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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Deep Thoughts: I wish I could go back to high school.

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I want to go back to high school.

No, not to tell off all the people that made fun of me.

I want to go back to high school because I want to learn the things I should have learned while I was there.

Allow me to explain...

 Paul and I have been watching Jeopardy. It's a great way to learn new material, but it is also a great reminder of all the things you should have learned/remembered from high school.

So many times there will be an answer where I think to myself, "I remember learning about that in high school, but I never actually learned it." It didn't interest me back then. Now? Well now, I am interested!

I'm curious about things I simply wasn't curious about when I was a teenager. There's so much I want to know! I want to read some classic literature. I want to learn French better. I want to understand math.

What I need to do is keep a pen and paper with me while I'm watching Jeopardy and jot things down I want to learn more about. Because by the end of the episode, I can't even remember what it was that interested me.

Are there things from high school you wish you remembered?
Are you more curious now than you were when you were younger?

17 comments:

  1. Pretty sure I'd like a high school re-do. I would have paid more attention in Biology for sure, especially since I feel like I'm continually learning about my body. I would just like to do it without the high school drama, lol.

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    1. High school drama... so horrible.

      Everything I remember from bio is like plants and animals and stuff. I even took anatomy but again, I wasn't interested at all. Too bad I hadn't retained all the info as it would have helped me on my personal training exam!

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  2. I think there are so many opportunities now that you could do or continuing doing to keep learning, so I wouldn't want to go back. I do always kind of wish I would have paid more attention to american history class. I'm a lot more curious about that now than I was then. But there is a wealth of info out there so if I was motivated enough I could research now!

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    1. History is certainly fascinating but I definitely didn't think so 15 years ago. I want to make a point to keep learning now. Hopefully this summer I can make the time to keep up with the uke!

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  3. I wouldn't want to go back for the social stuff, but the learning, sure. I find with my kids I get to review and relearn a lot of the stuff (freshman, 8th, 6th)--especially history. There are also 2 podcasts I listen to, "Stuff you should know" and "Stuff you missed in history class"--A fun listen...(But I am geeky like that!)

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    1. I listen to both of those and I love them! Geeks unite!!!

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  4. This is SO true! I feel like there is so much more I should know at this point of my life and think "Did I learn that in high school"?

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    1. It's so hard to remember everything! Especially if you don't use it in your day to day life.

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  5. Sometimes I think we "do" school wrong. Most teens aren't interested in the important stuff they need to know, but as adults our natural curiosity comes out and we want to learn and research, often on our own, and we're smart enough to learn it on our own most of the time. I have no idea how to fix this phenomenon, but I definitely see it as a pattern!

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    1. Maybe we're smart enough and know how to teach/learn thing on our own due to all the schooling we had!

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  6. I have zero desire to go back to high school!!!
    I actually loved school when I was there and loved learning:)
    Lately my 16 year old son (10th grader) doesn't totally see the value in all that school has to offer and I keep telling him that one day he will wish he had applied himself a little more - maybe he should read your post:)

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    1. Yeah have him read it!

      I had no desire to learn math/history/science. I was more into English, band and choir... which makes sense because I ended up majoring in music and now that is what I teach.

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  7. I can relate to this SO much!!! My husband and I are actually at opposite ends of the spectrum because I was a high achieving student in high school and college, and he just got by (not applying himself very much), yet I can't remember anything from high school and he is a walking encyclopedia. He always jokes how he could have been a 4.0 student if he would have applied himself - but he cared about other things too. When we watch Jeopardy my jaw drops almost every time at what he knows. However, now he is one of those people who loves the Discovery Channel, History Channel, and National Geographic. He loves to learn now more than ever. I am along for the ride and enjoy it as well, but don't thrive off it like he does. :)

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    1. That is awesome that he has such a desire to learn! I think we all enjoy learning in different ways. And it doesn't have to be "book smart" type of stuff either.

      I definitely did not apply myself in high school either. I just got by. I did apply myself in college, but I think that is because my major was so focused (music) so I sort of had to. Plus I knew it would have a huge impact on my getting a job someday.

      I guess I shouldn't beat myself up too much. High school is 4 years. Life is long. Even if I didn't learn as much as I could have then, I have many many more years of learning head of me!

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  8. I just wish I could have seen the value in being there. I was so miserable most of time, I couldn't focus.
    I do that a lot - I will think I need to read more about____ or write that down, then an hour later I have no idea what it was.

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    1. That is a good point- there is so much more going on in high school that distracts us for learning!

      Plus I think as teenagers it is hard for us to think "Oh I better learn this now, I will be glad I did someday." Teenage brains just don't THINK like that. Heck I don't even think my brain thinks like that now. When I want to learn things now, it's because I simply am curious.

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  9. I have felt the same way, but mostly about college, because I actually PAID to be there. I still learned a lot, but I wish I would have applied myself more. I skipped class a lot and half-assed homework assignments because I knew I could still get good grades. But I really regret that looking back. I wish I would have immersed myself in the experience of getting an education more, instead of just doing what I needed to do to get the heck out of there and move on with my life. Because I really did like being in school, even if I did start to feel restless by the end. But hey, hindsight is 20/20, right?

    What you've said reminds me of the quote "Youth is wasted on the young." It's the great catch-22 of life that we are supposed to get our educations when we are young and still developing and it's hard to focus, but once we are mature enough to want and appreciate the education, the ship has sailed and all of that is supposed to be behind us so we can focus on working, working, working and churning out kids.

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