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How important is school compared to the rest our lives?
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How important is school compared to the rest our lives?

Today, I was bored and I decided to calculate: "Excluding sick days, if I was do the minimum required schooling of my country (up until the age of 16), how much of my life would I have spent sitting behind a desk, listening to a teacher?", then adding the extra two years I could be doing in high school.

My results:
The minimum schooling requirement: 7 years (and a bit more)
... with the two extra years: 8 years 4 months 6 days 15 hours 12 minutes

On both of these... they equate to nearly half my life. (bleh, is really that long? Goingcrazy) I still have the compulsory exams of my country to do this year, and then I've got 3 options. I can either: get a job, vocational schooling, or suck up to my school for two more years to get the grades for going to a university. Since finding out this personal statistic, I've been wondering about how much I would really get out of school. I would like to do be some sort of designer/artist (architecture, art, engineering, e.t.c.) and I really don't want to work in a soul-crushing monotonous atmosphere of an office.
I'm interested to ask a few questions to users:

1) To what extent was/is listening to a teacher useful in your normal life?
2) How did you get to working your job? (If you don't have a job, feel free to skip this question.)
3) If you've left school, do you still keep in contact with your high school friends? If not, tell how long it took to stop contacting each other.
4) How useful is going to uni? (I would be very interested in the employability rates of a graduate.)
5) How long after leaving school did it take to forget "school"?
6) If you have a job/go to school, how do you manage not to get your soul crushed?

I ask those questions, since at school, you cannot "see" completely of your options by relying on one answer completely, especially if the person speaking to me did a completely different field to what you want to do Confused, or is inclined to lie (e.g. teachers). If I keep being told about the relevance of high school, on either side of the argument and am intelligent enough to know that a qualification might be worthless for getting a job, how relevant is school v.s. the rest your our lives?

EDIT: I accidentally edited the OP's original post and had to restore it. Sorry bout that.
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RE: How important is school compared to the rest our lives?

Listening is always important. Course doesnt mean your teacher is saying the right stuff.
I got ma job via references and kept it with skillz
I keep in phone contact. Most of classmates were pretty close in friendship.
While I think benefits of uni are overexaggerated, unfortunately its true that uni will make a difference.
Depends on how much of a soft unpassionate obedient slave you are. True revolutionaries never forget, never surrender!
I sometimes hated going to work, but I loved doing ma job. Course now Im back in uni and its soul angering. I just find a solution to make things more towards my liking, and if unable I will harass the people in charge who can enact change

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How important is school compared to the rest our lives?

1) To what extent was/is listening to a teacher useful in your normal life?
Eh, probably only my 8th grade core teachers and a few outside 9th grade were worth listening to IMO. The rest were either quite hostile and/or to boring for me to ever think they could actually say anything useful.

So, to answer your question, probably slim to none.

2) How did you get to working your job? (If you don't have a job, feel free to skip this question.)
I got it by walking into the business a lot. Became a regular face in a few weeks, and an associate in the department I wanna work in is leaving in about a week so I will be her replacement.

3) If you've left school, do you still keep in contact with your high school friends? If not, tell how long it took to stop contacting each other.
Eh, only a very few on FB. I have a very few more on FB that I've added to keep up with them in the event they wanna talk to me but that's it. Not really a whole lot. School relationships, for the most part, are very forgettable and aren't that meaningful.

4) How useful is going to uni? (I would be very interested in the employability rates of a graduate.)
The usefulness of going to college/uni is grossly exaggerated, but in general it's projected you gain a lot more advantages continuing going to school than doing something unconventional (making a hobby a career). I will not be attending school ever again after my GED.

5) How long after leaving school did it take to forget "school"?
Honestly, I'll never forget it. I've left it, but all of the hate and pain that's been caused by the system has left it's mark. They say that with time things get better, but they don't. The mental images and emotional scars will always be there.

6) If you have a job/go to school, how do you manage not to get your soul crushed?
Not sure how it will be crushed since I'm going to like my job, but there will be days where I'll most likely not wanna go. I'll have to suck it up though, for the sake of my paycheck.

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How important is school compared to the rest our lives?

1) To what extent was/is listening to a teacher useful in your normal life?
I don't remember much of what they said... so I'm guessing not much.

2) How did you get to working your job? (If you don't have a job, feel free to skip this question.)
By starting this website (the one you're looking at right now). Then I starting learning stuff about making money from ads. Then I made a few more sites.

3) If you've left school, do you still keep in contact with your high school friends? If not, tell how long it took to stop contacting each other.
I kept in touch with 2 of them for a couple of years. They changed phone numbers, moved, etc. It kinda faded away. I still have them on Facebook, for what that's worth.

4) How useful is going to uni? (I would be very interested in the employability rates of a graduate.)
I have no idea. In my case it was only useful for finding an awesome bunch of friends, but of course, your mileage may vary.

5) How long after leaving school did it take to forget "school"?
I still haven't. (14 years later). Although I'm not entirely sure how to interpret this question?

6) If you have a job/go to school, how do you manage not to get your soul crushed?
I'm self-employed, so if I'm crushing my soul, it's entirely my own fault and I need to do something about it.

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RE: How important is school compared to the rest our lives?

1) To what extent was/is listening to a teacher useful in your normal life?

It was not, as far as I can remember. It was often detrimental.

2) How did you get to working your job? (If you don't have a job, feel free to skip this question.)

I translate for university students. Gf offered the idea and put some advertisement for me.

3) If you've left school, do you still keep in contact with your high school friends? If not, tell how long it took to stop contacting each other.

I keep contact with about 4.

4) How useful is going to uni? (I would be very interested in the employability rates of a graduate.)

I never went there, so I can't tell you. My long term goal is to work and create more democratic schools. Don't need uni for it, so didn't go. If you feel you need uni for something that's interesting for you and you don't want to learn it by yourself, I think it could be great.

5) How long after leaving school did it take to forget "school"?

Not sure about the question, but I think I stopped having bad dreams about it like 2-3 years after it, near the end of army service.

6) If you have a job/go to school, how do you manage not to get your soul crushed?

Self employed like soul riser, I play starcraft 2 until I can be arsed to translate more. No timetable except my own.
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RE: How important is school compared to the rest our lives?

I think what have I learn is the time when you left school,all you rememberd is what you learned.I left school when I was 17,but go back school when I am 19,make some new friends and start solve math problem again.sorry for the bad english,now I am doing my homework…eww,think I can defeat math , I guess.
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School is important for every one to complete education and improve live standard. It is the easy way to learn many things about the world, society, culture etc.
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(11-29-2014 08:40 PM)mehr672 Wrote:  School is important for every one to complete education and improve live standard. It is the easy way to learn many things about the world, society, culture etc.
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