So far, high school has been great. I get to go to school everyday, talk to my buddies, laugh at a few jokes and… and what else?
No seriously, what else? I mean yeah, sure, every week or two I wrap my head around some new concept, but what keeps pushing me to do my best and go to school each and every day?
I’ll let you in on my secret: nothing.
I personally love learning. I’ve taught myself how to code in a few different languages (granted, I’m definitely not the best coder, but it still intrigues me enough to continue to practice it). I love math: sudoku is awesome (make fun of me all you want). I enjoy reading books (currently on The Wolf of Wall Street, it’s crazy, crazy good), and I love diving head first into TED talks. Recently, I watched Josh Luber talk about sneakers (and money). TED talks allow me to gain a greater understanding of the world, and how things work.
My point is: if there’s anything even remotely interesting that I want to learn about, I have to do it on my own. Granted, a few teachers (not all, but few) do their jobs really well and teach me about things that I wouldn’t have known would interest me.
Now that I’ve gotten that rant out of the way, let’s get to the main part:
Everything about school kills me on the inside. Two weeks of learning mostly uninteresting and (what seems to be) useless information. Last semester, the only class that really sparked my interest was Pre-Calculus. And why? Because I’m interested in math, and how that can be translated in to many of the theories that are present in our world. Is that the same in everyone? Absolutely not, everyone is different. Some might be interested in Science, whether it’s the study of our bodies, our world, or things out of this world (had to throw that one in there). Others, however, might love Physical Education and the study of kinematics in relation to our body. God forbid, some may actually enjoy English and writing essays (I know it’s only the curriculum, but they’re brutal).
So, let me ask you this: if everyone is different, enjoys different subjects and learning about different ideologies, why does everyone get taught the same thing, and get tested equally?
The answer: I have no clue. Why would I? I’m simply just an puppet in this whole show. I have no answers.
The one thing I do know for sure is that if you’re interested in something, take a few hours every once in a while to enjoy what you can learn, and how you can do it on your own (YouTube is great for learning, as is Udemy, or Codecademy if you’re interested in code).
This might seem like a weird post coming from a Grade 11 student with a high 90’s overall average, but I truly believe in one thing: school has become a place to learn… how to network. If there’s one thing I’ll take away from high school, it’ll be to learn how to get along with people. You learn that every action has a reaction, and that you’ll need to learn the proper way to react when needed. It’s a life skill, and is not something that is learned overnight.
Let’s make school more interesting, and let’s let our future generations enjoy it more than we have.
I mean, find me one student at any high school that really, truthfully wants to be there all day. I’ve been at my school many times for periods of over 12 hours. And the best part is? You guessed it: coming home after.
Now, while this post wasn’t necessarily backed up by any sorts of factual evidence, I thought it would be interesting for others to gain my perspective.
Here are a few videos that I absolutely recommend whenever someone asks me about education or school, and how it’s going for me.
And this one is from an educator, a TED talk on how schools kill creativity.
Nevertheless, I think that school (and education in general) is an invaluable asset to our society. When you see how far we’ve come in the last 100 years (hell, even the last 20), some truly remarkable things have came about that would not have without education.
Some of the smartest people on in the world dropped out of school. Hmmm… makes you wonder.
Thanks for reading, and as always, please share!
P.S. I do plan on going to college/university on day, so no one should really take this to heart. I just want to travel, have a good time, and be with good people before my time is up. Hopefully that gives you something to think about.