"The American Scholar" By Ralph Waldo Emerson

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American Scholar 2007In today’s society, education is viewed by students mainly as a path which one can follow to join the workforce, but not so much as an experience designed to catalyze self enrichment and understanding. Most students go right on through the school system without realizing what they can get from it and end up coming out of high school as individuals that have acquired large amounts of information, but not knowing how to use it in the adult world. If the high school system in America were to be reformed, I would have the curriculum be based more on experiential learning because that is the way students learn and retain information the best; however there would not be an absence pf classroom learning.Many students are told by their parents that their goal in life is to get a good job and make money. The student interprets this and it effects their high school career in that they only look to get through their education to get a good job, and nothing more. There is nothing wrong with that but my main issue with it is that focusing only on getting through their high school experience detracts from their overall experience of learning for the sake of learning. Having the skills to learn and think for yourself are a lot more valuable than having the skills to just work in one field. Say, you wanted to get a job as a business manager. You go through high school and take a heavy load of math and business related courses, then go to college and get a degree, and then begin your job and make a good living. There is nothing wrong with this process, although you could be getting a lot more out of learning than just learning this one skill. Picture this; you are walking through a garden, looking for one ripe tomato. There are many other wonderful fruits and vegetables around you, but all you want is that one tomato. You get the tomato, walk out of the garden, and enjoy eating the tomato. But the only thing is, you could have gotten many other fruits and vegetables along the way, if you had chosen to, which would have enriched your eating experience. It is very important to look at things around you in the real world too; they will enrich your experience of living and learning in a world full of opportunities.It is widely accepted that the most information retention takes place in experiential learning, rather than learning through lecturing. One reason for this is a student will be more interested and actively learning is they are experiencing it first-hand, rather than if they are hearing a teacher talking about it in a classroom. Take history, for example. A teacher is teaching students about the American Civil War. The teacher is passionate about his subject and wants his students to acquire a great understanding of the war. To make...

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