I’m not saying school is evil
Should you still go to school?
Find your “WHY?”
I’ve been asking myself this question for the past two years and I have come to a conclusion. This is how I see it. It is totally up to you to decide whether you should go or not. After all, we do have the Internet. What can you fail to find with little or no cost at all?
“The entire purpose of a good school is to give you the foundation to fail, not the foundation to get an A.”
I am basing my decision to go back on a few reasons, the major is to see how far I can go with balancing my career and school which is also based on the fact that I am not paying my tuition fees out of my pocket. If I were, I believe I wouldn’t go. It is bizarre spending roughly 2.5 million Ugandan Shillings every semester just so I can get a piece of paper that I see as pretty useless. That piece of paper doesn’t exactly reflect your intelligence or level of understanding and what you know about the world or your particular field of study —that’s how I see it.
Think about it…
Just stop for a moment and really think about all those times you cheated on tests, exams, bought coursework, crammed… the list is endless. Why? Why would you sell yourself short? Did you do it for the credits? Did you do it because of the immense pressure at home or from society? I used to do it because I was scared. I had been led to believe that that was the only way to achieve success in life. “If you don’t pass this exam if you don’t do this combination, if you don’t do this course.” We’ve all heard that —It is scary, catastrophic even for some, being labeled a failure. I think it is the most prestigious title and that’s why I want you to think about the person who is losing out here. It is you because you don’t think of yourself as worthy of understanding. You are presented with the opportunity to prove to yourself exactly how much you know and understand about what you “supposedly” went to school to study and yet, there you are, denying yourself the chance to fail and to understand your weak points. And to those who really excelled, I want you to ask yourself why you chose to spend most of your time doing that. The entire purpose of a good school is to give you the foundation to fail, not the foundation to get an A.
But I get it. I understand.
You’re not entirely to blame
It is the system’s fault. Making you think, feel and act as if failure is such a bad thing. This might come as a shock to you when I say this but actually, flunking school was one of the best things that have ever happened to me. I maxed 24 points in my O-Level, —yes, that to me was a flop and later I bagged 8 points In my A-Level. I did feel like shit at first but then as I moved on, I realized something, I was actually learning how the world really works and one of the lessons was that academic excellence can only get you so far.
We live in an information-rich world and like Darwin implied when he said —survival of the fittest, It is not the strongest, the fastest or the smartest that survive, It is those that can adapt. And that’s why I don’t look up to school to save me from the chaos of this world. My decision to stay in school came from a different perspective. I viewed It as an opportunity to greatly challenge myself. I am not chasing academic excellence, No, I crave something deeper, something greater. This urge, this need, this want to do what in most people’s minds seems impossible.
I’m not saying that school is evil and there’s nothing to gain. All I’m saying is: Understand your motives and re-assess your aims.
I agreed with Suli when he said Education is about inspiring one’s mind and not just filling their head. That really resonates with me. This is why I admire teachers who do get out of their way and really inspire kids. Teaching them valuable life lessons like patience, self-confidence that will help them better navigate the chaos that is life because they understand what this education system lacks. It is not knowledge, It is the ability to understand and adapt to your environment so you can be in a position to best navigate and make sound decisions ––knowledge with application is power.
I used to hate school, but not anymore. It is a noble cause. It’s just that the plan is extremely flawed.
ps: I’ve placed value to my degree —That paper is now WORTH something to me. It will represent my resilience and robustness balancing my career with “school” as you know it.