The only good thing about school is that you get your summers off.
Those people who tell you that high school is the best time of your life? They are full of it. Sure, it might have been the best time for them, but for many people high school (and elementary school) is The Biggest Thing In Your Life That Sucks for the entire duration.
Something needs to be done about school. I’m meeting more and more people who have made the decision to home school their children. Back when I went to school those rare home schooled kids you might hear about were laughed at and considered “yokels” or “retards”. These days? I think I might even envy those home schooled kids now.
Schools are outdated. There’s something about the curriculum that just doesn’t work for today’s generation and it wasn’t such a fabulous educational tool when I was in school. Aside from the fact that kids all learn at different levels and have a vast range of interests, it just doesn’t make sense to me to stick them all in a building and teach them the same thing all the same way.
Some kids are way beyond their age level of learning. Some kids are way behind their age level of learning. Not to mention, you put a huge group of kids together in a building and they will tear each other apart. Now you don’t only have to struggle with learning and what’s being taught, but you’re worried about how you look while doing it, whom you’re sitting next to, whom you’re talking to. Do you participate too much in the class and are mocked? Do you not participate enough? Will this person talk to you today? Are you cool? Are you a loser? Bullying whether physical or psychological is getting way out of control what with the internet and cell phones and all sorts of ways to get at a person even when they step outside of that educational building.
I hated school, both elementary and high school. I hated what was being taught, I hated that I was bullied and that I was terrified of getting on that school bus every morning to face my tormentors. I was shy. I was anxious. I was dyslexic (a discovery that was only made during my second attempt at University by a concerned counsellor). I am insanely bad at anything scientific. I can’t do math, chemistry, science of any sort. I was way too much of a prude to study my biology text book because they had photos of naked men in them! (The horror!)
Kids in school today are out of control. Teachers have more and more taken from them as new rules state they can no longer fail a student, or hug them, or discipline them. Kids are taking over. What is going on with the educational system? I think it needs a serious overhaul so that it can work better with the ever evolving new generations. Everything is online and instant and whereas it’s nice to have a sort of structured place to get your information, I don’t think classrooms and curriculum have advanced nearly as fast as the children have been.
I am often very glad I changed my mind halfway through my first attempt at University where I thought I would be an elementary school teacher to replace the craptastick ones I had myself growing up. I am not a huge fan of children, but I wanted to be that one person who cared and could spot the ones who were having trouble and support them. When I realized that teaching wasn’t my calling I transferred schools and I am glad that I did. The horror stories my mother-in-law tells me about the elementary school she works at have convinced me that I made the right decision. I wouldn’t be able to handle what’s being thrown at her every day. It’s not just the children, it’s the parents and the ever-changing regulations which give the kids the power over the educators.
Would I want to go back and be home schooled? I don’t know. On one hand, I would be learning about things at my own pace and have one-on-one support and not have to worry about who was talking to me that day or who was going to trip me in the hallway or steal my books. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have been “socialized” and as a shy child I would have found it harder to mingle with other children when I’d be face to face with them. There are pros and cons to home schooling and I don’t really know much about it at all, but I am basing this on my feelings and from what I have heard or seen of it. I do not consider myself an expert on any form of schooling, I am merely basing this long-winded ramble on my own experiences and thoughts.
School isn’t the best time of your life. (Although I do miss those summers off where I didn’t have to work. Boy do I miss them!) However what you learn from school - the social aspect of it, will help you discover the best time of your life and you’ll learn that a) it doesn’t matter if you don’t have the latest name-brand whatever and b) that no one really give a flying fig about Trig Functions in the Real World (unless you’re doing something directly related to Trig Functions which I haven’t a clue why you would. Ironically that was the ONLY time I got a 95% on any math test in my life since multiplication was introduced in fourth grade.)
I try to tell the Young People I know who are bummed about school and being told they should “suck it up because it will be the best thing they ever know” that it’s not true. They will know much better and wonderful things in their life that will make high school seem not so important. Although they really should appreciate those summers of doing nothing as much as they can because once they get to 34 and have to work all the time they will REALLY miss those “I’m bored, can’t I go home and hang out with my friends?” days!
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