I think that school destroys a lot of things and, in my oppinion, makes children dumber.
At least in my time at school and that's not that long ago, every day was basically the same: Sit 5-6 hours (School in germany is mostly from 8am to
1 or 1:45pm) around and write down everything the teacher writes down on the chalkboard. You have to write exactly the same, you weren't allowed to
be creative and write it down in your own words. I don't see how you learn much. It's better to read it, memorize it and write it down in own
And it's true, most of the time you learned only the things you expected to be asked in the next exam. Not much learning there either and we and i
bet most other school children directly ask the teachers what to expect in the next exam. We did it a lot and some teacher blatantly told us exactly
what to "learn"
But the biggest problem in my oppinion are the teachers. Most of them don't really like their job after so many years doing it. We had a lot of
grumpy old teachers who basically hadn't much interest. That's really bad.
The one i hated the most was my german teacher. We always to write essays and stuff and while i liked it, she always told me i can't write and i'd
never make it as a writer. Basically because she hated the topic. For example we once had to write a movie critic. I choosed one of my favourite
movies, Terminator. I got a 4 (D in the other grading system) because she didn't like action movies but said "you can't write".
Today i write movie, game and music critics not only for my website but also a couple of others and i get a lot praise for them. I started writing
them, because my friends thought i should give it a try, where i said "I don't know, i can't write, that's what my teacher always sad"
She bascially nearly would've destroyed my dream of writing about the things i like
And that's something i see with a lot of children, in a lot of schools: Teacher who destroy dreams of children and basically tell them they suck,
because they think so. I never understand the school system, especially when it comes to eassays or summarys and teachers act like critics.
The same with the newest fad: school uniforms. For decades school kids were allowed to wear what they wanted, it's part of their lifestyle, how they
are. But now suddenly a lot of school require uniforms.
I think a good school system is the Waldorf Education, way better than the normal system (at least the one we have here in germany)