What is your opinion on school?
Is it a prison, a place where we are forced to memorize useless facts and dates, wasting our time and almost a 1/4 of our lifespan?
Or is it a paradise, a place where you can learn how to lead, discover new skills that you never knew you had, and find new friends?
Personally, I have mixed feelings. I like to learn, but not what they teach us. I like to make friends, but not spend time with them in school, where my interests conflict.
Now it's your turn to speak!
Elementary school was a small hell for me because everything was so limited in both educational and social matters. Middle school was okay but I think it would have gone over better if there was less socializing and more teaching (not to say I'm not thankful for the teachers I had who taught us bare state minimums and a hell of a lot from their experiences). High school is hell. It's the point where everyone knows they can tell authority where to shove it...but we really, really want to go to college.
Elementary and Middle School were both pretty good for me since I was a kid, I didn't care, and they knew we were all kids. High school is absolute hell.
I can predict that when I am older and they ask me to compile a list of the 5 worst times of my life, High School will be on it.
Nothing at the school suits my interests, and nothing I am learning will ever have anything to do with my future career, which is a career in music.
The fine arts department at my particular school is not funded and total crap, so the only shred of hope that I can do what I love doing is well... Shredded.
Honestly, sometimes I'll walk through the halls of that damn school and wonder why I haven't snapped and killed anyone yet.
When I was in school I personally hated it. Now that I am finished/done for the moment I miss it terribly. Of course that could be due to the fact that all of my classes were independent study, so I learned and did the assignments on my own time. I would get my work done first thing and then just hang out with my friends for the rest of class or read a book. So now that I am at an outsiders view I would say paradise, especially high school / middle school. College is on a different scale as you pay to be there - but you also get to chose your own courses when it comes down to it.
But either way my verdict at the moment would be paradise - you don't know how good it is until you are forced out into the 'real' working world - trust me.
The working world isn't really all it's cracked up to be - actually the social politics only get worse as you get older.
The military is always a viable option - but remember you wont be going/seeing anything by your own choice, at least not for the first year. You go where they tell you to go and you do what they tell you to do. It's actually more restricting than being in school.
i dont think its a prision or a paradise....
be cause o none hand you have to memorize all that crap,
and on the other you can use it as a get-a-way like from home or whatever..
idk i like school only because of science, and my friends
I think school depends on the people (not teachers, I mean fellow students) you're around, and well. Your school.
So for me, school's a place with pointless rules and over powered people. There's lack of freedom - you can't do what you want, dress how you want (in the UK or where uniform's there), hang out with who you want or even say what you want. I'm not against learning, or anything. But it's so fixed. And most of the stuff you learn? You won't even use it. I know it's all about opening doors, but what a waste of time! Why would you need to know why King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn? It's not going to make a difference to our lives. Heck, that won't help us at all.
Furthermore, it's unfair. The punishment, and the hierarchy of doom. If a teacher's had a bad day, you're forced to let them off. If you have a bad day, what teacher is going to spare you? I always thought all people were created equal, but apparently not. And some teachers just don't understand how to teach.
For me, school's a waste of time as I ace at my subjects. Since I go to a private school, I waste £10k anually. I like to learn, but my English teacher teaching my class what a noun is drove me up the wall made me break three HB WHSmith pencils. It's a waste of time and money.
School seems to be like a test - a test with no revision, no help, just to prepare and see if you can wait for what's out there.
The current schooling system is based upon an industrial concept - factory based and taking the youth as the product to passed along an assembly line of hopeful progression. It definitely comes with a prison mentality, as the most base functions of humanity are controlled and belittled. If you'd like to go to the bathroom, say during the middle of a fourth grade lecture on the theory of long division, it can be overturned while you squirm in your seat. There is celebration when school is out, rather than when it is in. School isn't desirable in that instance, yet the acquisition of knowledge is highly desirable; it isn't necessary for both to be true.
I'd assert the majority of the schooling system (I'm commenting on the American schooling system, though a good deal of the international systems also fall into these trends) does waste a large amount of students' lives. I didn't find school meaningful until I entered college, and even then there were times I felt there were better things I could be doing to further my education.
I find there is a basic flaw in our education system and reform needs to take place. How to go about this and what needs to take place would require quite a bit more time than I have currently while I sit behind a computer, but when the attitude that schooling leads to employment, not knowledge, is the primary mindset of students then there is something awry.
Prison! I like learning, but the overall structure of school is stupid. Either it is way too slow (learning what a noun is for the 19th time, being a unit behind the rest of the grade in History) or too fast (math teacher not even teaching us, then slamming us with homework and tests). Some classes are way too easy, others are way too hard. And homework is horrible. Reviewing is one thing, but mindless pointless timedraining work is another. And there is something to be said about the teachers, some are overly fun to the point that they don't teach anything, and there are the overly boring ones too.
I'm not even in high school yet... *shivers*
I adored school in the early years. I love to learn and am genuinely interested in the subjects. Pre-kindergarden to third grade were great, and I loved school, but then it gradually got worse until my hatred set in in sixth grade. The problem is both incompetant teachers and incompetant students who ruin it for those who actually like learning.