"I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas." - Agatha Christie (Author)

Why do people defend school?

An open letter to all the people who say that school is good for you.
by SoulRiser

Why do you defend school? Because people get an education there? Okay, let's say that people get an education somewhere else, like at home. There are still plenty of people who would say that a public school education, endured for 12 years, is superior to an education gotten somewhere else that gets completed in a shorter period of time. Why is this? A lot of these people would argue that going to school "trains" kids to be better workers, it prepares them for the workforce.

But do you realize what that means? So many people that I talk to in daily life believe that having a regular job is a wonderful thing, and that not having one implies instability. Basically, people believe that routine is good. People believe that a school routine prepares people for a work routine, where they pretty much get up at the same time every day to do the same thing every day, for most of the year with possibly 2-3 weeks off if they want it.

If you defend school as the training ground of the workforce, what you are essentially defending is a place that trains people to get used to being bored and having a boring routine, so that they settle down in a boring job and get used to having a boring life, and will not have any grand aspirations for anything better. Essentially, what you are saying is this: "Life sucks, but it only gets worse". You are weak, and you are trying to make other people weak like you. You don't like it when people demand to have power over their own lives, because it reminds you of how weak you really are, and that makes you uncomfortable. You probably hate your own job and boring routine, but don't have the guts to do anything to change it, so you give in and convince yourself that it's "a fact of life" and that there really is no other way.

But there is another way. Sure, money is necessary for just about anything nowadays, but there are so many ways to get it besides a regular 9-5 routine job. And I don't mean robbing banks, either. There's freelance jobs, there's passive income, there's working from home, working online, there are so many other options. There's bound to be something that works for you. Just look around. Don't give up. Giving up is what creates the entire mindset of "you need a routine"...

So, I believe this is why people defend the idea of school so strongly. Because they really hate even thinking about the possibility that they wasted so many years doing things they hate, when in fact they didn't have to. That's why they'd rather believe that they had to, and that everyone else does too.

Written by: SoulRiser
7 May 2009

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