I am going to respond to your post with the reporters best question… Why?
It seems to me that High School is sort of a “jack of all trades, master of none” type institution. Or at least it would be if there were more than four subjects being offered with any kind of variety. Math, Science, English, Social Studies. These are the four base subjects and the product of four years seems to be nothing more than a jumble of formulas and factoids on a stack of 3x5 cards.
The fruit of our labor is rewarded with a piece of paper which does nothing more than state that our school system got us to memorize material for a period of time long enough to regurgitate it onto an exam form with something greater than a 60% accuracy.
My question to you again is: Why?
I started this program for selfish reasons. I didn’t want to go to school so I could focus on my work as a writer, but now my motivations have changed. I’ll quote from the 1976 drama “Network” to clarify. “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” This isn’t just about what I have to do to get by, this is about what everyone has been or will be forced to do if something doesn’t change. It’s a bit of a 1st world problem, I know, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
Under the current system, yes, I could just take it. I could deal with it because that’s what’s expected of me, but why should I have to? And I’ll go even further: Should I? Should anyone?
I’m not trying to demonize the school system, though it may sound like it. What I am trying to do is get people to listen to these words which are consistently overlooked and written off as childhood ignorance: High School is a waste of time. I do not mean that there is nothing valuable in it, but what I do mean is that time could be better spent in another fashion.