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One simple and easy change schools can make.
I have a proposition. How would you (all of you) feel if schools stayed EXACTLY the same as they are now, except for one addition: Anyone, at any age, and at any time whatsoever, is free to take the final high school graduation exam, without attending any classes in that school whatsoever before that point, or having any previous requirements (like years passed or whatever). They can just....

Enough is Enough
Show kids that school is not the bogeyman. Homework can be irritating at times and the idea of a bell-schedule is counter-intuitive, but all in all school's primary aim is to help you. If you can stop being anal-retentive and get over its quirks, you will find that it can be one of the best times of your life. It may be compulsory, but it's for your own good. Just man up and go with it. Society isn't trying to brainwash you. Trust me; I used to be one of you guys....

Youth is not a fucking test!
School already sucks for most kids. Wouldn't it suck more if you were told every day that nothing you were doing mattered? That your social lives, your writing, your creativity, your games, were all just a fucking waste? That it was all going to be meaningless one day.
There's a lot of things that contribute to the problems of youth, but one of the worst things is the delusion that your youth is a test, a training period for the real world. What the fuck is this "real world"? A job, a relationship, "adult" problems?

How Teenage Rebellion Has Become a Mental Illness
This is, in my mind, one irrefutable reason why our school system needs to change. We shouldn't have to make the nation's children and teens suffer through unneeded psychiatric "care"--which in my experience can be incredibly and needlessly traumatic--just to conform to a system that doesn't do it's job anyway.

Intelligence vs. Effort
That's right. Ignore the kid when he says it's "boring" and "pointless", and rather assume that what he REALLY means to say is that the work is "too difficult" and he is "unmotivated".

Piggy, why are you so angry?
Bullied means Dad or Teacher or the Principal or the Priest can offer you useful advice or intercession; terrorized means you learn far too young that adults are often weak or ineffectual of liars.
Terrorized means sitting in your tie and shirt-sleeves in Sunday School, listening to sermons about the Prince of Peace and being kind and forgiving, alongside of people who will pound you into the ground like a tent spike the minute you get outside.
Terrorized means while he or she empathizes, the Teacher is very, very busy and there are so many rules, and they really can’t do a fucking thing.

If children and parents could legally do to each other...
It's certainly not going to happen any time soon, but if children and parents could legally do anything to each other, lots of problems could get fixed.
I've believed for a while that parents should be allowed to do whatever they want to their children but that this power should not be enforced by the government. It makes a lot of sense because children are just extensions of parents.
This would prevent the government from getting in the way of good parents and allow the bad parents' children to fail, kill themselves or run away. If children can also do whatever they want to their parents, their parents have to avoid getting their children angry enough to kill them.

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An education is an essential part of any young person’s development, in order to obtain both the social and academic skills necessary to proceed into adulthood. It can also be a very stressful and intimidating environment.
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