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If I could revisit / re-run a chunk of my schooling:

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I'd re-run elementary school (or earlier).
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I'd re-run middle school.
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I'd re-run high-school.
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I'd re-run college or equivalent.
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I'd re-run graduate school or equivalent.
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I did it right the first time, no complaints.
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Never did none of that book larnin'!
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If I could revisit / re-run a chunk of my schooling:

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  • by droopus (33472) * on Friday June 24, 2011 @01:46AM (#36551756)

    I'd like to do high school again, but not get expelled this time...... B)

    • by bedouin (248624)

      Really? I was kicked out for the entirety of 11th and 12th grade. Instead of wasting my time in class from 7-3 I had a tutor who would drop off assignments, administer tests, and answer any questions I had for about 4 hours or so each week. I took the same tests the kids in regular classes did and my grades actually improved, plus I had time to do things I actually cared about.

      I ended up finishing undergraduate and graduate school with honors. If I had been stuck in that shithole who knows what prison I

  • by phantomfive (622387) on Friday June 24, 2011 @01:59AM (#36551842) Journal
    College was so much more fun than all the others.
    • by yarnosh (2055818)
      I'd like to do college again simply because it wasn't more fun than all the others. It should have been. None of this part time/jr college crap. I'm getting my parents to send me off to school somewhere.
      • The great thing I've found, is that real life is even more fun than college. I went to Spain a few months ago, and part of the time I stayed in a hostel, and part of the time I stayed in a 5-star hotel. It was great having the freedom to stay wherever I wanted.
  • I'd rerun College because at the time, I didn't know how great I had it.

    Yes, I could barely make ends meet. Yes, I was working a full-time job *and* studying engineering full-time. Yes, I was building up massive debts. I couldn't wait to graduate, get a real salary, and afford to eat and own a car.

    But you know what? I still partied my ass off, climbed up mountains, skiied down them, shagged like a rabbit, and smoked enough weed to incapacitate a basketball team.

    Then I graduated, got a real job, started working 12-16 hour days almost immediately, and eventually gained 100lbs, got married and had a kid. I can't do any of that fun shit now... well, except for skiing.

    If I could go back and tell myself one thing, it would be to enjoy it, stop worrying, and maybe even go to grad school. (Alright, that's three things...)

    • by antdude (79039)

      Well, you could had not gotten married, have kids, etc. [grin]

    • by jwinster (1620555)

      I'm still waiting for the money to eat a car as well :-/.


    • by geekoid (135745) <> on Friday June 24, 2011 @05:05PM (#36560308) Homepage Journal

      You could get a job that treats you like a human being.

    • by Kjella (173770)

      Sounds like you'd rather relive it than redo it. I was all serious during my university years, 19-24. And when not serious, then bum ass lazy. If I could go back in time, I'd tell myself to live a lot more and not act as if it's all a transport leg. I suppose I can't really complain too much because that me set the current me up rather good financially and career-wise, but in retrospect he was an idiot. An extremely smart idiot in a top school with very good grades, but an idiot none the less. I guess both

  • Redo My Parents (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rueger (210566) * on Friday June 24, 2011 @02:19AM (#36551924) Homepage
    My parents never had any idea that post-secondary education could be of any value, or music lessons, or... well anything. Despite what you see in movies, that carries down to children.

    I'm finally trying to get that education, but it's tough in middle age.
    • Re:Redo My Parents (Score:4, Interesting)

      by RobertinXinyang (1001181) on Friday June 24, 2011 @11:28PM (#36564272)

      It is tough going back to school in your later years. Not that the school is tough. if anything, it is easier. I had more life experience to make the lessons relevant.

      However, the degree I received was almost unmarketable (Business Admin). Entry level jobs just are not open to older students and graduates. Further, people look at your resume and see a progression of "work" jobs and assume that the applicant is not capable of any "think and communicate" jobs.

      In my case I have over over ten years of experience in technical service work: fixing large copiers, high volume printers, and the like. Of course I also have the IT training and experience that goes with that skill-set.

      I then returned to college and got my MBA. The result is that I remain virtually unemployable. People who want technical workers specifically DO NOT want people who understand the business side of business; and people who want MBAs' do not want technical experience.

      I happen to know that I am not alone. There are a surprisingly large number of people who have "good degrees" that are, at best, working for near minimum wage.

      I hope you the best; but, if you are thinking of returning to college in, or past, your late thirties, don't quit your regular job. You may, very well, find yourself in the middle where no one will touch you.

    • by dickens (31040)

      It wasn't so much my parents the people, but their divorce and my subsequent adolescence without a male role-model. I switched to a vocational school and loathed the very idea of higher education. (Oddly they were both educators)

      Now I'm almost 50 and getting my B.S. next year. I'm trying to emphasize to my kids how good an idea it is to get a degree while they're young and how hard it is later.

  • If I rerun middle school, do I get to know what I know now and apply it towards middle school?
    Do I just get the wisdom?
    Or am I to just sit back and watch as I go through school?
    • by martyros (588782)

      Yeah, I voted based on "knowing what I know now, I would..." In high school I was not only smart, but had a body reasonably endowed for athletics, was relatively handsome, and fun to be around. But I didn't know that; i thought I was a geek and a dork no one would like, and the only thing interesting about me was my brain. So I acted a bit dorky and hung out with dorks. I also thought that getting A's was all that was required of me academically; and since that didn't take much effort, I didn't spend mu

    • by Xtifr (1323)

      If it's the go-back-and-change-things option, then I'd probably pick junior high (middle school?), but if it's go back and re-run w/o changes, I'm going to shock people because I'd probably pick high school. We moved to a college town when I entered high school, so being smart wasn't anywhere near as much of a social handicap as it had been in Jr. High, and that, combined with the fact that I was able to learn from my mistakes in Jr. High meant that High School was a great experience for me. College would

  • I am guessing that the poll's "college" option is based on the US meaning, in other words equivalent to UK university level.

    In the UK we finish school at 16 but many people go on to do another two years of college and then three or four years of university.

    • What you call a college is actually short for sixth form college []. Many schools also have a sixth form (mine did) so not everyone in the UK leaves school at 16. College traditionally refers to a part of a university. Cambridge, Durham, and Oxford still use the collegiate system as the central administrative structure, but other 'universities' are actually colleges that are part of a larger university: the college in these cases does the teaching but the degrees are awarded by the university. This is true
      • by turgid (580780)

        Scotland doesn't have "6th form" like in England (two years). We have a "6th year" which is the year after 5th year in Secondary school.

        In my day, You could get accepted into university on the results of your "Highers" (taken in 5th year). O Grades/Standard Grades were taken in 4th year (15 to 16 years old).

        6th year was for doing more Highers (I did 5 in 5th year and got accepted into university) if you wanted or things called "Certificate of Sixth Year Studies" which were roughly equivalent to A-Level st

    • by BitZtream (692029)

      In America you get a college education after high school, which would be right around 15-17 depending on your birthdate and other various timing issues. A college is a school, which may be a subset of a university, which is made up of several colleges, or it may be a smaller standalone educational facility that is just a generic higher education or more specific towards a specific career goal.

      For instance, a high school graduate here, could enroll at NC state university, college of engineering ... or at t

  • I quite enjoyed my time at University (in the UK, is that called college in the USA?), and wouldn't mind doing it again. Not becuase of poor results (I did well), just because the experience was great. But selected "I did it right the first time" because, well, I did, and that poll option implies the question is just about trying to get different grades.
    • by Rob the Bold (788862) on Friday June 24, 2011 @10:40AM (#36555518)

      I quite enjoyed my time at University (in the UK, is that called college in the USA?), and wouldn't mind doing it again. Not becuase of poor results (I did well), just because the experience was great. But selected "I did it right the first time" because, well, I did, and that poll option implies the question is just about trying to get different grades.

      "Going to college" in the US generally means attending a 4-year institution that grants Bachelors degrees (but it could grant other degrees, too). You would generally start "college" after a 13 year process of kindergarten, elementary school, middle school or junior high, and high school (these terms vary a lot by region). Most kids starting college at this point are 17 or 18 years old, since most of them started kindergarten at 5.

      Although you could probably get a 2-year Associates degree from "college," a school that only grants 2 year degrees would be called a "junior college," "JuCo," "Community College" or the like. Junior College students also frequently transfer to Universities after 2 years to complete a 4 year degree. There are also 2 and 4 year tech schools that often have "Institute" in the name -- but they could call themselves a "University", too. Funny, right? If you go to "college" you generally mean you're not going to somewhere with "college" in the formal name . . .

      If you're getting your Masters or Doctorate, you'd probably say you were "in grad(uate) school".

      Oh, curiously, most of the schools where you would "go to college" in the US would have "University" in the name. ("Where are you going to college this fall, Jimmy?" "University of Iowa"). A "university" usually grants degrees in more than one field and is made up of more than one "school" or "college" ("school of journalism", "college of liberal arts and sciences".)

      And for the pedants -- and you know who you are -- there are exceptions to everything I've said. There are regional differences I haven't accounted for. There are other educational paths to follow. Primary and secondary education policies and practices vary from state to state. This is not a complete or exhaustive description of higher education in the US. I do not endorse the University of Iowa. Really, it's not my school, it was just an example. No, really.

  • I got cancer in the 2nd Grade, if I could go back, I would have home schooled with my grandmother (she was a CPA, trained to be a teacher) and my uncle (private pilot, instructor pilot, engineer), at least until I got over the cancer, then transferred to a different district for Jr High and High School.

    They wanted me home schooled, but there wasn't a lot of resources back in the early 80s to do it, so I went to a very crappy public school on the Reservation.

    • by BitZtream (692029)

      I hate you.

      I just noticed your nick, so I decided to go read some info on Wyatt Earp ... 4 fucking hours later ... I hate you and I hate the life sucking the Internet can do to you!

      Just kidding of course :)

      I did want to say you're probably the only one who'll post here that would go back for something other than pathetic reasons.

      I'd go back just cause I could take advantage of all the knowledge I have now to have more fun then, others would go back (or wouldn't) because 'i didn't fit in in school and it suc

  • I dropped out during my second junior year of high school. School doesn't work for me. I did well in the honours classes, but I was getting poor grades elsewhere. It was extremely hard trying to get by when I couldn't concentrate, could no longer force myself to keep up on homework, and started falling farther and farther behind. It left me stressed out and depressed all the time.

    After dropping out I began educating myself. I read a lot. The rise of Wikipedia has been wonderful. I miss having a teach

    • Dude. I really thought you were trolling, lauding Wikipedia and taking a jab at school. I am confused, but will say that if you don't have the perseverance to grind out a college degree or at very, very least a high school diploma, there is very little chance of being able to hold down a job of any sort of complexity. Self control, forecasting, setting / reaching goals, name it...these things seem trivial, but play a vital role in any career.

      Joke is on me if I missed the whoosh...joke is

      • by bky1701 (979071)
        Posts like this piss me off.

        Education is not supposed to be endured to prove you could do it to a future manager. If that is why you are advocating it, you ought to be locked up. As a country we do not spend billions of dollars on universities and schools to give HR a brain-dead method of "weeding out" people. We spend those billions on the idea (but I say lie) that education somehow helps the person going through it. Either way, though, it proves nothing. You can very easily have self-control and all th
        • People like me earned scholarships, degrees, jobs, and income. We too think the American education system is awful, but played our hands regardless. I earned a math degree; I didn't cheat.

          My wife and I still live in the town of our alma mater. She is a CPA and I develop banking software, in a setting with a gigantic talent pool due to the university. Honestly, between that and this sluggish economy, it is tough to get a job mowing lawns without a high school diploma. We have paid off our college debt

          • by bky1701 (979071)
            I am in the process of getting a degree. The problem is that I shouldn't have to waste my time on it, and the state shouldn't have to chip in a large amount just so I can prove a point. Degrees have nothing to do with actual education and prove nothing at all if everyone is getting one anyway. It just becomes an institutionalized way to waste money and time which should be going to actual production of goods, or actually helping people.

            I would compare it to advertizing - one company spends a million on T
          • You earned a degree; it came with some knowledge. I earned some knowledge; it didn't come with a piece of paper, but I'm OK with that. Please don't treat me like I'm freeloading, though. I also put years of hard effort into cramming knowledge into my brain.

            The degree shows that you can grind through years of tedium imposed by a bureaucracy. I'm not knocking this - it's a valuable capability which I do not have, and which is essential in many jobs. I avoid those jobs because it won't work out well for

      • Nope, no joke.

        In school I was bored out of my skull. I'd read the book, I'd get it, and then every day it's just busywork trying to drill the concepts into me after I already got it. Sure, the slowest guy in the class needed it, but it was /killing/ me. Why should I keep pursuing that path? I switched to one that works for me: buy the books, work at my own pace. I passed the GED with high marks a few months later.

        One problem I have in higher education is when I don't know enough to realise I'm only lea

  • My GCSE's? Great, 6 A's, 3 B's. Only guy in my year to get A's for english lit and language. My degree? Great, 1st class honours in EE. In between, my A levels. Chemistry, Physics and Maths - complete, utter FAIL!111! I blame the education in women, music and drugs I was having at the time (which had its own merits)... Still think about going back just to do my Physics A level...
  • I got expelled from high school three times, so that's as far as I got, but my experience was that schooling is anything but "book learning". The books you could read were censored and academic work mostly consisted of regurgitating what you were told.

    • by 6Yankee (597075)

      "regurgitating what you were told" was my beef with English Lit. We'd be given a book, and I'd read it cover to cover in a day or two, chew it over for a week, and form my own opinions and interpretations. Those were almost always different from the "official" ones in some companion book that I refused to read on principle.

      Needless to say, I scraped a marginal pass every term, and I'm sure that's only because the teacher didn't have the heart to fail me. But I deeply resented, and still deeply resent, being

      • by BitZtream (692029)

        some companion book that I refused to read on principle.

        And what principle is that? That no one elses opinions or ideas on anything matters but your own? Or is it that they could not possibly have a different view point than your own? You know all there is to know about what the author of the book was thinking when the wrote it? Clearly you must if only your opinion is the one that matters.

        Of course, you refused to read it ... so how the fuck do you know what they were thinking? Did you or didn't you read it? Doesn't go both ways, they are mutually exclusi

  • Would I have done some things differently in hindsight. Maybe. But it made me who I am, and overall I enjoyed a pretty good education combined with enough goofing around. I wouldn't want to do it over again, I'd end up making the same choices probably anyway, because of who I am.

    • by rwa2 (4391) *

      That's why I voted Elementary school, just because they had recess.

      Really sucked coming to the US after a few years in an international school abroad, only to find out that they had gotten rid of recess, and none of the kids actually played schoolyard games with each other anymore.

  • by methano (519830) on Friday June 24, 2011 @07:52AM (#36553346)
    If I could do college again, I think I would drink less, and maybe study for that math class I still dream about. You know, the one where there's an exam tomorrow and you don't remember ever having gone to class.
    • by rotide (1015173)

      I've been having a lot of similar dreams lately. Mainly, I'm back in high school/college and it's coming up on finals. I step into a classroom with a week to go realizing I've never shown up to that class. You get that futile feeling that it doesn't matter how much you cram, you missed all the course work and have a 0. No hope.

      I did just get transferred to a new project at work, maybe it's my fear of not being qualified or whatever that's got my subconscious freaking out.

    • by pclminion (145572)

      You know, the one where there's an exam tomorrow and you don't remember ever having gone to class.

      That's almost exactly like my dream. Except it's not math, it's 7th grade English. And in the dream I'm my usual 31-year old self. And I pass the test, because of course a 31-year old can pass a 7th grade English exam. Also, I'm naked.

      But still, pretty much same dream.

    • by BitZtream (692029)

      That wasn't a dream. You never did go to that class, it interfered with the parties and drinking.

    • I actually did have almost that experience. I turned up at school one morning during my A-levels to revise for the exam in the afternoon, and then discovered that I had an exam for a different subject - that I thought was still a week away - that morning. My performance wasn't exactly stellar in either exam.

      At university, I discovered that I did better in exams if I was relaxed. This had a much stronger correlation with success than how much I had revised. I adopted a strategy of stopping revising fo

  • I'd rerun my life since age 9. Not because I don't think my life up till now was bad or heading the wrong way, but simply because I'd have a way different stance to any bully getting pissy with me and a few other trials coming my way. I'd also take on a different responsibility towards the things I do and approach. I'd probably also be able to handle the divorce of my parents better yet.

    Oh, and I'd handle my art training differently, more self-aware and I'd cash in big on the first dotcom craze by building

  • grade school: homely
    junior high: ugly
    high school: fugly
    university: ugly

    If I had to choose it would be grade school since it was the least torture.

  • For me it's college. I found my passion and career 2nd part of my freshman year when I walked into the "computer room" at my school. Just a bunch of terminals hooked to a PDP 11/45, but writing my first program in RATFOR, learning C, Pascal and assembler was a blast. Unfortunately I was also struggling with some mighty personal issues at the same time and dropped out my fourth year. It was easier then to get a job in IT without a degree so I started from the bottom and have done okay to date.

    These days I

  • High School was tough for me. I moved to a rural area after living in a city suburb, my freshman year, and so I knew nobody, was shy, and the kids weren't really inclined to be friendly, and I was plenty awkward. I was one that didn't fit in. I would love to redo those days just to have the confidence that I was on the right path by putting my education about all the distractions and popularity contests that were ongoing in that time. I think of all the kids like me that were just wanting a little friendshi

    • by BitZtream (692029)

      High School was tough for me. I moved to a rural area after living in a city suburb, my freshman year, and so I knew nobody, was shy, and the kids weren't really inclined to be friendly, and I was plenty awkward. I was one that didn't fit in.

      Other than having moved ... you were no different than anyone else in high school ... EVERYONE is shy and feels awkward and thinks they don't fit in. You weren't unique, you just weren't as good at faking it. It was no harder for you than anyone else. Trust me, you aren't special, I never attended a full school year in the same school until my senior year of high school.

  • Are we talking about going back into the past to rerun school, or being 16 again in a modern highschool with todays technology?
    I figure I would get better results in essay type subjects if I could use a computer wordprocessor, than I could back in the 70's when I had to write by hand.
    However going back into the past with todays knowledge would be useful, you could bet on sports, invest in the stock market etc and make yourself very rich. Who cares about schooling.

  • I loved my college experience at RIT. I learned a TON of stuff and had great teachers, classes, and classmates.

    But was it worth my grandparents spending my inheritance, my parents getting a second mortgage and the government saddling me with $50k of my own student loan debt? NO! I'll be lucky if I can afford to buy a house before I'm 40.

    Never go into debt for your education. Never ever ever. It is not worth it. I could have done just as well at the community college.

    • by artor3 (1344997)

      I went into $80k of debt at RPI. Paid it off in under three years, and am now living quite comfortably on a six figure income with no debt in my mid-twenties. It's well worth it if you go to a good school for a valuable major. As with any investment, you have to consider what your ROI is going to be. If you're just going to school for the parties, don't. You can go to plenty of parties in the Real World (tm), and they're a hell of a lot cheaper.

  • by Teunis (678244)
    PTSD from crap that happened to me in elementary school.
    I'd so redo it if I could. Differently. And not in that bloody school.
  • But I wouldn't mind redoing what I did after school.

    I spent so much time being bored that I could have spent learning to work on cars, shooting, camping, rock climbing, performance driving, playing guitar - all the hobbies I now try to spend my free time doing that I hadn't developed yet when I was in high school.

  • Riding the bus sucked and I didn't do no learnin in skool anyhow.

  • My high school had a program where you take most of your senior year at the local community college. Between that and AP classes, you can graduate high school at 17 or 18 with the first year and a half of college already done.

    Oh how I wish I'd done that!
  • I'd redo middle school when I was knowledgeable enough in electronics then to build what I build now (15 years later) that people seem to enjoy, and possibly programming but that took off in highschool anyway
    • by EkriirkE (1075937)
      This, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with education as it was public school, but more for more personal motivation to use my self-gained knowledge.
  • Do I get to retain what I know now? I guess it doesn't really matter. I'm going to say Jr. High/Middle School, as that's the set up for everything else you do in life. Nobody cares what you do in grade school. Paste eaters get moved on just as much as early readers. But outstanding students in Middle and High School get to basically print their own tickets. Access to better colleges, more money for better colleges, better jobs, etc. Plus, it's right around the same time I got my license, and I would
  • Easy one. I would have danced more, not been socially awkward with girls, punted accounting for sewing class and told off assholes when they deserved it instead of taking it and .

    That being said, I'm pretty satified with who I am now, so I can't really complain.

  • In high school, we had an agreement with the local university that you could just take classes there, for free, no hassles. They have since changed that, but it wasn't until I was in Calculus 2 my freshman year of college, and a high school junior was in my class, that I realized how stupid I was for not taking advantage of that.
  • Hm. If I had all the knowledge I had now, I'd say none of it. Because that'd be boring. I'd already know everything I was being taught, but I'd still have to be in the classes? Even if I just skipped the classes themselves, that'd screw up a LOT more than it'd help, I'd think. I'd probably wind up a smug asshole and alienate even the few friends I had then.

    But, if it were more similar to taking me, with my knowledge of the time, and re-running it with only a few slight hints from my future self (like,

    • If I had all the knowledge I had now, I'd say none of it. Because that'd be boring.

      Why? If I went back to university with the knowledge of someone with a PhD in computer science, I'd enrol in a course like economics or philosophy, or something else just for fun, as well, do all of the CompSci coursework for a term in a single weekend, and graduate with two degrees.

  • Me, I'd do it all over. And stay the hell out of any schools. Over the course of my "education", I became completely disillusioned with the whole formal education system. Crappy teachers who either didn't care about, or didn't know about their selected disciplines, teachers who let their personal biases lead to gross negligence in their teaching (my biology "teacher" was a proud member of the Promise Keepers []. I leave it to your imagination, gentle reader, to picture my evolution education...), math teac
  • High school was a bunch of bullshit. The only thing good I got out of it was a love of English. Other than that the only thing I learned was how to turn a wrench on a lawnmower engine and dissect a freaking worm. not even a damned pig fetus. I learned computers on an ancient XT with two 5.25's and typing on an ibm selectric 2. I had a 486.

    The most important learning I did was at home with the door closed while I learned how to fix computers and built the basis for a (so far) lifelong career. Oh, and gradua

  • I'd redo high school and have the balls to try and bang everything in a skirt. Barring a Scotsman of course.
  • You mean I'd be young again for 4 years? Bring it on!

  • You are not on a rehearsal. Anything (or anyone) that you don't do today, you will regret tomorrow, or in ten years, or in fifty years. You will look back and say "Oh, if only I were 15/20/25/30 again." Wish away, there's no restart.

    Do it all, do it now, and tomorrow will take care of itself.

  • My mother taught me to read when I was 4. My father taught me basic arithmetic when I was 5. I was eager to start school. Then I found out that school wasn't a place for learning but a place for pain and humiliation. We sat with our chairs in a circle while the teacher tried to teach the idiots to read Dick, Jane & frikkin' Sally. I was excruciatingly bored, so I wrote a note to a girl sitting on the other side of the circle. Of course she couldn't read it so gave it to the teacher. It was trace

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