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School Kills Youth!

Have you ever considered how hurtful school has been on the youth of the world?

For centuries we have know that the best time to teach a person new skills and knowledge is when their young. This is because young kids’ brains are still being developed, and they absorb information more readily. With this in mind, it makes perfect sense to want to push studies on the youth of the world at this time. However, I would contend that doing such has had a horrible impact on how people develope.

When we are young, we want to have fun. Its almost as if we are biologically programmed to want to do nothing but fun at an early age. The point at which this reaches a head is about 5 years old. However, this is also the time people are put into kindergarten/first grade. During this time, little kids are told to behave and not act out. Further along, they have math, history, and language forced on them.

Where before people would spend hours after school playing a pick up game of baseball, we are now delving into the virtual world more than ever. I believe this is mostly due to the ever increasing amount of space thats growing between communities. With more advances, comes more distance between people. With more distance between people comes a further reliance upon the technology that is dividing us! But I digress.

To get back on topic, I believe that the school system needs to change. I think a good alternative idea would be to start school earlier, at about age 2. By two years of age, a child can do kindergarten tasks and learn (at least from what I have observed). This way, we will cut off about 3 years from when we normally get out. When a person is 18, they normally graduate high school, and proceed to college. Just think about what the country would be shaped like if the youth of America were working on their Master’s when they would normally just be leaving the 12th grade? I propose this idea, because it would allow the kids of America to experience more of their education when they can do it, and it would open up a larger work force. Also, it would probably bring about a more defined sense of maturity in teenagers.

I suppose something like this would have to be done on a country-wide scale, as otherwise there would be problems arising from people of different ages transfering to different schools and them not being among their same age. I could also think of a host of other problems associated with it, like the fact that people have a hard time getting a job before their 17, and if we put teens in higher grades, they wont be able to get a job until later. But like I said, this is only a work-in-progress idea. Take it how you will.

-Trenton Stahl

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

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