What is the purpose of school?


What I feel like doing during class

Like many teenagers since the dawn of school, I often catch myself (during class usually when not falling asleep) wondering what (if any) part of this class is actually going to matter later in life. Take AP Human Geography, for example, a social studies class that my school offers. All it is about is: different types of migration/immgration, cultures throughout the world and agriculture. The class sometimes can be actually okay, other times, it’s super boring.  Moving on, math. Who needs to know algebra when we have a calculator? It saves a lot of time. Next, I LOVE  English. That is a class that I could spend way more than 80 minutes every other day in. But, who needs to know what an adjective, adverb, verb, or noun is? I’ve never been in an instance where knowing this have come into effect. Well, except for playing games, but, that’s the only one. Biology. I don’t think that I will need to know any thing about cells and whatnot, but, I could be wrong. ASL (American Sign Language) is the language class (they are required) that I am taking. Again, I really like ASL, but, the only instance in which I believe that I would only use it is when I come into contact with a Deaf person, which I have done before, but, don’t plan do so very much.

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Studying at coffee shops


My friend orginally posted this on her tumblr. I thought it was so good that I re-posted it on there and now on here:

Starbucks, the largest coffee chain in the world

“One of my goals for my Senior year ahead is to study in a coffee shop or bookstore at least three times. The library wouldn’t be too bad either but I’ve done this previously and perhaps wouldn’t be as much as a challenge. Although I don’t drink caffeinated beverages the warm smell of mocha with the sound of flipping crisp pages of a book sounds appealing to me. The only thing holding me back is the expenses as it seems polite to purchase something while you’re taking up a matter of space in their building. With this in mind maybe something such as Powell’s Bookstore wouldn’t be too bad to sit down at, as they already have business as it is and thus seem not to mind if you walk out with only what you came with. We’ll have to wait and see a time after Wednesday as not even a second of my academic life for this year has begun yet. Here’s to a good year!”

Maybe next year won’t be my senior year (sophomore perhaps) but, I may have to set this as one of my goals.

Teachers and the kids who don’t like them


The teacher that most kids see in other teachers

Everyday, I hear kids complain about their teachers and how their “jerks” (or worse.) I have had some of the same teachers and their not “jerks”. They’re actually quite nice to me, they just want you to do their work. Plain and simple.

I find it funny that it’s the kids who don’t the work, slack off, talk during class, etc. that say that their teachers are jerks. Of course their being that to them, they have to, because, that’s what the kid is being to them. Why should they be nice to the student who is being disrespectful to them? I don’t think so. To the students, if you want to the teacher to be nice to you, be nice to the teacher and don’t do any of things that I have just listed (or anything remarkably close to it.)

Trust me, it works. The teachers will become nicer, and will  stop nagging you to do what you should be doing. They may even give you a little grace.

The teacher that students, who obey and do what is asked, see

School


sadly

the boring thing that hogs up most of our schedule September-June

Sadly, with a little more than a month left in Summer, this seems to be on everyone’s mind, including mine. To me, School can sort of feel like a prison sometimes. There are some good things but mostly it just seems like rules, restrictions, and regulations.  It’s like they’re trying to separate us from the rest of the world, only to force it upon us after we graduate, leaving us to figure out how to operate in it. Here are some rules that the school has in place that I don’t think apply when it comes to the ‘real world’:

For instance

The device that most schools blame for an increase in cheating

For instance the no cell phone or electronics rule.  People who have jobs are going to have their cell phones on them and turned on. Some will maybe even have radios and

even have radios

How is listening to music going to disrupt us working?

Ipods to listen to, but, mostly on their breaks, in other words, our passing and lunch times. With this rule, I feel like that the school is trying to mislead us in what the actual world is like. However, I do realize that having cell phones on, increases the temptation to cheat, so, that being said, the school should allow us to have our cell phones on, but, only during certain times during the day, compromising. But, I highly doubt that listening to whatever music we listen to, will cause us to cheat.

Also, a rule is no eating during class, however, some teachers let us do it. I know people who when sitting at their desk at work, eat. Even when there is a computer nearby. Computer teachers do not tolerate eating in their classroom, but, why? We’re high school students  for crying out loud! We’re about to go into the real world! let us pay for our mistakes. Let us eat near computers, and if we spill or whatever, have us pay to replace it! It might actually teach us, or give you (the teacher) a chance to teach us, a life lesson-being careful and fixing our mistakes.

teach us a life lesson

One of the foods that some teachers let us eat during class

All in all, I agree with most of the school rules and regulations (get in a fight-you get suspended.), but, this just seem a little ludicrous to me.