Sunday, 8 November 2015

Why School Sucks


It's been a while~
I'm here today because there's a thing that bothers me and doesn't let me sleep in peace.

It's school.

WARNING: (this might take a while so take something to eat, maybe drink and make sure you are sitting in a comfy position. Oh also it's kinda boring and full of facts so if you are not interested, you are free to leave. If you want to learn something new, continue)

Yeah yeah I know what you're thinking. Another typical teenager not taking school seriously, who wants to party all day long and so on. Typical image.
That's not entirely true.

Sure, I have many (not really useful) things I'd rather do than study for school. (Like playing games, procrastinating and tweeting on Twitter.)
But that's not really the reason why I chose to write a few things about school today.

Rather than the fact that I (actually don't) have to go to school, sit there since early morning (the school starts at 7, 8 or 9) for 6 to 9 hours straight and listen to teachers talking about things and take notes it's the school systen in my country that irritates me.

Let me introduce our school system first:

In my opinion the best part of life is the time you spend with your parents or grandparents as a kid, meaning the time before you are inevitably tossed into the void of compulsory school attendance. In my country that means you are free for 6 years. Then, based on our lovely laws, you just have to attend school. (if you were born after September in which the school year starts, /you'd be 5 when going to school then/ you can but don't have to go the next year. (as in my case happened))

So you are 6, an innocent child expected to sit for 4 or 5 hours in something called primary school daily. Weekends are free.

The primary schools mean 9 years (this thing might sound a bit odd for people from other countries. I know it differs a lot depending on the country) of compulsory school attendance during which you are told the basics of knowledge important for your future.

If you asked me, I'd told you those are the only important years spent in school. Why?

At the end of primary school you are about 15 years old, but are expected to decide your own future already.

You can either stop going to school and search for a job or you can continue your further studies at something we call "middle school" which is basically a highschool for most countries.

Start working? Impossible.
This answer has a very simple explanation: Life's very hard and tough. In my country it's basically impossible to find a job in your 20s, there's not enough work possibilities. Not to mention you are forbidden to work with money till you are 18. And on top of that, not many eployers are interested in hiring such a young kid with the most basic education and no experience.

So, middle school/highschool sounds as the only possible solution, right?
It certainly is better to continue your studies for another 4 years. (or 2, but that's kinda rare)

There are two types of highschools in our country.
First let's say a general school which we call "gymnázium" /German people should know/ It used to be the "better," the more prestigious type of school where only the clever kids could get to. I'd say it's not like that anymore. I don't want to degrade this type of school, it still not so easy to get to one.
You need to pass the entrance exam, have good marks and a good arithmetic mean tooHere you study all the basics from primary school into more details, basically.

Then the second type is a highschool that aims at a specific discipline. (medicine, industry, cookery, law etc)

What is so tricky about it?
If you choose the first general school, because you have no idea at the age of 15 what you want to do when you grow up, as most people don't, you may discover it during your studies. That means you already know what you want to do, but more than half the subjects you are now forced to study are completely useless for your future (in most cases it's like 3,4 out of 13). Yet you still kinda have to study and graduate (at least you can choose the subject to graduate) Till then you are just surviving through.

If you are that good and know what you want to do and choose a school aimed at a specific discipline, it's not always guaranteed you will still be interested in the same field for the 4 remaining years. (those are the luckier people who are)

What gets on my nerves is also the fact that our school system works in sort of a way that you just study for tests and that's all. Everything is for the sake of exams and passing. You have to remember things for them but after it's over you are free to forget it. That makes it all meaningless and a waste of time and energy.

After highschool there are universities which are in my opinion important as much as primary school.

What about me then?
You probably found out what type of school I am attending, didn't you?
It's the first one.
And as I stated the example of finding a field you want to study further, that's exactly what happened to me.
I'm now in my 3rd year out of 4 of highschool and I am fed up with it. I am not interested in most of the subjects I have to study. It's boring and I have no willpower to do much for school anymore. Ofc this affects my marks which are worse and worse and I don't feel good about it. But at the same time I'm trying to tell myself it's not important anyway...

So yeaah no wonder I am sick and tired of it all, I want to drop school  but I can't really. Education in this age is everything. It's sad but that's the truth. You want to be someone? You want to achieve something? You want to have a good job? Family? Money? Then study study and study as hard as you can as much as you can till you break apart. Then work hard in your job and be useful to the society. You might be able to afford a nice holiday with your family, a big house and you can finally live your life to the fullest (in your free days ofc. Which you will get just a little, you need to work.)

What exactly is the meaning of it all?

Maybe I'm getting too far (my habit) and a bit off topic, so I might write more next time.

See you soon, Yun.