It feels like school was created to take time away, make your life move so quickly. You can’t catch your breath. There is always something to be preparing for, all this planning, nothing in the moment. You follow procedure. Nothing that interests students is added to the curriculum. There is no time for that. It is always on to the next thing, figuring out how to arrive to a certain point. You need to get to this certain point. It is never, okay, we are growing, learning, improving, and finding ourselves.
School is labeling, separating, and categorizing. You’re not smart enough for this. You are able to do this, so you have to do it. This is what you can do, and I am telling you kid; you can’t do that. It limits you, helps you create an illusive image of yourself, creates a space between your head and your heart. They take away the tools to build a bridge between that space, to be able to connect the two, to be able find your true self. They take away your creativity and program you to analyze, to retain information, but only the information they feel comfortable giving. They teach you to swallow the lies they feed you, but not to digest them, to break them down. Never question them.
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
The thing is I do want to learn. I crave knowledge. I want my mind to grow a whole garden of beautiful thoughts and ideas. I don’t want enough information to get through life just fine; I want to thrive. I want a school that allows freedom and expression. I want a school that shows you all the beautiful things in this universe. I want a school that teaches that you can expand upon all that beauty, instead of them teaching you to fight this world’s problems that have been handed to you with more problems. I want to be encouraged to create a solution to world hunger not to an algebraic equation, that once solved makes no difference to anyone’s life. I want teachers who care to nurture my mind as I grow and not try to stuff it to the brim with information. I want to see the world through my own eyes. I don’t want to be told what another country is like. I can’t be expected to accept that this country is the best to live in, when I have never lived in another.
I want a school that’s about gaining your own unique experiences. I want a school about unity. I don’t hate the idea of school. I’ve grown to love the idea, actually. To be honest, what I love is my idea of how school should be, not how school is right now. Someday though, school is going to be an amazing and wonderful thing that kids get excited about. Someday, school won’t be the bane of kid’s existence. It will not be something to dread. School will make kids feel purpose; it will make them happy to be filled to the brim with beautiful knowledge…yeah, someday
“Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you’ve got any guts. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read.” -Frank Zappa