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High School Is A Prison

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I am currently in 10th grade, attending a high school in Houston. I have to tell you, that I absolutely hate that place with a burning, fiery passion. I'm forced to go into this hellhole EVERY single day of my childhood, (excluding holidays and the weekends) knowing that there is a WORLD to explore. I will give you all some points as to why I HATE school; but before that, I will give some background info.

 

So back in my early childhood, I was a great student. I had all A's on all my tests and quizzes and I never did my homework, and I still don't. It came to a point where the classes were so mind-numbingly BORING that I began to halt my focus in class, instead I started to read books and self-teach. Of course, my sleep was messed up because of this, and I continued to read, constantly till about 3 AM. Keep in mind I was in like grades 4-7. My grades began to wane, and my parents seriously emphasized my "education". I was constantly being told that if I don't go to college, I will be homeless, or working at McDonald's my entire life. I honestly now am at the point of wanting to drop out.

Now here are the reasons

1.) "School" is like a prison, if not WORSE. Helpless, clueless kids are thrown into the cesspool called "School" where there individuality is suppressed, and does anything in its power to keep you from doing anything "bad".  For example, not doing your homework. When you think about childhood, you should be thinking like things about curiosity and exploration, and most of all, FUN! All of this goes away when you go to school, and you are quick to realize that, YOU MUST obey, or there will be serious consequences, just like prison. 

Peter Gray Ph.D. Puts this in prospective 

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The only difference I can think of is that to get into prison you have to commit a crime, but they put you in school just because of your age. In other respects school and prison are the same. In both places you are stripped of your freedom and dignity. You are told exactly what you must do, and you are punished for failing to comply. Actually, in school you must spend more time doing exactly what you are told to do than is true in adult prisons, so in that sense school is worse than prison.

In my opinion, this could not be expressed any better.

 

2.) The people here are just FLAT OUT stupid and immature. I have to point out that there are some smart people in schools, but not many. From my personal experience, most of these people that are "Valedictorians" are just "hard-workers", meaning that they have little to no intelligence, rather they know how to OBEY and REGURGITATE useless info on a test/quiz. A lot of these people are stuck up, and expect you to respect them, just because they have a higher number on a piece of paper that will be irrelevant once they graduate. People that I know that make the top ten percent, usually have a lot of stress at such a young age, AND they have little to no free time. They also have no concept of the real world, and if you ask a political question, they probably don't know what subject you are talking about, because that is how disconnected they are from the real world.

 

3.) The classes suck. They just FLAT OUT SUCK. Why make us take SO many worthless classes, that we will forget the info within a span of ONE SEMESTER. It's completely redundant. I constantly see kids piled up with stacks of homework that are just repetitive menial tasks, they just FLAT OUT destroy the youth that we should all be cherishing. Instead of going to school for 8 hours, then coming back home to spend another 3-5 hours finishing homework; (which is just work that should have been done in the 8 hours that you had already wasted.) We should have self education, or privatization of education. 

 

Because of the immaturity of kids my age, and the stupidity of the U.S. government, I have to suffer another two and a half years of more torture. I honestly believe I could have already learned about economics and accounting and, business all by MYSELF, if I wasn't so worried about my "schooling". I was planning on dropping out, however, there is no way for me to drop out until I'm 18, which makes it redundant. If I could hypothetically drop out, I would immediately enroll in my local community college, or self educate myself in business, or attend a vocational school. I'm living in a horrible world right now that puts you down for being independent, instead of being a sheep. I believe the public schooling system is made to train brainless individuals to never question authority, and work for the corporations.

 

Please someone help me cope with this @$%@ if you have been through this dilemma. If you have any questions or concerns, let me know. I just need to let off this steam I've been keeping for many years.

 

Sorry for the rant

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1 minute ago, hasanhh said:

^^^^ Hey folks, not exactly the "academic explorer" type is they?

I'm only willing to learn things that are necessary, I don't need to learn the specifics of biology in order to be a productive gear to the economy. (Unless I major in Biology, which is useless anyway)

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Seriously, you have to train your memory. That is why you regurgitate reams of info. Then when you acquire enough mental mass and then have chosen your career's course of study, you use your memory's capabilities to understand every nuance that exists in your career to build an applicable sense of judgment.

You can also start reading on some of the careers you are getting interested in.

Inshallah, you'll do well.

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16 minutes ago, hasanhh said:

Seriously, you have to train your memory. That is why you regurgitate reams of info. Then when you acquire enough mental mass and then have chosen your career's course of study, you use your memory's capabilities to understand every nuance that exists in your career to build an applicable sense of judgment.

You can also start reading on some of the careers you are getting interested in.

Inshallah, you'll do well.

Why memorize useless things that are only used to get a high mark? It seems completely pointless, and it's a waste of my time.

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9 hours ago, It's me hello said:

Please someone help me cope with this @$%@ if you have been through this dilemma. If you have any questions or concerns, let me know. I just need to let off this steam I've been keeping for many years.

Education is not just a matter of acquiring a body of useful and relevant knowledge. It's also about understanding how a 'system' works and gaming it so that it works for you.

The system I am referring to is the set of classes/homework/exams that you are facing. Gaming the system involves turning up to classes on time, looking enthusiastic, getting on the right side of the teacher and scoring well in the exams, no matter how useless they may seem.

Now there are some people who don't need to do the latter, they are just so smart. They can skip class, get bad grades and still be very successful.

But there's only a very small percentage of people in that exclusive club, there's a much larger group of people who think they should be in it, but are not good enough.

Do you feel lucky?

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Ask your parents to look into homeschooling. You still have to pass tests to prove you meet standards, but you won't waste time on things you already know so you can put more time into learning things you're actually interested in. 

Alternately, if you have the money for it, find out if any community college in your area allows early admission. I think most high schools will give credit for college courses, though you'll still have to take the standards exams.

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13 hours ago, It's me hello said:

Why memorize useless things that are only used to get a high mark? It seems completely pointless, and it's a waste of my time.

Wait until you get married.

"This goes there...this goes here...did you remember...?"

Yadda...yaddda...yadda...blah....blah...blah

And you will always get the "low marks" no matter what you did  --or didn't do wrong.

Then you will long for your blissful school days.

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15 hours ago, Haji 2003 said:

Education is not just a matter of acquiring a body of useful and relevant knowledge. It's also about understanding how a 'system' works and gaming it so that it works for you.

The system I am referring to is the set of classes/homework/exams that you are facing. Gaming the system involves turning up to classes on time, looking enthusiastic, getting on the right side of the teacher and scoring well in the exams, no matter how useless they may seem.

Now there are some people who don't need to do the latter, they are just so smart. They can skip class, get bad grades and still be very successful.

But there's only a very small percentage of people in that exclusive club, there's a much larger group of people who think they should be in it, but are not good enough.

Do you feel lucky?

Well you obviously don't need to do good in High School in order to be successful. 

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11 hours ago, notme said:

Ask your parents to look into homeschooling. You still have to pass tests to prove you meet standards, but you won't waste time on things you already know so you can put more time into learning things you're actually interested in. 

Alternately, if you have the money for it, find out if any community college in your area allows early admission. I think most high schools will give credit for college courses, though you'll still have to take the standards exams.

I asked my mother, but she will not be able to homeschool me. I was honestly thinking that I could just drop High School and head to the Electrical Engineering route.

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15 hours ago, certainclarity said:

I feel for you. The current school system will be outdated within 10 years from now!

This is for you:

 

Thank you I love this video now!

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23 minutes ago, Darth Vader said:

School is a prison. College is a prison. Workplace is a prison. Marriage is a prison. Child rearing is a prison. Old age and disease are prisons. Life is a prison. :einstein:

Not if you manage yourself well :P

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