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What I Have Learned From My School Essay


There are so many great lessons we all learn from life. I personally made a list with some of the most important ones so far, lessons that had a great impact in my life. These lessons have helped me become the person I am today. I know there are more to come and I am ready, opened and receptive to them all.

15 Powerful Lessons I’ve Learned From Life

There are so many great lessons we all learn from life. I personally made a list with some of the most important ones so far, lessons that had a great impact in my life. These lessons have helped me become the person I am today. I know there are more to come and I am ready, opened and receptive to them all.

Enjoy 🙂

1. We get treated in life the way we teach others to treat us.

People will treat you the way you allow them to treat you. Respect and love yourself and others will do the same.

2. There are no mistakes, only lessons we need to master.

If you learn from everything that happens to you, you will discover that there is no such thing as mistakes, only lessons to be learned. Ans if you don’t, chances are that your life will look at 40 the same way it did when you were 20. And at 60 the way it looked when you were 40…

3. Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself.

“Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself, to be at peace, to be happy and to be able to sleep at night. You don’t forgive because you are weak but because you are strong enough to realize that only by giving up on resentment will you be happy. If you hold on to poisonous thoughts like hate, anger, and resentment toward someone, you will end up poisoning yourself more than you poison the other person, and you will be very unhappy.” ~ 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

4. What you resist, persists.

What you focus on expands and what you resist, not only does it persist, but it also grows in size. And if you want to shrink something and make it disappear from your life, you need to stop feeding it by fighting against it.

5. Life is all about the journey and less about the destination.

A lot of times we get so focused on our big dreams and goals, that we forget to enjoy this journey called life. Always remember that life is all about this moment. Life is all about the journey and less about the destination.

So take a deep cleansing breath and allow yourself to be present in everything you do. Allow yourself to enjoy each second of your life – to observe the world around you, the people present in your life and the beauty that is present within and all around you…

6. People deserve a second chance.

The moment you forgive somebody, chances are that you will also give them a second chance, a chance to be near you, without trying to remind them of what they did to you, treating them not as they are, or as they once were, but rather as you want them to be. By doing this, you are also allowing them to grow and to become better and better every day. Your ego might tell you to “let these people go” but what does your heart tell you? We are all humans, we all make mistakes, and we all deserve a second chance, and why not, maybe a third, fourth, a sixth and a seventh…

7. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will.

Don’t expect others to see gold where you can only see dust. If you don’t believe in yourself, if you don’t believe that you are capable, a worthy human being, chances are that nobody will. You will act on that belief and people will treat you based on what you think about yourself, based on how you treat yourself and based on how you act and behave in the world.

8. Our attitude toward life will determine life’s attitude toward us.

If you think life is unfair, and that bad thing always happen to you, chances are that life will treat you unfairly, and you will always have many reasons to complain about.  Because just how there is a law of gravity, there is also a law of attraction, and based on this law, you attract in your life that which you think about all day long, you attract that which you are, because you see, like attracts like.

9. If you love yourself, chances are that others will love you also.

It’s all about self-love, it all starts with self-love. If you don’t have the love for yourself, how can you expect to get it from somebody else? Love yourself and others will love you also.

10. The world has plenty of information but not enough inspiration.

If you think about it, now with the technological revolution, we get access to so much information. Let’s take for example a tiny chip. How much information can you store on it? Isn’t it incredible? We have more information than ever… but when it comes to inspiration (in- spirit) I would say that we have a deficit. We focus too much on the outside and not enough on the inside. We can’t seem to understand that it all starts from within. If the inside is a mess, the outside will also be a mess. Listen to your heart, listen to your intuition and know that: “The only real valuable thing is intuition.” Albert Einstein

11. The world won’t change if you don’t change.

You hear people all the time complaining about how crazy the world is and how they want it to change, but if you tell them to make the first step…: “What? Me? Do you think there is something wrong with me? I am perfect, there is nothing I need to change. These people are crazy and they need to change, not me! They are the ones who are destroying us all, not me… Those bastards!” 

You see, the outside world is a reflection of who we all are on the inside, and all this madness that is taking place around us, is a result of our collective consciousness, and unfortunately it’s a very polluted consciousness. It’s not just them, it’s us, us all. If we want the world to change, we have to start with ourselves and trust me, there is something wrong with many of us. With you, with me, with he and she…

12. Loneliness is different from solitude.

There is a difference between being lonely and being in solitude. When you are in solitude, you take advantage of it to get in touch with your inner self, to meditate and to quiet your mind, and that constant need to be around others in order for you to no longer feel lonely, will disappear. Wayne Dyer talks about this in such a wonderful way, saying that we can never be lonely if we like the person we’re alone with. If you like yourself, if you have no problem with your own person, if you have accepted yourself completely, you will be content with having some quiet time, away from all the noise. You will feel happy when alone and also when surrounded by other people.

13. The more we express our gratitude, the more things we will have to be grateful for.

The law of attraction works in all that is good and also in all that is bad, and it’s only up to us whether we choose to focus our attention on the negative or on the positive. Focus your attention on the many great things you have and you are grateful for, and you will see that the more you do that, the more reasons you will have to express your gratitude for.

14. Patience is a virtue.

In order for things to happen, in order for anything to happen, we need to be patient. We first plant the seed of greatness and then we wait for it to grow, we allow it to grow; we take care of it and we protect it. Great things take time and we need to learn how to give time, time.

15. Courage is not the absence of fear.

Fear, that crazy fear who won’t allow us to move forward, who won’t allow us to grow and transform our lives and of those around us will always be present in our lives. Even though many of us know that fear does not exist and that fear is only in our mind, we choose to be paralyzed by it and we choose to allow it to control our lives, our dreams, our goals and the level of our happiness.  Fear will be present whenever you want to stretch, whenever you want to get out of your comfort zone and whenever you want to do more, be more, have more. What we need to do is look beyond it,  and always be aware of the fact that most of the things we fear never happen, because FEAR is nothing more than False Expectation Appearing Real.

~love, Luminitađź’«

What is one lesson you have learned from life that completely changed and transformed you? You can share your insights by joining the conversation in the comment section below 🙂

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When I began blogging here at Huffington Post in January, I hoped that in addition to sharing my own thoughts on educational issues of the day, I might be able to provide space for the voices and experiences of teachers and students. Like many (but not all) bloggers who post on this page, I write from the perspective of an outsider. Yes, I taught middle school in Chicago for many years, and I still work with practicing teachers in my graduate classes. But I no longer spend the bulk of my days in K-12 classrooms.

We stand to learn a lot from young people and adults who do.

A couple weeks ago I received an email from a former student who now teaches at an alternative high school in the Chicago suburbs. She wrote to share an essay that one of her students, Liam Burns, had written. Liam is 17 and has attended three different high schools. He's struggled, he says, because he detests the "rigorous bureaucracy of the typical high school setting" that forces students into prescribed boxes and standardized ways of thinking. His essay touches on themes I highlighted in a post last month about the damaging impact of corporate-model education reforms. As Liam sees it, schools don't encourage imagination or individuality in students -- instead, they demand conformity, obedience, painting inside the lines.

What I've Learned in School

By Liam Burns

I have learned a lot in my 12 years of compulsory schooling: I have learned that creativity has no place in the classroom. I have learned that it's not really the student but the grade that counts. I have learned that the American education system is a rusted, malfunctioning machine, rewarding only those who march in line and keep their mouths shut. This is the system that determines our livelihoods, and it's in dire need of repair.

Whenever a system is put in place, it is usually good practice to look at how said system affects those within it. The students themselves must be Primary Concern #1. The current method is to put all the children to the same standard: everyone's equal, everyone's the same. The problem with this mindset is the simple fact that we, as living, thinking beings, are not equal. True, we all deserve equal rights and equal opportunities, but that is where the similarities end. The expression about snowflakes comes to mind -- none of us is the same as anyone else. So why is our educational experience based on the tragically misguided assumption that we are all, in fact, the same?

It is a psychological fact that everyone learns in a different way. There are visual learners, kinesthetic learners, fast learners, slow learners, short learners, tall learners. Trouble is, schools only acknowledge one or two of the endless array of learning types. When teachers teach the children all the same way, only a small percentage are getting the proper attention to their own unique style of learning. The result is that certain students excel while others fall behind, with no accurate representation of actual intelligence.

The work a student puts out is a direct reflection of his or her personality. Someone who finds dates, times, formulas, and quotes mundane and tedious would not spend their time filling a paper with such things. Conversely, someone with no concept of a world outside their own would not waste time trying to convey a fictitious event. However, when time comes to do an assignment, only one of these minds will be where it belongs; the other will be lost in strange territory. This is because the grading system has been set up like a checklist. Instead of gauging the quality of the work, teachers grade the assignments based solely on specific, narrow criteria.

The grading method used by schools is called "Standardized Assessment." This is the defining problem in the American school system today. It gives all the students the same assignment with the same guidelines, regardless of who the student is or whatever individual quirk might need compensating for. Any divergence from the guidelines means either lowering the child's grade or failing them altogether. This strict adherence to the rubric leaves absolutely no room for variation, which limits creativity to a fraction of its potential.

In my sophomore year, I was told to write a 5-paragraph essay about the Civil War. It had to touch on the topics of slavery, equality, and patriotism. Since I abhor writing like a textbook, I was not excited about writing this paper. However, instead of blowing it off entirely, I modified it into something that would make me actually want to do the work. The result was a 5-page short story about a Confederate soldier named Jakob, who struggles with the idea of killing his countrymen. I hit every required topic and put in 3 solid days of work. When I handed in my paper, confident that my effort would make me a star in my teacher's eyes, I was told to redo the assignment according to the guidelines. With no time left to write an actual paper, I copied and pasted five paragraphs worth of Wikipedia. That paper got a B. The point here is that all my hard work went totally unnoticed for the sake of "sticking to the plan."

So what does all this mean for future generations? Eventually the standardization process will take full-effect, turning all children into unoriginal blobs of gray goo. Feelings of inferiority will increase in children and teens, leading to different methods of self-correction. Some will find that simply changing their work habits is enough to bring them up to the so-called "standard." Others will not be so lucky. Another, more horrifying result, is the dissolution of our imaginations. The period in our lives that we are in school is when we develop who we are. If that child with a beautifully wondrous mind is constantly being reprimanded at school for "having his head in the clouds," he is going to pull his head down, and the world will never know what it could have had.

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