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Posted 2/3/12

Kagerusui wrote:

I dropped out of HS at 11th grade.
I was also a straight A student, and what Ive come to learn thought these years is that; No matter how smart you are, corporates will always ask you for that piece of paper that "says" you are capable of doing a job.

Every day I meet people who flashes their diploma in their living room, but still ask me for help when it comes to actually getting a job done.
My manager is one of them.

Why is he my manager and not me?. Simple, he has that piece of paper which has no real meaning to me.

Advice: Stay in school/college.

Currently I'm going to college to get that piece of paper myself. But since I started college, I have not learn a single thing that I didn't know already.


Exactly. All school seems to do is keep repeating the same things over and over again and considers it "higher education"
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School is fun =D All i did was sleeep in class and talk with friends
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What a well informative article. Unlike some people, I don’t mind reading long passages. Mr. Gatto pretty much summed up, in great detail, how I feel about the American public school system in general: a system built to miseducate and conform. And to think that I learned more while being out of school than I did when I actually went.

I dropped out of school the beginning of my 9th grade year. At the time I was being home-schooled and then ultimately went to pursue a GED. Although I passed my Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science with high averages, I failed the Math portion, so right now I’m studying for that. I plan on going to college sometime this year.

Admittedly, it’s hard being a dropout. Sometimes people tend to look at you as being “lazy” and not take you as seriously, yet I don’t allow that to define me. I’ve been told a number of times of how I’m “too intelligent to be a dropout,” whatever that means. I guess the one thing that has kept me going was refusing to be another statistic. Though sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened if I finished high school, yet I don’t regret it. I just see this as another learning experience and something that’s ultimately shaping me for the future. I’ve met so many great people through this and so many lessons, too.
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I'm gonna say this now....I must be lucky to finish high school in 2001. Because a cuple years later, I learn my nephews are being taught that they can't say "christmas" in school it "offends" people.

Then you got a bunch of other courses and rewritten history that has more to do with someone's disgrunted views of the country than what happened in history.

The public school in america has become a sad state that is filled with nothing but psychonutism and political correctness. In college it seems to be worse, where if you don't be part of some course where...for example...you must believe that all black people need reperations from slavery, you get an F. Or if you don't agree with illegal aliens getting citizenship you get an F. I bet there's more examples one of you will bring up in response.

But you get what I'm talking about here. I talk to two sisters in Croatia and man...one of them was asking why I didn't read certain historic books in school and I told her about this issue. It seems to me that the education system in most countries is much better than ours.
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Regardless even if public schooling is terrible, you are far worse off quitting. That is just a ridiculous question...
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Great Article. The unfortunate thing about it is that it is similar, if not the same, as so many articles I've read before on the subject. There are actually quite a few people saying the same things about the current system, but it's hard to find due to the unpopularity among the average citizen. Something that I haven't heard outside of the article, though, was the whole idea of boredom. I am almost never bored, despite spending a large portion of my time in solitude. I love having some beer with friends as much as anyone, but I can hang out with myself very easily. Until the article however, I had never really considered that perhaps I am taking entertainment into my own hands. I feel like much more of a badass now that my exact feelings on boredom have been put into words. It's kind of an important subject to talk about.
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i would quit public school.
go to a home studies school.
get my credits faster.
Posted 2/3/12
I think I am only spending time there to kill time and to not "look" so lazy.
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What you don't want to do is end up with no degree or diploma of any kind.

If you're motivated enough to shortcut right into higher education, great. Just make sure you don't fall short and end up on the outside looking in.
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LosingOrbit wrote:

What a well informative article. Unlike some people, I don’t mind reading long passages. Mr. Gatto pretty much summed up, in great detail, how I feel about the American public school system in general: a system built to miseducate and conform. And to think that I learned more while being out of school than I did when I actually went.

I dropped out of school the beginning of my 9th grade year. At the time I was being home-schooled and then ultimately went to pursue a GED. Although I passed my Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science with high averages, I failed the Math portion, so right now I’m studying for that. I plan on going to college sometime this year.

Admittedly, it’s hard being a dropout. Sometimes people tend to look at you as being “lazy” and not take you as seriously, yet I don’t allow that to define me. I’ve been told a number of times of how I’m “too intelligent to be a dropout,” whatever that means. I guess the one thing that has kept me going was refusing to be another statistic. Though sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened if I finished high school, yet I don’t regret it. I just see this as another learning experience and something that’s ultimately shaping me for the future. I’ve met so many great people through this and so many lessons, too.


There is a possibility that you would've graduated feeling burned-out. I know I would have been. Most teenagers don't really question why they go to school. They just do it. Go to school (8 am-3 PM) then college then work (9-5). It's conditioning students for this type of work.


D01BCDN3 wrote:

I think I am only spending time there to kill time and to not "look" so lazy.


For whom are you doing this?
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Posted 2/3/12

axxman wrote:

What you don't want to do is end up with no degree or diploma of any kind.

If you're motivated enough to shortcut right into higher education, great. Just make sure you don't fall short and end up on the outside looking in.

Also have to choose the right major to study in. If you study in a major where you can't get a job after graduating, it would be near equivalent as not going to school @ all.

Bad majors to choose from right now (for getting occupation): Agriculture/farming, fashion design, music artist, philosophy, etc
Posted 2/3/12

Anneid wrote:


D01BCDN3 wrote:

I think I am only spending time there to kill time and to not "look" so lazy.


For whom are you doing this?


For whom that person is, I shall not seek to turmoil.

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I'll read the article later...

I love learning, I really do. I'm willing to just sit down and read an entire AP book just for fun.
But school sucks out the fun out of everything! I hate school. I hate teachers.
It's my last year of high school and dropping out is the last thing on my mind.

Stay in school kids. Even if you hate it, it will be worth it in the long run.
Posted 2/3/12

Adorkable- wrote:

Stay in school kids. Even if you hate it, it will be worth it in the long run.


I don't see how it would benefit them. There are other alternatives.
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That's true. You can get your GED and go to a community college for two years and then transfer to a four year college. But is that worth it? Would you get a good paying job? probably. But I would rather have a head start on my life. You shouldn't drop out unless you've already have your whole life planned out or if you know what you're striving for.
I would rather put the effort into my school work and finish high school with high rankings. That way, I could get into a good college and have a better start than those who quit.

A friend of mine recently dropped out of high school. I agree with his reasons though. School is fucked up. I hate the school system. I hate how colleges look at standardized tests. I don't believe it's fair. But at the same time, he was a really smart kid. He was much smarter than me. He gave up his advanced diploma for a GED. I would never understand why he would choose a community college over a four year college.


Another advice for those who are starting high school, don't fucking slack off. Be a damn nerd. You can slack off all you want your senior year (especially the second semester).
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