October.

To be fair, I also learnt a lot socially at uni, but I might have learnt these things in other environments anyway? Hard to say.

So tl;dr I loved school, hated university (until I got to my research project in final year)
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Posted 7/28/14 , edited 7/28/14
I totally love it. Though, finding an otaku is like finding nemo, and some bitch pisses me off. They'll end up crying if I scold them, full of drama and cheesy girls -_-
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