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What's the most important thing you learnt at school

 
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"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death". -- from All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum



Funny enough, there's something I find important to most of the people but the schools never teach...will come back to this thread later. Now I gotta say good night...sleeping pills never worked on me, but the Strafgesetzbuch does.
[ January 18, 2005: Message edited by: Ellen Zhao ]
 
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1. question what you're told
2. problem solving
3. how to safe my ass from a lawsuit
4. success really is happiness
5. see spot run
 
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The most important things I learned at school where:

* Exams are memory tests not ability tests. Don't bother trying to understand it, just memorise what the examiner wants to hear.

* I learned how to do the minimal amount necessary to avoid being in trouble (this took a long time to un-learn when I moved from school to university).

* I learned that bad-guys quite often do get away with it.

* I learned that its better to be the best friend to the leader of the gang then to actually be the leader of the gang.

* I learned that its a lot easier to avoid a fight than to win one.

and most importantly

* I learned how to play cards, one of the most useful social functions that a person can have.

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I've just realised that I wrote all of that under the assumption that "school" referred to pre-university education, but in some parts of the world it refers to university as well. At university all I learned was that I know a much smaller percentage of the things there are to learn that I previously thought I did.
 
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Originally posted by Joe King:
The most important things I learned at school where:



... clearly learning how to spell was not one of the things I learned at school.
 
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schools never teach how to date. I wonder whether all the schools consider this is of no importance for individuals. In fact successful dates definitely boosts students' efficiency on learning and failures on date might bring mental stress. Alas, schools never teach how to date.
 
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The most important thing I learned in school was how to avoid a wedgie.

The most important thing I learned in geek forums was how to flame people for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It helps me cover the painful memories of the wedgie days.
 
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In high school I learned that adults (teachers) can be petty and spiteful.

When I challenged the notion of evolution, my biology teacher became incredulous. She was antogonistic towards me for the balance of the year. I was a bit taken back by her attitude. Up until that point I supposed adults to be open minded and willing to discuss varying ideas. I was a sad day in my life.
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The most important thing I learned in school was:

Don't talk to hookers with walkie-talkies.
 
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