Teachers, principals, parents, and pro-schoolies alike like to tell you that “school is like work” and such. Let’s debunk all the ones I’ve been told.
1. “School is like work”
This one is the 2nd worst, because there’s one that’s far worse. First off, you get paid at work. The teachers, principals, and assistants may tell you, “well, you get paid in education/learning/knowledge/teacher services/whatever”. However, I’m not learning, I’m memorizing. I’m copying down info from boring-as-hell lectures and doing mundane assignments. I could learn at home far better than I could at school. Not only that, but is it just me, or does the term “work” here seem generalized? There are many workplaces and occupations, none are the same. I’m not sure of a workplace where you get legitimate currency where you’re memorizing factoids and having to copy them down for standardized tests and doing mundane assignments at home, but if you know one, tell me.
2. “Think of school like a mini-version of the real world”
I was told this one at an assembly. What. The. Fuck. This couldn’t be any more false. The real world is, well, the real world. Go into any city, any given downtown, any given neighborhood, what’s being experienced is the real world. Not only that, but it seems the term “real world” is generalized. In the real world, I’m not going to be forced to go to an institution every day of my life against my own will (hello, there’s no law requiring you to get a job!), without pay. I’m not going to be forced to see the same people every day in a confined area. I’m going to be going places, I will be going to work, I will be making my own decisions. In the real world, you make your own decisions. In school, they tell you what to do. How the hell am I supposed to think of school like the real world if it’s so small, only a small size of the population, and most importantly, I have no freedom?
3. “All those assignments are your education!”
No. That’s just what I was forced to memorize and copy for some stupid standardized test. I didn’t learn it, I was forced to memorize it. A teacher told me this actually, and said, quote, “education is what you do for yourself which benefits yourself, schooling is what you’re forced to do by someone who thinks it’s for your own good”. His wording was quite careful here. He knows the bowels of the “education” system, so at least he’s honest about it.
4. “School is for your own good”
Sure, sure. Because being forced to memorize (and all the stress that comes with it), being forced with people I hate which may pick on me, being subjected to authoritarian rule and forcibly indoctrinated, being forced to be bored, and being scolded for even the littlest of things, yeah, that’s definitely for my own good!