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Greetings, newbie here.

Stuck in computer lab at my school waiting for 7th period to end, so I thought I'd do a quick google search and found this site. I can't say I hate school (seems like a lot of you guys do hate it), but I do find it pointless. Meeting friends and learning the current social norm is what I believe to be the most important aspect of school.

Though, I do like getting good marks and whatnot since it makes me feel accomplished, but I can say for sure that 80% of the materials I'm learning are gonna end up in the trash. I only find English and math (up to algebra 1) to be important for the career path I plan on heading (perhaps some sciences too).

But yea, other than a few actual life useful courses, friends, and learning the social norm, school is useless.

Anyways, hope ya'll respect my views and I'll respect your views too Biggrin
02-02-2013 08:51 AM
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RE: Greetings, newbie here.

Hi there, welcome Smile

Quote:But yea, other than a few actual life useful courses, friends, and learning the social norm, school is useless.
All of which could be acquired elsewhere. Smile

People make friends outside of schools all the time, people keep up with social stuff everywhere else in the world (also, a lot of 'social norms' are school-specific, so your information might not even be accurate if you rely on school alone). And then we have the internet, where you can look up pretty much anything you could ever want to know...

Anyhoo, it's best for your sanity if you don't hate it, so feel free to continue with that. Biggrin

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RE: Greetings, newbie here.

what's your favorite movie?

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