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Why Go To School?

Why do people go to school? Here’s a brief list of good and bad reasons to go.

There are few good reasons to go to school, especially public school. Unfortunately there are an overwhelming number of bad reasons.

Bad Reasons

Going because it’s conventional. You shouldn’t be afraid that not going to school will make you an outcast, or that not going to college will ruin your chance to get a job. If you are a truely ambitious and intelligent person, school will not cause you to succeed. It may help, true – however school can be much more detrimental to a person’s creativity and innocent naivite.

Going because you are afraid. Afraid of what? Not becoming someone society wants you to become? Shaming your parents? Shaming yourself? Perhaps I am stating the obvious, but you should never do something out of fear. If you are going to school because you are afriad of what will happen if you don’t go, you ought to try not going. Maybe you will discover something about yourself that you didn’t know before.

Going because you don’t have anywhere else to go. If your life is so mundane and empty that you go to school to fill that hole you have… well, that’s just sad. You should really get some hobbies, some more friends, or have some interesting experiences (vacations or day-trips). There is more to your personality than school, and you are more of an individual than just a student.

Good Reason(s)

Going because there is something worth learning. Most learning is school is garbage designed to rot your brain. US History is a good example. However some classes are informative and if you actually enjoy the subject, then definitely go learn! Learning is a wonderful thing, just don’t depend on school for it. There is a lot of learning that can be done outside of a classroom.

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  1. Randy Yniguez

    On October 24, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    What are the alternatives to not going? How does one make use of there free time? Are you addressing this this suggestion to elementary school kids? Not criticizing you, just asking.

  2. Karen

    On October 11, 2008 at 10:50 am

    All of my children are homeschooled. And we do not “bring school home”. They do learn Math out of a textbook, but otherwise they spend time reading, writing, drawing, playing piano and guitar, and builing with Legos (my daughter is awesome at this). I loved your article and totally agree with you!

  3. ladybaby

    On April 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    School is over rated. I believe that the Amish have the right idea. They go to school for 8 years. That is long enough to learn all the basics a person will have to learn to set themselves on a path they so choose. Forcing kids to go to high school and college is a waste of time, and done only so the educational system can get paid their big bucks from the taxpayers. I believe that after the eight grade children should have options in which direction to go. Those who are academically gifted and enjoy school, should go on to higher education and become what they want to become. Not everyone needs to be a professional. We need domestic workers, carpenters, field workers, child care workers, and everything inbetween. It is no shame to fix cars for a living, or be a cook. Also we need to go back to having employers hire teens as apprentices so they can learn on the job skills. We try to over educate our children, and half of all high school kids drop out of school anyway. Education is something a person can always go back to any time they wish. Children know what they like to do by the time they get out of 8th grade. If they like building things, they should be able to go to classes that teach only what they are interested in. Half of the topics in school are wasted time. If a person does not like math, why learn advanced math that they will never use in life. Long as they know the basics, they will get along just fine in life without it. Those who love math will become our auditors and technical professionals who need it for their field of interest. I LOVED YOUR ARTICLE. SOMEONE HAD THE NERVE TO BRING IT OUT. THANKS. wE NEED TO BE ALLOWED TO EXPRESS EACH OUR OWN TALENTS. AMEN!

  4. David D

    On May 11, 2009 at 1:13 am

    I was thinking about this type of question long ago. Your words are true. I am starting to think about school as detrimental to my own identity. I was the no.1 educated kid in the freshman year, but I am starting to slip that rank in order to search something deeper than just letting my parents pay for a worthless education. They have not know about my thoughts yet and my dad already shows some sign of sympathy when I have an F on my report card. It is now normal for kids to drop out of college because they are inexperience. The problem is that they are forced to do it or just to take advantage of the benefits from the state. I am hating this life. I want something more. I must search it. Thank you for your words. You guys made my tonight shine.

  5. wtf is going on!?

    On June 16, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Ladybaby are you kidding me?! Are you telling me that you knew what you wanted to do in life when you were 14? I don’t think so! And “half of highschool kids drop out anyway” – where the hell are you getting your data? You are seriously lost and I hope that your ignorance isn’t being passed on to your children.

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