Yes, I know most current teenagers will say that and the minute they get thrown into the adult world, they’re like ‘woah okay, I did not sign up for this.. ‘
When I was at school I felt well ahead of my age
I didn’t understand the need to learn about subjects that I had no passion for and no intentions to continue in the future. Of course I believe you should learn the basics of each subject in your school years to get by in life, such as: Maths, English, Science, a brief bit of History, Geography and P.E. I can say this because I am now 24 years of age and can admit that I have absolutely NO knowledge on the last three subjects like at all…
At school, I was not allowed to attend my history class.
To explain, when starting a secondary school most subjects are mandatory. In the third year when I was at school, you were allowed to drop subjects and choose your own options. From the beginning, my history teacher always took a disliking to me – completely my fault. She had a particularly long neck and when she was angry it seemed to grow and grow until I genuinely thought her head would roll off the top of it.
My best friend and I (shoutout to Jojo!) used to have a bet before every lesson, to see who could piss her off the most and be sent out first. This one particular day, we were was extremely hyper, and went out of our way to wind the teacher up. We spent the whole lesson nattering and left our bags on the desk to our teachers’ annoyance. When asked to put them on the floor, Jojo simply pushed her bag a couple of centimetres to the right. Well, Mrs long neck must have been having a bad day because she lost it big time. She yelled at us both to get up and leave because we were sniggering so much. I guess it’s one of those times where you had to be there, but man it was funny.
Ever since then we were not allowed back into that class. Due to that, I have not learned anything to do with history.
The same story goes for geography
My teacher for this subject was also very odd. She had 5 different colours in her hair and dressed very strangely. Upon entering a class, I would always sing ‘5 colours in her hair’ by Mcfly, and she would boil with rage. It was hilarious, but to be fair to ‘rebel’ me she was a horrible person. In the end, I got called into the head office and told this was bullying and I had been kicked out. I thought this was hilarious and I had never been more proud. Looking back I guess that was kinda mean, but this teacher was a huge b*tch.
With religious studies, I was open-minded to all concepts of religion, but took on an extra physical education class (I was really into running) these classes overlapped so hence I missed out on religious studies classes. Although changing my opinion when I was younger, I am an atheist and have no belief in religion myself.
Your school days are for you to learn basic knowledge, find your skills, and dramatically decide what you want to do in the future.
To the majority of kids in schools, these years are to make friends and gain popularity. If you put all your concentration into this, this is why you will not do well.
As long as you have experienced and gained knowledge on each subject, you should know what you are drawn to and what you dislike the most. School years are full of, low self-esteem, a lack of confidence, and young people desperately trying to fit in and be accepted.
They are not the best years of your life
Do schools teach you how to buy a house? How to cope with life? How to become independent? Of course not. It’s just years of learning about stuff that you don’t always have to know.
These years are not the best years of your life because they don’t teach you how to survive in the real world.
You leave school and you have to make one of the biggest decisions in your life. Choosing what career path you want to go down. And you have no experience and have to learn it all by yourself. School is like being in a cage, where you are restricted in what you learn and how you behave. When your time has come to leave, you won’t know what to do with yourself as you’re left with no actual ‘life’ lessons. Just a brain full of confusion trying to understand algebra and why the bloody hell we need to know it.
The best years of your life are the ones you create yourself. The ones you can be proud of and look back on saying you gave it your all. You have achieved everything you have because YOU worked for it.
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Not everyone will agree because not everyone would have hated school as much as I did. The feeling of being made to learn things that I knew I didn’t need to know. Being told what to do and what I had to take part in to avoid short angry teachers yelling just wasn’t for me. I feel this is why I work better alone and as a freelancer than being tied to something.
One good thing to come out of it
I always had one small main group of friends throughout my school years but were part of other groups at times. From being in different friend groups I realised how nasty people can be and understood the term ‘fake friends’ like never before. I experienced brutal fights, attacks, breakdowns and a bucket full of emotions that I didn’t know existed. These experiences have given me the tools I needed for later in life and gave me a very real grip on things.
I’d love to hear your opinions. What did you/do you think of school?
A previous version of this post was published on my old blog- ‘Lauren Says It All’ 6 whole years ago.
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