Click on the post title to go to a truly excellent essay by Paul Graham. I came across it because one of the Oo.net forum members posted a link.
It's hard for me to think of something to say about this article because the article says it all. I remember very distinctly complaining that school was "pointless" and feeling trapped in a cage with a bunch of hostile nitwits--and it didn't wait until high school to start. My problems began as early as third grade. But, according to my parents, it was just the way things had to be and it was my duty to tough it out.
Why is it your children's JOB to be miserable for years and years? I never gained anything from it, I only lost. I resent the necessity of working now, it takes an effort of will for me to read non-fiction books (even though I LOVE reading) or work on my novel or do ANYTHING that isn't "just for fun". Why was I locked into a box with the purpose of making me over into the biggest obstacle to my own success? It doesn't leave much energy left for actually accomplishing anything when the first thing you have to do is to climb over the mountain of your own neurotic behaviors. I don't think I'm ever going back to college simply because I can't stomach any more of that bullshit. I had my fill and more than my fill. I'm done.
Don't send your kids to public school.
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