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My rant about school in general
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My rant about school in general

I used to actually care about the grades I got. I would get annoyed at myself if I failed or didn't get above a C.

I used to even enjoy some assignments at school. Last year I enjoyed writing newspaper articles for newspaper class, but this year I don't care. I've written one mediocre article this year, and I like to consider myself pretty good at writing things. School has drawn all the fun out of it for me. I'm stressing too much about tests to care.

Like I said, I don't care about grades either. As long as I get that magic passing 70%, I couldn't care any less. And why should I? School doesn't give you a reason to care, no rewards or anything like that besides a letter on a piece of paper. It's meaningless to me.

Teachers wave papers in my face and complain about bad grades, but it's nothing more than one of four letters on a sheet of paper. It doesn't mean anything to me and it holds no significance to me and doesn't feel very important; it's paper and ink, after all. And I know a lot of people who feel the same way and I'm sure some of you do as well.

The testing system is broken. I memorize everything so I can pass the next test, then I forget everything I just memorized and move on. It isn't an effective method of teaching, we all know this. But parents and teachers always ask me "but sharpie, how else will we measure how much we've taught you?"

Well, aren't you the all mighty authoritative adults who know everything and are superior to me in every single way? I'm sure you can come up with something new. Oh, wait. You're too distracted with your fucking daily power trips to use your brain to think of something new.

Some assignments felt like they had meaning to me, felt like I was getting something from it. Now it's all pointless busywork. And I can't stand it when teachers finish their lecture early and give us some useless problems from the book to occupy us. We could use the last 20 minutes of class in a better way than that.
School doesn't even teach us anything we'll need in the "real world", like how to cook food and balance checkbooks and such.
I can cook tons of different foods, I can manage money damn well, but there's tons of people who can't. Why aren't there classes to teach kids about money and how to manage it from an early age?

I'm done, this is getting damn long.
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Quote:But parents and teachers always ask me "but sharpie, how else will we measure how much we've taught you?"

Well, aren't you the all mighty authoritative adults who know everything and are superior to me in every single way? I'm sure you can come up with something new. Oh, wait. You're too distracted with your fucking daily power trips to use your brain to think of something new.
So true.

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(12-13-2011 12:03 AM)SoulRiser Wrote:  
Quote:But parents and teachers always ask me "but sharpie, how else will we measure how much we've taught you?"

Well, aren't you the all mighty authoritative adults who know everything and are superior to me in every single way? I'm sure you can come up with something new. Oh, wait. You're too distracted with your fucking daily power trips to use your brain to think of something new.
So true.

So FUCKING true.
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Wow. True.

How do you "measure" something like knowledge anyways? And what in hell do they truly "measure"?

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(12-13-2011 01:40 AM)aCol Wrote:  Wow. True.

How do you "measure" something like knowledge anyways? And what in hell do they truly "measure"?

I guess your ability to memorize things, because that's all you really do to "study"
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You can't really measure knowledge, a person acquires the certain knowledge because he in interested in it. Not because he has to for no reason, I mean come on, we learn things in school that will never be used in the future and what we learn have chances of disappearing in the near future.

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(12-13-2011 08:11 AM)RaiserZero Wrote:  You can't really measure knowledge, a person acquires the certain knowledge because he in interested in it. Not because he has to for no reason, I mean come on, we learn things in school that will never be used in the future and what we learn have chances of disappearing in the near future.

true story brah. u really cant
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(12-13-2011 08:11 AM)RaiserZero Wrote:  You can't really measure knowledge, a person acquires the certain knowledge because he in interested in it. Not because he has to for no reason, I mean come on, we learn things in school that will never be used in the future and what we learn have chances of disappearing in the near future.

This is so true.
However I have to argue, that as much as I hate school and a lot of the stuff is pointless, it's not all bullshit knowledge, some of it is interesting. I just don't like the way they teach etc.

(01-10-2012 02:15 PM)Maelstrom Wrote:  Efs, your nihilism is beautiful.
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Efs Wrote:  This is so true.
However I have to argue, that as much as I hate school and a lot of the stuff is pointless, it's not all bullshit knowledge, some of it is interesting. I just don't like the way they teach etc.

I agree, a lot of things in my symposium class, which is about the brain, greatly interests me. Also some of the things in english class are very useful to me, as English isn't my first language.
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