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How to Survive School

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Feb 18, 2006, 7:17:52 AM2/18/06
How to Survive School: An Introduction

This article is aimed at young people who hate school and would rather
be somewhere else. These young people often actually love to learn - the
problem is that few subjects offered at school are interesting to them,
or the way in which it is presented is just horribly boring.

Before I go on, it is possible to legally get out of school, and get
your education in other ways, through homeschooling or unschooling (if
your parents will let you). Since this article is more focused on how to
survive school if you can't get out, more information about those
options will be listed at the bottom of this article.

Here are five vital points that will help you keep your sanity:

1) Just because they like it, doesn't mean you have to.

Everybody's different. People like different things, people do things in
different ways. Why should school be an exception? What were they
thinking when they designed a school that would teach everyone the same
stuff in the same way? Did they really think that would work? Fact is,
it doesn't work. Not for everyone, at least. If you prefer to do things
your own way, that's a GOOD thing. Those kids who function best when
told what to do every second of their lives will probably be working for
you someday.

What about those people who assume that just because they did well in
school or even liked it, that everyone should be capable of the same
results? Don't worry about them. You can't expect everyone to understand
you, just as they can't expect everyone to react to school the way they
did. You could try to reason with them, but some people just won't
change their minds no matter what, so don't lose sleep over them.

2) You're not the only one.

Lots of young people hate school. Lots of older people still hate
school. Does that mean people who hate school are doomed to "flip
burgers the rest of their lives"? Nope. Just because someone hates
school doesn't mean they hate learning - in fact, often people hate
school precisely BECAUSE they love learning - school is so boring it
gives learning a bad name.

Some people who won the Nobel Prize hated school:

George Bernard Shaw said, "There is nothing on earth intended for
innocent people so horrible as a school."
Albert Einstein said, "Education is what remains after one has forgotten
everything he learned in school."

3) How educational is school really?

You listen to a lesson, you do some exercises, you are given a test. In
order to pass the test, you must memorize information - this is often
done by following elaborate "learning methods", none of which are really
much more than ways to trick your brain into remembering things it
otherwise would disregard. Some people actually remember some of this
information later in their lives - especially if they happen to go into
a career that's somehow related to it. Most people, on the other hand,
don't remember much more than 20% of everything they ever learned at
school - including the skills needed for reading, writing and working
with numbers.

4) What's the point, then?

If you're stuck in school, and your parents won't let you get out and
try something else, don't despair! There is some fun to be had in
school. If you already have a good circle of friends there, you're off
to a good start. If not, whatever you do, don't change yourself to "fit
in" with any crowd so that they'll let you hang out with them.

If there's one thing people who like school are right about, it's that
"school is what you make of it". This is true. If you don't want it to
be boring, bring something interesting to do. Just don't make it too
obvious or it might get confiscated for being a "distraction from your
education". Make a "mission" for yourself to achieve in school - this
could be anything you choose, or a good cause - like finding all the
young people in your school who can't stand it, and handing them a
printed copy of this article.

5) Getting your life back.

If homework and tests are taking up time that you could spend doing
things that actually interest you, there are ways around it. If your
parents aren't too fussy about your marks, you could just do the bare
minimum required to pass. If, on the other hand, they want "nothing but
the best", maybe you should try reasoning with them. Tell them how
school makes you feel. Explain to them that you'd learn a lot more if
things weren't forced on you. It's bad enough having the teachers down
your throat about all sorts of things, but having your parents on your
back as well is like being attacked from all sides with no escape. If
you can't get a word in, try writing it down and having them read it
when you're not in the same room with them. Either way, try not to show
your anger, or at least don't make it look like you're angry with them.
Most people take that the wrong way.

Having your parents on your side is really the best way to survive
school with your sanity intact, and it's a luxury not many young people
have. Put as much effort into reasoning with your parents as you
possibly can, and only after all else fails should you consider other
ways of getting good marks that don't involve working so hard, like
finding a friend and helping each other finish the work off quicker.

Hopefully this article has helped you in some way, or at least cheered
you up a bit. Don't ever give up - school may seem like prison or even
hell, but it won't last forever. Maybe you can even help out some other
people along the way. Good luck.

HELPFUL LINKS - More articles about school - Alternatives to school
(homeschooling, unschooling, etc.) - More Nobel Prize
winners who hated school


Please spread this information far and wide - we need to stop the plague
of depression and helplessness in schools! We need to let kids know that
there are alternatives, and that there is nothing wrong with hating
being forced to waste their days away in a prison-like building! Tell
all the kids out there that there are ways out of and around the system!

Feb 19, 2006, 7:44:14 PM2/19/06
This is a good post ! I am 21 years old and I did not like going to
school. When I was in elementry school I was excited for the vacations
and breaks we would get, this was due to the school learning system was
not getting me interested and the kind of friends I had were umm I
don't know how to explain... Then junior high I was just tired of
school and I had became one of the quiet ones that kept to themselves.

In junior high I had completly stopped doing homework and they had
put me in some special ed classes for this. Now some people don't
really know what special ed classes are. I have heard people talking
like they were for the mentally disabled, ya they did have seperate
classes for them but special ed classes was another way of learning
that did have a little bit of 'learn at your own rate'.

I really don't want to get into more detail since I am already
writing more than what I was expecting, I was just going to reply with
a 'good post' but I got into details of myself. So I will just continue
on trying to make this short and quickly.

The teachers usually had been pushing students to complete the school
work they assigned instead of inspiring students to complete school
work. What I needed was a little inspiration and more communication
with the teachers in middle school and high school. But since I had
fallin into one of the quiet ones I never really shown what I needed
and I never knew I needed until I think back now.

In high school I had pretty much gave up on doing school work. On
purposly I was doing the school work slowly and not finishing it when
the class was over. Some things I refused to do like the essay
assignments and the those tests students do (the um whats it called,
where all students are required to do). I did transfer to a couple
different high schools.

I was staying with a family on my mothers side (my mother passd when
I was early 17). When I turned 18 I was able to make my own choices, I
moved away hoping for a better life, I did not know how the school
enrollment system had worked so I just gave up after 3 or 4 days trying
to get into the old high school I used to go to and the one I wanted to
get back into.

After a couple years when I turned 20, I had a couple friends that
were in high school and asked me did you graduate high school, and the
reply wasa no of course. so I thought about it for a couple months.
Then I had got into a couple free GED classes and I enjoyed those
classes a lot and I had stayed in them longer then what I could have

I will just stop here since this reply is beyond what I had planned it
to be lol :) I am not going to look over this post so if any
"confusements" (lol) then umm I don't know wahappen k.

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