"I hate school, and I don't want to go back!"
It's okay to hate school:
There is nothing wrong with you.
This new survey was inspired by School is optional: Ken Danford at TEDxAmherstCollege as well as the visitor survey (top of page) and the situations of members of our community who are only in school because their parents can't find options or don't want to explore them.
If you can't leave school -- or it doesn't look likely any time soon -- there are still ways to pursue your interests and figure out your life.
If you're in a place of darkness, there's hope, and we'll do what we can to listen and help you through it.
Let's just make a shortlist of reasons why school as usual is far from the best way to learn. The object is to get a concise list we can refer other people to.
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Schools Kill Creativity
In fact, you're probably perfectly sane.
Don't trust school to 'educate' you - only you can be trusted with that!
Why I hate school, but love education
This psychologist has a message for kids who hate school:I, as an adult and a psychologist, want to say to any children out there who hate school: you are not alone. Most people hate it too, but usually they don't feel entitled to say so, and many can't bear to think about it so they hardly even know how they feel. You are not mad - you don't have a Deep Psychological Problem (though you might develop one if you stay in school against your will!); and you are not bad for wanting to live your life the way you choose, doing what you think right - that is what everyone should be doing. You are not the problem: coercion is the problem. Being forced to go to school is the problem. (read the rest of this article)
But kids need an education!If you think kids would not learn anything if it were not for school, you might not be aware that there are alternatives to school. You can even take classes online.
What anti-school does NOT mean
We are not anti-education. We are not anti-learning. Learning means to acquire knowledge, and education is basically learning with help from other people. Those are both good things. Right, now that that's out of the way, what is "anti-school" all about then?
What anti-school DOES mean
Lets face a few facts first. How many people remember more than 20% of the stuff they "learned" at school? I personally don't know of any, apart from people who later on became school teachers. School doesn't give students just about ANY choice of what they would like to learn about, or HOW they would like to learn it. In fact, it's gotten so bad, that every time someone mentions the word "learn", people instantly think of "memorize". Just look at all those "memory-enhancer" things on the market, and "mind-maps" and whatever other method of memorizing things. Memorizing is NOT the same as learning! School is about MEMORIZING, not LEARNING anything useful (hey, apart from basic reading and writing, but they even manage to make that so awfully boring most kids hate learning about it).
So, in short, "anti-school" means exactly what it says. We are against school, because school is giving education and learning a bad reputation.
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By the way, "anti-school" doesn't mean "anti-education".
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Videos about Hating SchoolSome serious, some funny... all relevant.
Download this siteThe School Survival Guide: For offline reading, easier printing & distribution... (It's not the WHOLE site - there's no way the WHOLE site would fit in one text file and still be readable... but it's a good summary anyway).
school_survival_guide_v1-3.zip - Version 1.3
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