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August 2001 - June 2017

The School Survival Forums are permanently retired. If you need help with quitting school, unsupportive parents or anything else, there is a list of resources on the Help Page.

If you want to write about your experiences in school, you can write on our blog.

To everyone who joined these forums at some point, and got discouraged by the negativity and left after a while (or even got literally scared off): I'm sorry.

I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

I was a very, very sensitive teen. The atmosphere of this forum as it is now, if it had existed in 1996, would probably have upset me far more than it would have helped.

I can handle quite a lot of negativity and even abuse now, but that isn't the point. I want to help people. I want to help the people who need it the most, and I want to help people like the 1996 version of me.

I'm still figuring out the best way to do that, but as it is now, these forums are doing more harm than good, and I can't keep running them.

Thank you to the few people who have tried to understand my point of view so far. I really, really appreciate you guys. You are beautiful people.

Everyone else: If after everything I've said so far, you still don't understand my motivations, I think it's unlikely that you will. We're just too different. Maybe someday in the future it might make sense, but until then, there's no point in arguing about it. I don't have the time or the energy for arguing anymore. I will focus my time and energy on people who support me, and those who need help.

-SoulRiser

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  Thread: My parents are stopping me
Post: RE: My parents are stopping me

I don't know why I keep being surprised when parents respond this way. My first reaction is: they think you are saying you don't want to become educated. You have to show them that that isn't true. T...
lisafromjackson Alternative Learning & Income 12 6,318 01-05-2016, 11:16 PM
  Thread: bullshit rules
Post: bullshit rules

I couldn't even read that. I started feeling like I was settling into a coma.
lisafromjackson School Talk 5 3,157 12-11-2015, 01:55 AM
  Thread: SS has a Tumblr now
Post: SS has a Tumblr now

Awesome!
lisafromjackson Announcements 7 4,429 10-19-2015, 06:28 AM
  Thread: Hello
Post: Hello

Hi artchemist99! How do your parents feel about you and school?
lisafromjackson Welcome! 5 1,854 10-19-2015, 05:30 AM
  Thread: Who here hates school?
Post: Who here hates school?

Hi....I haven't been around in awhile but I'm curious to know...who is active on these boards who is still in school....and hates it? Go.
lisafromjackson School Talk 16 4,857 10-19-2015, 05:23 AM
  Thread: If you think it sucks, that's the ballgame.
Post: If you think it sucks, that's the ballgame.

I have been thinking about the adults who might try to convince kids that school really isn't so bad; or that school might be bad but it's necessary for your future; or that the lesson to "suck it up"...
lisafromjackson School Talk 3 3,405 07-26-2015, 12:18 AM
  Thread: Fantasy: Life without school
Post: Fantasy: Life without school

Imagine your routine. I think boredom at home is what a lot of students envision. Of course it won't always result in boredom, it depends on the person. But can you tell us what your day might look li...
lisafromjackson School Talk 10 4,001 07-05-2015, 11:47 PM
  Thread: Fantasy: Life without school
Post: Fantasy: Life without school

When you envision your life without school, what do you see? Indulge your fantasy here.
lisafromjackson School Talk 10 4,001 07-05-2015, 11:24 PM
  Thread: Considering dropping out of school.
Post: Considering dropping out of school.

I understand...I have a sister myself. But you deserve attention too. -- perhaps not in a confrontational way, but your peace and happiness is important too. You sound so unhappy, and what you wan...
lisafromjackson School Talk 26 7,608 07-04-2015, 10:32 AM
  Thread: Considering dropping out of school.
Post: Considering dropping out of school.

Don't give up, Dead. Keep talking about what you want. Keep talking about how you're feeling. Not only to us...to your mom. Think about what you like to do, what you enjoy. Talk about that too.
lisafromjackson School Talk 26 7,608 07-04-2015, 10:06 AM
  Thread: MurkScribe post on Catalyst blog...
Post: MurkScribe post on Catalyst blog...

"Now today deep inside I feel a hollowness in my heart, and yet I feel pushed by my parents and by school staff and kids to be pushed unto the college to work conveyor belt. I reject this; I spit it o...
lisafromjackson School Talk 0 1,522 06-16-2015, 07:53 AM
  Thread: Writing project -- tell your story
Post: Writing project -- tell your story

Any budding writers in the group? If you want some writing practice and coaching as well as getting publicity for what school is really like for you (or was like, past tense) then we can help each ot...
lisafromjackson School Talk 0 1,361 06-09-2015, 04:34 AM
  Thread: this year: the worst one I have ever encountered.
Post: this year: the worst one I have ever encountered.

I'd like to edit this a tiny bit (like put in paragraph breaks) and put it on our blog if that is OK with you?
lisafromjackson School Talk 1 1,762 06-08-2015, 12:46 AM
  Thread: Hansgrohe post on Catalyst blog!
Post: Hansgrohe post on Catalyst blog!

An edited forum post by Hansgrohe is the latest on the new Catalyst blog, which we want to be a voice of young people who hate school -- like a broader Voices of School Survival. Catalyst Learning Ne...
lisafromjackson School Talk 1 1,633 06-07-2015, 10:15 AM
  Thread: Hangout for Parents this Friday
Post: Hangout for Parents this Friday

I see that there are a lot of views to this post but no responses. What is the situation with your parents right now?
lisafromjackson School Talk 1 1,627 05-22-2015, 12:09 AM
  Thread: Hangout for Parents this Friday
Post: Hangout for Parents this Friday

This is an opportunity for your parents to get some support. Whether they agree with your desire to leave school or not, they might appreciate talking to others in the same situation. Does Your Child...
lisafromjackson School Talk 1 1,627 05-21-2015, 04:28 AM
  Thread: something I've been thinking about
Post: something I've been thinking about

6. What is faith?
lisafromjackson School Talk 12 4,347 05-17-2015, 09:12 AM
  Thread: Student Action to Change Education
Post: Student Action to Change Education

The students on this site understand better than anyone why school needs to change. For all students, we need to find a way to up the volume control on what school is really like, and how it could be ...
lisafromjackson School Talk 3 2,086 05-14-2015, 03:18 AM
  Thread: Homework and procastination
Post: Homework and procastination

Productivity is AMAZING when you have chosen what to work on and have worked hard to achieve it.
lisafromjackson Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 9 2,712 05-12-2015, 12:11 AM
  Thread: John Taylor Gatto's response to my letter
Post: RE: John Taylor Gatto's response to my letter

He totally renounced that award. He includes it to show that at one time he belonged to the establishment. It gives his complete turnaround context.
lisafromjackson School Talk 18 8,783 05-11-2015, 02:26 AM
  Thread: Teacher I had last year arrested on assault charges
Post: Teacher I had last year arrested on assault charge...

Yeah, deeply disturbing. So much hatred of young people.
lisafromjackson School Talk 7 3,882 05-08-2015, 11:34 PM
  Thread: Hangout for Parents
Post: Hangout for Parents

Bumping this up again... I also started a Facebook group, "Parents of Students who Hate School," a support group. I think your parents could be more interested in support than you might think. Also,...
lisafromjackson Alternative Learning & Income 3 3,399 05-08-2015, 11:16 PM
  Thread: Hangout for Parents
Post: Hangout for Parents

On Friday we are having another hangout on the subject, "Does your child hate school?" I wonder if there are people here who think they might get their parents to tune in? Here is the short blurb: ...
lisafromjackson Alternative Learning & Income 3 3,399 05-08-2015, 04:06 AM
  Thread: [split] A little update
Post: A little update

OK. Wait...what?
lisafromjackson Split Discussions 11 6,013 05-07-2015, 09:44 AM
  Thread: Prison release is so fucking soon
Post: Prison release is so fucking soon

Hansgrohe, will you make a commitment to teaching the group some sociology as you go? Share what's really interesting, give us some reading so we can keep up with you?
lisafromjackson School Talk 7 4,158 05-07-2015, 09:32 AM
  Thread: So I made some good progress with my Dad and need some help
Post: So I made some good progress with my Dad and need ...

Wow. This is amazing and great. I'm sure we can find any number of people who can do the job! Let's talk.
lisafromjackson Alternative Learning & Income 3 3,241 05-06-2015, 09:22 AM
  Thread: Prison release is so fucking soon
Post: Prison release is so fucking soon

I hope college answers all of your hopes for it!
lisafromjackson School Talk 7 4,158 05-05-2015, 11:03 PM
  Thread: Do I need to high school diploma or a G.E.D in order to get a job?
Post: Do I need to high school diploma or a G.E.D in ord...

Hans, sure, a job can require a diploma or a degree, IMHO. Murk, I can see we can't shake you from your obsession about working! I understand, but I don't think your inquiries will result in satisfa...
lisafromjackson Alternative Learning & Income 9 6,759 05-05-2015, 04:28 AM
  Thread: How do I organize a protest?
Post: How do I organize a protest?

The thing that will help in both those circumstances is greater student voice. Maybe the protest you organize should have a list of demands, ways in which you want the school to elevate student voice,...
lisafromjackson School Talk 27 5,428 05-04-2015, 11:07 PM
  Thread: Fuck it, I'm gonna be a blue collar worker.
Post: Fuck it, I'm gonna be a blue collar worker.

Well, it's hard to stop worrying about the things you worry about. I can't stop worrying about when my kid goes off to college, and various other things. But sometimes worry takes over and prevents o...
lisafromjackson Alternative Learning & Income 14 4,239 05-04-2015, 10:28 AM
  Thread: Fuck it, I'm gonna be a blue collar worker.
Post: Fuck it, I'm gonna be a blue collar worker.

Murk, why do you think you dwell so much on your future workplace?
lisafromjackson Alternative Learning & Income 14 4,239 05-04-2015, 09:58 AM
  Thread: OK so I want to drop out of high school.
Post: OK so I want to drop out of high school.

The learning plan to present to your parents is important. It's only that -- a plan. It's something that will get their attention and speak to your commitment to run your own learning. When you get go...
lisafromjackson School Talk 4 2,703 05-01-2015, 10:23 PM
  Thread: At my school you need to have a 2.0 gpa to play sports
Post: At my school you need to have a 2.0 gpa to play sp...

I think it sucks and I have voted against it every time it has come up before my school board.
lisafromjackson School Talk 8 4,610 04-29-2015, 04:38 AM
  Thread: "I Hate School" Tweetfest Thursday, 7 pm EST
Post: "I Hate School" Tweetfest Thursday, 7 pm EST

On Thursday we're having an I Hate School tweet fest. Join us! Tweet why you hate school, to the ‪#‎hateschool‬ hashtag, and maybe we'll even talk about the reasons, and what we can do about it. http...
lisafromjackson School Talk 0 1,619 04-29-2015, 04:34 AM
  Thread: Update on Catalyst Learning Network
Post: Update on Catalyst Learning Network

Oh, yeah, sorry, EST.
lisafromjackson Alternative Learning & Income 9 4,173 04-26-2015, 09:27 AM
  Thread: Update on Catalyst Learning Network
Post: Update on Catalyst Learning Network

Catalyst Learning Network wants to be part of a "school replacement" program for teens who hate school. How is it going? We would like to "launch" our program this Fall. If you are interested in be...
lisafromjackson Alternative Learning & Income 9 4,173 04-26-2015, 08:52 AM
  Thread: Hangout tonight, DOES YOUR CHILD HATE SCHOOL?
Post: RE: Hangout tonight, DOES YOUR CHILD HATE SCHOOL?

(04-25-2015 03:43 AM)craxyguy562 Wrote:  dun dun duuuun Hmmm?
lisafromjackson School Talk 3 2,564 04-25-2015, 04:21 AM
  Thread: Hangout tonight, DOES YOUR CHILD HATE SCHOOL?
Post: Hangout tonight, DOES YOUR CHILD HATE SCHOOL?

This would be a good event for your parents. Does anyone think they might be able to get their parents to log on? What kind of info would they need ahead of time? Do you think this doc would be hel...
lisafromjackson School Talk 3 2,564 04-25-2015, 12:17 AM
  Thread: Hello!
Post: Hello!

I am not sure how much satisfaction you will get from online classes...you might check us out, as xcriteria suggested. There are better ways to educate yourself, and it sounds like you have plenty of ...
lisafromjackson Welcome! 15 3,071 04-24-2015, 07:06 AM
  Thread: HANGOUT TONIGHT: "There is nothing wrong with you."
Post: HANGOUT TONIGHT: "There is nothing wrong with you....

Be part of Catalyst's first Podcast! Do you believe there is nothing wrong with you?
lisafromjackson School Talk 5 2,609 04-24-2015, 06:40 AM
  Thread: Transitioning from middle school to high school
Post: Transitioning from middle school to high school

On the school board and among administrators, the favorite topic is The Transition from Middle to High School. I get very sick of it. At one point, they were almost gleeful at the thought of the reali...
lisafromjackson School Talk 5 3,191 04-24-2015, 06:35 AM
  Thread: HANGOUT TONIGHT: "There is nothing wrong with you."
Post: There is nothing wrong with you.

Please come to the hangout. We'd love to include your experiences in the podcast.
lisafromjackson School Talk 5 2,609 04-24-2015, 01:05 AM
  Thread: HANGOUT TONIGHT: "There is nothing wrong with you."
Post: There is nothing wrong with you.

It also occurs to me that maybe, for some folks, the words haven't really "sunk in," because the messages of school are hard to combat, particularly if they are under the surface, not overtly stated. ...
lisafromjackson School Talk 5 2,609 04-24-2015, 12:08 AM
  Thread: HANGOUT TONIGHT: "There is nothing wrong with you."
Post: HANGOUT TONIGHT: "There is nothing wrong with you....

Special "School Survival" hangout tonight..."There is nothing wrong with you." How did you feel when you first read those words, or realized that you weren't what school was making you believe about y...
lisafromjackson School Talk 5 2,609 04-23-2015, 11:55 PM
  Thread: How is the communicating going?
Post: RE: How is the communicating going?

(04-11-2015 12:44 AM)Cianna200 Wrote:  Well I get disappointed and all my ways don't work, my grandfather also doesn't use computers. I'd be interested in hearing more about the conversations,...
lisafromjackson School Talk 14 4,625 04-11-2015, 07:08 AM
  Thread: How is the communicating going?
Post: How is the communicating going?

Brainiac, how could that apply to actually leaving school? Cianna, what happens after your grandfather disagrees? Do you try to think of different ways to make your points? Do you give up, ask him to...
lisafromjackson School Talk 14 4,625 04-10-2015, 11:24 PM
  Thread: Educational Freedom Organization Proposal
Post: Educational Freedom Organization Proposal

What are you going to converse with state representatives about?
lisafromjackson School Talk 14 5,904 04-10-2015, 07:24 AM
  Thread: New website for Catalyst Learning Network
Post: New website for Catalyst Learning Network

If you have some time take a few minutes and go through the Catalyst Learning Network site at http://catalystnetwork.strikingly.com. 1. Is it clear what Catalyst is? 2. Is it clear what Catalyst does...
lisafromjackson Alternative Learning & Income 2 2,776 04-10-2015, 05:45 AM
  Thread: How is the communicating going?
Post: How is the communicating going?

Friday night, 7:00 pm Online Video Chat How to talk to your parents about school? When you talk to your parents about school, do you feel like you are successfully getting your message across? What ...
lisafromjackson School Talk 14 4,625 04-10-2015, 05:23 AM
  Thread: I'm a Parent...
Post: I'm a Parent...

I don't mean to deny that a site for kids who hate school will not become a breeding ground for anti-establishment viewpoints that will get pushed to an extreme. It will. But where is this coming from...
lisafromjackson School Talk 45 11,135 04-08-2015, 11:54 PM

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