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i hate School. i actually detest school and the entire experience gives me such intense anxiety. i dread going to school every weekend and i always long for the weekend to recover from the excessively rigid rules and over the top human interaction. however, it is probably surprising to say that i actually love learning and finding out about new things. learning in itself is so valuable and cannot have a price put on it, and for me, school takes away the novelty of learning. i have started to hate subjects that i used to feel so incredibly passionate about simply because my self worth as a student has become based on my grades or length of homework. 

since when did a grade on a piece of paper matter more than the emotional well being of a student? it's almost like teachers are in a competition as to who can set the most homework with the shortest deadlines. research shows that school is having drastic effects on the mental health of students, causing high levels of stress, anxiety and other mental health problems. students are constantly sleep deprived and stressed about the huge amount of work they have to get down. countless lessons and homework sessions all bottle down to a few hour long exams which result in a piece of paper with some letters on. these letters, teachers tell us, will control us for the rest of our lives and determine what we are deemed capable of doing.

school doesn't teach us how to be prepared for adult life and how to look after ourselves, it simply regurgitates facts and statistics for us to memorise for an exam. teach me how to take out at a mortgage or how to simply function as an ordinary young adult! i couldn't care less about the american revolution or whatever conventional beliefs you try to shove down my throat.

and lastly, what is it with school trying to smother and destroy creativity and self-expression? no makeup, hair tied up, no piercings, no jewellery, blah blah BLAH. school tells us to express our selves and be individuals as long as we all think the same and look exactly the same. i highly doubt that my nose piercing or a few rings will distract an entire class from learning and cause us all to fail our exams in the summer. instead, we will all be brainwashed into being the same conventional humans and leave school with little concept of who we truly are and our unique identity. why can't we all just express ourselves however we want and just embrace all the differences? 

so, that's it i guess. i love learning but i hate school, and i hate that i hate school. the reason i hate my hatred for school is that so many girls my age and younger are denied their right to education in so many countries that i feel guilty for almost wasting my chance to learn. i think i'll just have to struggle through the next year and a bit of school before i can leave and live my life exactly how i wanted to. 


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