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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jhenderson75 6 years ago from Most likely the couch

Reasons to go to school: (1) They teach you grammar.

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thehands 6 years ago Author

You know how many people graduate without a good grasp of grammar, or spelling, or other basic things? Lots. It's certainly no guarantee that a person will learn good grammar by sitting in class and memorizing grammatical rules.

School didn't do much to teach me grammar. Most people who have a functional grasp of good sentence structure get it from reading a lot of books, I've noticed. Some of the same people who sat in the same classes with them, but who were less literate, still had crappy writing skills in spite of absorbing the same class material.

And, anyway, there are already a million and a half reasons that people come up with to convince other people to go to school. I'd rather convince them not to.

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rgarnett 6 years ago from KC, MO

LOL, I don't think that grammar is all that important, frankly. I don't really grasp the concept and I graduated with honors. I find it to be a stylistic choice to write as I see fit. I am a comma user's public enemy#1. While I don't agree that school is useless and I think its important to go to school to get some sort of education - but you make very good points! :)

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flutterbygems 6 years ago

I can see where you are coming from on this topic. I ended up quitting school at the begining of 10th grade. I did receive my GED. Before I took the GED test, I had to take a placement exam. I scored college level all across. I think that once you reach a certain grade level that it just starts repeating itself. My mother went to college and graduated with many awards. The funny thing is...she is working in a field that has nothing at all to do with her major. I honestly think that once a person passes a certain grade in high school that they should offer other classes that can assist them in their actual life (such as financial management). But now days...there are not that many jobs left. I feel sorry for those who went to college for 8 years to become a doctor. The way way our nation is even they are going to start having issues...and they worked really hard for years to get where they are at. Its all in how you look at it. Education is very important but I do believe that other skills or areas of interest helpful in real life should be added.

esmaril 3 years ago

I think this is the first non-ironic hub I've seen from you. Mind you, I haven't read them all. :) However, I'm going to have to disagree with you on education. I do think education has a lot of faults, and I myself considered some of your points as I also believe that having "an education" isn't necessarily being a "learned" person (nor that being "learned" should be one's goal in life). However, the idea of education is that it's the great equalizer -- terrible considering its effects on the plasticity of the mind, wonderful considering its ability to let people live their own lives. Unfortunately, in America, education is the only true remedy to the cycle of poverty, a cycle that can impede one's ability to know themselves as they're always having to worry about the material side of life.

btw, this is all from the eyes of an aspiring educator. Although I've been having doubts lately. :)

p.s. I love your hub collection/ thingy. I really don't know what the whole thing is called.

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