Would you mind taking this quick survey about your experiences in school and how you feel it has affected you? Academia Revolution is collecting stories to help explain to people how school can be a toxic environment.
Articles and Opinions
Stuff about school:
168 Remarks about public schools in America by Maurice Levine
Accepting that you are inferior by Will
If someone asks you why you got a low grade in something, do you tell them it's because you didn't care enough, or that you tried your best but just couldn't do better?
A closed-minded teacher says by SoulRiser
An email dialogue with a teacher after sending some questions to a teacher newsgroup.
A teacher's comment, and my response by SoulRiser
A teacher tells me I benefitted from public school at some point.
Bullying by SoulRiser
SoulRiser's comments on bullying in school.
Cheating at school by SoulRiser
My comments in response to a teacher calling cheaters idiots.
Communal learning makes headlines by SoulRiser
A school newspaper article about a cheating site that was shut down.
Don't get brainwashed by SoulRiser
Me ranting about how schools brainwash people.
Don't let school waste your time by SoulRiser
School wastes your free time so you'll get used to your boss doing the same thing one day.
Exams by SoulRiser
You cram for exams, then you forget it all anyway.
Feedback from a nice teacher by SoulRiser
Some constructive criticism from a teacher.
Forced Education by SoulRiser
The "right" to education gets forced onto people, which kinda ruins the whole idea.
Forced Education and Dictatorships by S. Hein
"Things work better when people do them because they want to" - comparing schools in Uruguay to schools in the rest of the world.
Freedom is the Solution for Quality in Education by David Holcberg
Government's function should be to protect people's right to pursue their education, not to provide them with one. Education should be a private business.
Good Teachers by SoulRiser
A tribute to the teachers who really care.
Habits by Will
Why all habits are bad for you in the long run.
Harm in the School System by Shaun Kerry, M.D.
A social psychiatrist says school is the root of most mental problems in the world.
Homework by SoulRiser
Not doing homework won't hurt anyone, but you still get punished.
How to inspire students by Wendy Schaetzel Lesko
Insight and Critical Thinking by Philly CheeseStake
Knowledge should be based on individual findings. Memorization doesn't help students understand the material.
Learning on the Internet (Anti-School) by David Loren Buehner
Lying in School by Geeksta
How schools encourage students to tell lies.
101 Reasons Why School Sucks by SoulRiser
School sucks because nobody gives a damn what you think.
School is boring by SoulRiser
School makes learning boring, and all you get in return is a stupid diploma.
School is Slavery by |55555|
You would think that we as a society would have woke up by now to the fact that forcing people to go to school is just flat out morally wrong.
School Survivors by SoulRiser
Once people stopped forcing me to study certain things, I found out I was actually interested in them after all.
Stupid Rules by SoulRiser
A collection of the most retarded rules in school(s).
The Good Toaster by Duke Lukem
The School of Tomorrow: Who needs it? by Zaheer Alam Kidvai
Time-Management by SoulRiser
This is about those times when everyone piles work on your head and then just tells you to "manage your time properly".
Uniforms by SoulRiser
Uniforms: uncomfortable and a waste of time and money.
U.S. Schools Are The Real Killers by C. Bradley Thompson
Weirdness, conformity and schools by Geeksta
Why conformity is so highly valued in schools.
What discipline really means by SoulRiser
You know how people keep saying "discipline" is good? Well, they should go look the word up in a dictionary first :)
Why cheat in school? by SoulRiser
The main reasons why students cheat in school.
Why I hate school in general by SoulRiser
Me ranting about why I hate school.
Why Nerds are Unpopular by Paul Graham
Because nerds are too busy with more important things to bother "trying" to become popular.
Why do people defend school? by SoulRiser
An open letter to all the people who say that school is good for you.
Why School Sucks by Terry Everton
You're not worthless by SoulRiser
Just because you don't do well in school doesn't mean you're a failure, it just means you're good at other things.
The history of compulsory schooling:Government-forced schooling was inspired by Prussia:
The purpose of the system was to instill nationalism in demoralized Prussia and to train young men for the military and the bureaucracy. As the German philosopher Johann Fichte, a key influence on the system, said, "The schools must fashion the person, and fashion him in such a way that he simply cannot will otherwise than what you wish him to will." (from this article)
Compulsory Government Education: Origins and Solutions by Rick Gee
Horrors! Maybe the Schools Are Working Just Fine by Sheldon Richman
The Nazi Model For Outcome-Based Education by Berit Kjos
Stuff about youth issues:
A Disgruntled Youth in a Divided America by Meistero
Keeping Feelings "Bottled-Up" by Will
Let's abolish high school by Dr. Robert Epstein
Well, not quite. But while writing a new book called The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen, I explored some ideas that go almost that far.
Maturity by SoulRiser
Maturity has nothing to do with age.
Respect by SoulRiser
The great ADD hoax by David Keirsey
ADD isn't a real disorder (most of the time), it's just an excuse to drug people who can't sit still.
The New Demons: Ordinary Teens by Mike Males
“While we sleep, go about our business, leave our doors unlocked, children are prowling the landscape with knives.” - No, not really.
The "rebellious stage" by SoulRiser
Rebellion isn't just some meaningless "teenage phase". That's just an excuse to ignore it.
When Child Protection Looks Like Jail: MacClaren Hall by Kirsten Anderberg
Kirsten Anderberg talks about her time in an abusive "child protection" institution.
Why kids keep secrets from parents by SoulRiser
Kids don't talk to parents because parents try to scare kids away from all the "bad" things.
Abortion by SoulRiser
Accusation of a righteous by Unknown (Manuscript found in a bottle)
April Fool's Joke by
The Beginning of Philosophy by Michio-kun
How deeply have you questioned?
Christians who disgrace Christianity by
Copy protection by SoulRiser
Courtney Love speaks against record companies by Courtney Love
Guantanamo Bay by colin
Love Society by Druidus
Middle East conflict by SoulRiser
On Coercion by Dragon4Anarchy
Organized Religion vs Faith by
Copy protection is disrespectful - pirates are heroes! by SoulRiser
Annoying your customers does not make them want to buy your stuff.
Racism has 2 sides by
Racism Survey by nikki
Secrets of the copyright trade by j
The death penalty by
Violent games by