A Student’s Thoughts on the United States School System

  • We, for five days a week eight hours a day, are bombarded with information over and over with no break but a short two day weekend not to mention that some students mainly in high school have jobs they must uphold.
  • I feel dead inside and that is the fact.
  • State tests are not representative of a student's intellect, which is the ability to be able to think critically.

I am a Seventeen years of age in a public school.  I am writing this because well… I think it needs to be said especially from someone with experience.  I am not going to be talking about my personal issues with students or anything of that matter I will be talking about the School System itself.  So with the simple introduction out of the way it is time I pour my thoughts onto paper.

Let’s start with the basics.  We, for five days a week eight hours a day, are bombarded with information over and over with no break but a short two day weekend not to mention that some students mainly in high school have jobs they must uphold.  It is a non-stop repeating train in which I (and I am sure others) feel like a robot doing the same thing every single day, too tired to do anything else. We wake up to go to school the next day and do the same routine again and again.  In my younger days when my brain was less developed this wasn’t that big of a problem, but I must confess, school is making me depressed. There is nothing the school will do about it. I think just four days a week could help fix this issue or have less time in school each day then the eight hours we have to endure.  I, of course, have had the thought of dropping out in my head but I know I will not and can not so I am stuck in it for the time being and it is degrading. I feel dead inside and that is the fact. When it was summer break I did not feel this way; when I went to school it gradually overwhelmed me.

State Tests are pointless.  State tests are literally there just to get money.  The more students fail the more money corporate makes.  The test are also getting harder each year. Not only do the students hate the tests but the teachers as well.  Teachers I run into are vocal about how they feel and they dislike it. We sit in a room for five hours while all teachers can do is sit there looking at us taking the test.  In terms of the English test we must do persuasive essays which in turn are graded by random people who sign up on Craigslist. These tests are not representative of a student’s intellect, which is the ability to be able to think critically.  I know these tests do not test student’s intellect because I have to take them myself. They should stop tests like these but, disappointingly, it will never stop.

I am beginning to lose the point of all this the more I am in school.  It feels like an endless pit of nothingness. I believe we go to school specifically eight hours so when we leave school we get a nine to five job.

Yeah

I am a human bean on Earth.


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