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Question Valuing Education - August 8th 2011, 06:25 AM

I value education so much. I will complain about a lot of work, but I do value that I have the chance to learn. One of my friends a year behind me in school just asked me about the teachers she has for this upcoming school year. I told her that she'll learn a lot in these teacher's classes, be thankful you don't have this teacher, it was a cake class, ext. It was on her Facebook page, I told her that she should be happy with her lang. arts teacher, the teacher I had taught me nothing the entire year. I would rather have to do more work rather then no work at all. I had to sign off then, and when I got back online later a lot of people had commented on our convo. Every single one of them was calling me a nerd, not just playing, but being rude about it.

So I have question, when you were fourteen did you value education, were you called a nerd for it? Have you always had a thirst for knowledge, is it new, or have you never had it before? It seems like no one my age shares my love for knowledge, at least no one I know. And that like really sucks. xD
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Re: Valuing Education - August 8th 2011, 06:32 AM

Naw dude, I slacked like crazy. I had just joined my first band and just played drums all the time haha. Now, my life is work and school, and I love it. Mind you, I go to university for drums... But you know, education is good. I study a lot of stuff outside of drums. Theology, educational theories, politics, and philosophy.

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Re: Valuing Education - August 8th 2011, 07:43 AM

I was a really good student when i was 13/14, and then just got kinda lazy :P I think as i got older I started getting interested in other things, and like Thomas said, started spending more time on things I was more passionate about. Don't get me wrong, I still went to school everyday and did my work, I just didn't particularly love it! I enjoyed the subjects I was good at like english, but maths etc I couldn't care less about. I'm at university now, studying something I'm interested in It sucks that people were insulting on facebook. Good for you that you enjoy your education! You'll do better at school than all the others, and get an awesome career! Try not to let it worry you..as you get older you find that your friends get more mature, and the fact that you're good at school will probably make them respect you. You could even get part time work tutoring younger students.

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Re: Valuing Education - August 8th 2011, 08:56 AM

I was always the "geek" in my year, just learn to ignore it or laugh about it with them. It does help. I've kinda had it hard since uni and slipping a bit but trying is everything
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Re: Valuing Education - August 8th 2011, 06:40 PM

At 14 I was beginning to deal with some personal stuff that distracted me A LOT from school and of course there were things about it that I didn't like, but school is school and there will always be things that you hate about it. I wasn't a nerd or made fun of for doing well though because all of my friends were the same way. There were some things we were forced to learn about that I absoluetly hated and I procrastinated like crazy; probably because I knew that I could do so and still get A's and B's.

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Re: Valuing Education - August 8th 2011, 07:51 PM

I have always valued education.


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Re: Valuing Education - August 9th 2011, 07:51 AM

When I was 14 I hated school. I laughed at my friends for being good at at their work (nerds! right?).

I was really terrible at school. To be honest, I think I was just insecure because I felt so dumb compared to my friends.

Then last year I put in some effort and realised I could actually do it. Now I get really good marks and often get the 'nerd' label thrust upon me. Embrace it, I say! Having been on both ends of the spectrum, I can gladly say I'd much rather be on this end, with a future, than on the other end, feeling stupid.

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Re: Valuing Education - August 9th 2011, 09:06 AM

When I was 14 I was competing with my friends for highest marks in the class. I usually ended up between 1st to 4th highest. I was called a nerd but I embraced that term as a compliment and still do. Anytime I was called a nerd, I would tell the person it's not an insult because they're saying to me, I'll be the one earning a shitload of money while they'll be working a menial job or hoping they'll get rich from basket-weaving or tossing a ball around. I wasn't thinking, "I hope I'll get into an amazing university on scholarships" (which I was able to do) but I found the stuff interesting and sometimes easy.

As I said, my friends also valued education so any time one of us slacked off, the others would pull the person up. My parents value education quite a lot and when I was 14, I'd get rewards for high grades on tests and exams, usually money, chance to decide which near-by restaurant/buffet to eat at or decide what we were to eat without leaving the house.

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