What Is School For?

What Is School For?

Feel free to call me slow, but I spent 18 years going to school and I still did not know how to do my own taxes, purchase a home, apply for loan, I did not know a thing about investment, building credit or finding a suitable job. What I did have? This fancy degree to sit at home with. And it is not just me – millions of students sing the same song. How many you guys avoid eye contact with the teacher to try not to get called upon? Afraid to raise your hand for fear being wrong, which proves that school is not an environment for learning or building up the intellect. It is just a game you play for grades and how many “A’s “You can collect. See if school put learning instead of testing and memorizing as the top standard, the letter “F” would not stand for “failure”, it would stand for “finding another answer”. It has been scientifically tested and proved that the benefit from an extra hour of sleep is better than the torture of an extra essay, reading 100 pages, doing problems on worksheet etc. Not only it is pointless but is also dim- witted, because we get so much work, but they don’t teach the time management skills to deal with it. See teachers always say: use your time wisely, but that never make sense to me, because these six cruel hours of our lives we call school might literally be the worst use of time management ever in history. Think about it, the traditional teaching method is foolish, no it is useless multiplied by square root of stupid. What they do is they cram information in your head, force – feeding it, and then you throw it up on the test. That is not education, which is “BULIMIA” and the more bulimic you are, the better you do on their assessments. So it is no wonder why so many students graduate mentally and emotionally anorexic. I am just asking: what is school for?

The word education comes from Latin root “educe” meaning “bring out” i.e., bring the gifts out of a person and make them viable. But school doesn’t bring out much. It just stuffs more facts inside you. Now some of that stuffs is justifiable. We need reading, writing and some arithmetic that is fair. But are you telling me metamorphic and igneous rocks are more important than self-care? If suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death of ages 10- 24 ,and thousands studies suggest the biggest predictor for success is self-control and emotional health ,then why the heck are not we taught how to handle stress , bullies , rejection. How about Anxiety or depression? These are the skills we need for our entire life. Schooling does not make you successful person as we have more dropouts who are ruling the world in one way or the other.

I am not saying that schools are useless because some schools are great and many teachers are rare treasures, but I am saying that there is difference between people who are smart and people who score better. I am saying that your future is something that no test will ever measure. Your Destiny is in your hands. You must shape it to be great. So don’t expect schools to open doors! Because it is more likely to slam them in your face. Sometimes I wonder about all the dreams lost in schools and how much potential goes to waste. My hand fold request to everybody is: please close your eyes, imagine a child sitting in the back of some teacher’s class in some town. He never raises his hands; he fails most of his classes, but inside him there is a passion and if nurtured and brought out will lead him to discover the cure for cancer. But you see, I am afraid that child’s gift will never come out. He will never win the Nobel Prize because in class he was ignored and his worth was judged only by his scores. So teachers, principals, parents, advisors, students, I ask one more time: what is school for?


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