School Survival


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True Learning Isn't Boring

Learning isn't boring. It's vibrant, thrilling, and full of possibilities. But the factory model of schooling has sucked the joy out of it, turning something that should be a natural human experience into a soul-crushing routine. You sit in those rows, under those fluorescent lights, with bells dictating when you can move, speak, or even […]

Learning cannot be forced

You sit in class, day after day, feeling trapped. The teacher drones on about topics that seem pointless, and all you can think about is how much you hate being there. You're not alone. So many teens feel the same way, suffocated by a system that demands compliance rather than curiosity. The truth is, learning […]

How truancy laws hurt people

Truancy laws are often touted as necessary measures to ensure that teens receive an education, but these laws ignore the deeper issues within the educational system that push students away in the first place. The hypocrisy of penalizing students for not attending school while ignoring the toxic environments they're forced into is both infuriating and […]

What to Do When Your Autistic Child Refuses to Go to School

You never imagined you’d be here, staring at your child who simply cannot face another day at school. Your heart aches, torn between societal expectations and the fierce love you have for your child. Every fiber of your being wants to protect them, yet you’re bombarded with messages that say school is non-negotiable. But here’s […]

What is true learning?

What is true learning? It’s not the regurgitation of facts for a test. It’s not sitting passively while someone else decides what you should know. True learning ignites a fire in your soul. It’s about curiosity, exploration, and discovery. It’s about engaging with the world around you in a way that makes you feel alive. […]

Memorization is not the same as learning

Facts and dates are hammered into your brain, one after another, like nails into a coffin. You’re supposed to remember all this stuff, spit it out on a test, and then what? Forget it all and move on to the next round of memorization? They tell you this is learning, but deep down, you know […]

Why punishment causes harm

Punishment is supposed to teach you a lesson, right? That’s what they say. But what does it really teach you? It teaches you to be afraid. It teaches you that making mistakes is something to be ashamed of, something to hide. It teaches you that your worth is tied to your ability to follow arbitrary […]

Why do kids hate school? A guide for parents

School ruins the experience of learning Think about how school operates. The rigid structure, the standardized tests, the endless homework. There’s no room for creativity, no time to explore their own interests. Learning becomes a chore, a means to an end, rather than a joyful journey of discovery. Your child is told what to learn, […]

How to finish high school online in Arkansas

Navigating the options for finishing high school online in Arkansas can feel overwhelming, especially when you're trying to find the best fit for your child's unique needs and interests. The good news is that there are several reputable programs designed to offer flexible, personalized education tailored to help students thrive. Tuition-free Schools Arkansas Virtual Academy […]

Why kids hate school, Part 8: It's even harder for neurodivergent kids

Dear Parent, Sometimes, understanding why your kid hates school feels like trying to solve a puzzle with pieces that don't quite fit. You see their struggle and their pain, and you want to help, but every step forward seems to lead to more questions than answers. It's an exhausting journey, and when your child is […]

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