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This I believe: education should be viewed qualitatively, based on the principle that human actions cannot be graded on a number scale. I am an individual; I am unique; and I deny the constraints that hinder my creativity.

In school, my teachers are pleased. I am doing well, they say. But according to what rationale? Education has become a game- there are winners and losers, the competition is intense, and yes, you can cheat. I am one of the winners. I understand exactly how to manipulate the system to my advantage, gaining maximum points while expending minimal effort. I know how the deduce the correct answer from multiple choices every time; I know what critical information must be included in my essays in order to please my teachers.

Short of cheating, I am the very best at this game. A game that is said to involve knowledge- which I am beginning to doubt- and which definitely does not entail wisdom. When I reiterate the previous day's lesson in order to pass a test, there is no reason for me to understand the information; my “knowledge of class content” and therefore my grade is not affected by quick memorization. And within a week, all learning will have escaped my mind.

A high school diploma was once extremely valuable. But now it is merely a means to attend college- and college has become the only way to get a job. Once, humans used education to collaborate and create a better world. But now, I can see that education has evolved into a method of survival, a brutish tool in this selfish, competitive, and ignorant world.

This is not education, knowledge for self-improvement, a love of learning; this is a system that measures my ability to live up to another's standards, “playing the game” to ensure a decent future. Increased school days, homework, and testing will not fix this problem. But a respect for quality education and personal responsibility will. All I wish for is to be viewed as a person, not a number. I seek my own interests; I discover my own purpose; I lead my own life.





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bieberlicious said...
Nov. 1, 2011 at 9:24 am
I really like this article out of the dozens i read so far and I might choose this one for my english hw. I feel the exact same way!
 
Loki17 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Thanks for reading it!  I'm not sure why this is anonymous... oh, well.  Basically I was fed up with the nonsense that goes on every day in school.  I wrote a much more vicious article entitled College Board Ru(i)ns My Life.  But I don't think it would be appropriate to post here... :)
 
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