[BLOG – SCHOOL ISSUES] How to Survive School: An Introduction

This article is aimed at young people who hate school and would rather be somewhere else. These young people often actually love to learn - the problem is that few subjects offered at school are interesting to them, or the way in which it is presented is just horribly boring.

Before I go on, it is possible to legally get out of school, and get your education in other ways, through homeschooling or unschooling (if your parents will let you). Since this article is more focused on how to survive school if you can't get out, more information about those options will be listed at the bottom of this article.

Here are five vital points that will help you keep your sanity:

1) Just because they like it, doesn't mean you have to.
Everybody's different. People like different things, people do things in different ways. Why should school be an exception? What were they thinking when they designed a school that would teach everyone the same stuff in the same way? Did they really think that would work? Fact is, it doesn't work. Not for everyone, at least. If you prefer to do things your own way, that's a GOOD thing. Those kids who function best when told what to do every second of their lives will probably be working for you someday.

What about those people who assume that just because they did well in school or even liked it, that everyone should be capable of the same results? Don't worry about them. You can't expect everyone to understand you, just as they can't expect everyone to react to school the way they did. You could try to reason with them, but some people just won't change their minds no matter what, so don't lose sleep over them.

2) You're not the only one.
Lots of young people hate school. Lots of older people still hate school. Does that mean people who hate school are doomed to "flip burgers the rest of their lives"? Nope. Just because someone hates school doesn't mean they hate learning - in fact, often people hate school precisely BECAUSE they love learning - school is so boring it gives learning a bad name.

Some people who won the Nobel Prize hated school:

George Bernard Shaw said, "There is nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school."
Albert Einstein said, "Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."

3) How educational is school really?

by SoulRiser

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  1. Hey: How about an episode on how to survive school if you’re a teacher. I’m about to pursue a masters degree in education, after having spent the past 10 years homeschooling my 2 kids. Yes, that’s how much I don’t want to go back to being a lawyer 🙂 I haven’t decided whether I’m the ultimate optimist or the ultimate masochist. I think it’s more the former. I have this cockeyed notion that I may be able to do some good by bringing my libertarian homeschooling perspective to the school mix. I may end up teaching in private school, or may just end up starting my own cottage school, but it sure would be nice to have some insights on surviving public school (which I’ll have to experience during student teaching) from someone who appears to be simpatico and has been there, done that. I enjoy your show, particularly your video distillations of John Gatto’s work.

  2. Thanks for posting this. I would add to the list a #6, if you are willing to discard public school, then you need to be willing to take personal responsibility for your path. It’s not enough to take pop shots at a pathetic failing institution.

    After reading this article I headed over to school-survival.net and found it to be very compatible with and complimentary to this site. I don’t know if there are any plans for future collaboration with SchoolSucksProject, but on the surface it seems like a natural and promising ally.

    I like too that they have a chat room. Their chat room suffers from the normal problems with chat rooms on the Internet, but I found several interesting folks to have decent and rational conversation with regarding alternative education. I’m not a user of Facebook anymore, so I enjoyed this discovery.


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