Top 5 Reasons to Never Go To School
(Now, I am very fiery in my distaste for school, especially everything to do with general education, which is the bulk of ones studies until about the second or third year of ones undergraduate time. There are some people who can get something out of school, but I think they are far fewer in number than those who go, and I think that if one is not pursuing a very specific, technical field that requires much mentoring and/or expensive equipment, like in medicine or law or the more physical fields of engineering, a college education is next to useless.)
1 - It's boring because they make you learn about things you don't care about
Where in the world did people come up with the notion that it's good to learn about things you don't care about? Even if you go to school for a specific major, there will be a multitude of "general education" classes, most of which are not pre-requisites to ones chosen profession or major, and which are forced upon the student for no other reason than to make him "well-rounded."
Now, that would be fine if it was a side-subject that interested him, or if for some other reason he genuinely cared, but, much of the time, he doesn't. He doesn't care. If he doesn't care about what's being taught, what's the likelihood that he'll remember any of it long after the final exam? Slim? So what's the point? It's a waste of money and time. It's going through motions only, and expecting that sitting down and reading + memorizing + eventually forgetting = learning or otherwise some kind of value.
2 - There's always someone telling you what to do
Growing up is, or should be, about learning to go after what you want, learning to manage your life on your own terms independently, and dealing with the consequences and responsibility of that independence.
School can stunt this growth by extending the parent-child scenario where someone further up in some hierarchy is telling you what to do "for your own good," whether or not it goes contrary to ones personal sensibilities. Rather, it stunts the growth of those sensibilities.
Most schools do not trust the student to know what he's doing, and even the simplest things, like dropping a class, are steeped in bureaucracy and require speaking to a man with a white goatee who smells like coffee and knows what's good for you and your future.
3 - No freedom or flexibility
If someone is always telling you what to do, it creates an artificial situation where the natural flexibility required by life cannot take its course. It molds a person into a creature not adaptable to change, one that fears it and revels in sameness, stagnation, quiet. The problem with this is that it is the exact opposite of what someone needs to thrive on this Earth, a place of constant change, a place where growth and learning are consistently rewarded and resistance to progress is eventually punished.
Some people might like the idea of working the same exact job in the same exact way twenty years from now, but this is just a fantasy. Especially in these days, as practically all the professions are affected by the rapid technological innovations. These technologies are designed to make our lives easier, but only if one is willing to embrace them and embrace the reality of change.
4 - Everyone is Assumed to Learn in Exactly the Same Way
We are all individuals, and we all have different, separate brains, and the differences in which each of those brains can go about solving the same problems can be vast. We all learn differently, and we all, hopefully, spend time honing our knowledge of ourselves to figure out the most effective ways of teaching ourselves.
Now, some methods of learning are nearly universally more efficient than others (methods that I won't get into here) and I could see instructors pointing someone in the right direction or simply suggesting to people that they try this or that and see if it works for them.
But I've found that, in reality, this is usually not the case. In any given classroom from age 5 to age 22, from kindergarten to ones undergrad years, one is treated the same in that ones teachers feel the need to either implicitly or explicitly force their methods of learning upon the class. Some instructors, from my personal experience, have been hugely intolerant to studying methods that differ from the norm, or to any kind of experimentation in studying methods that are non-traditional.
It was made clear to me, as well as many other people, I'm sure, that the most effective method of learning is to sit down, shut up, and be as bored as possible with the material. If it's fun, it's not learning. If I don't have to force myself and it seems too easy, I'm doing it wrong.
There is one advantage to this, however. Such mentality will train a person very well in the art of being a cubicle slave, where looking busy and being busy often outweighs actual results, and following rules to the letter to the detriment of ones personal development and stimulation is commonplace.
5 - It's expensive, and hardly ever worth the expense
If the school is private, it will be directly expensive, coming directly out of your pocket book. If it is a public primary/secondary school, it will be indirectly expensive to you and to other people in the form of taxes. If it is a public University, it likely falls into both categories at the same time. Either way, expensive.
It's not worth the price when one can easily learn the material at ones own pace, for much less, on ones own. Unless it's a highly technical field beyond general education, books on their own, or a highly efficient mentor, can be more than enough.
I recognize that not all schools or instructors are the same, but these have been my biggest incompatibilities with them, and are ultimately what caused me to give up on being taught and to instead dedicate my existence to learning.
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