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What was your reason for dropping out of school?
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I dropped out my freshmen year of high school because I was too stupid to shut up, sit down and pay attention. I got into one fist fight after another including some that even the most dimwitted person is smart enough to back away from (thats why I can't breath out of my left nostril) as well as drinking and smoking ( no drugs)! My dad told me one day to "drop out before i got kicked out" so I did! Do I regret it? No not really. I went and got my GED within 6 months of dropping out and had a few years of being a "kid" to goof off. Now I have a job and will be going to community college this summer.
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Vonzaku wrote:


spensaur wrote:

Point is, school is complete trash and utterly useless. You want to learn and develop your mind? Use the internet, it's the best resource and a wonderful teacher.


It's not utterly useless, but it isn't perfect either. I think it is how you make use of your time in any educational institution. The internet is a wonderful resource but a lot of people do not realise how really great it is. While I agree the internet is a lot more resourceful (well it depends, I'm studying legal practice so the internet can't always be relied on) than school, I think it truly depends on how the individual uses them. I think the only real problem is that young people aren't necessarily encouraged and shown how to use them to it's full potential...


No... it's utterly useless. If school was really about teaching and learning I wouldn't have to deal with teachers who are only there for the paycheck. If school was really about teaching, they wouldn't force Math, English, and False History upon me for 13 years of my life when I could easily learn all of it in 4~ years. Teach me something useful, like about drugs, their names, code names, gang violence, how to read the stock exchange, balance my check book, socially interact, express myself, something anything.

How can it be how the individual uses them when you're given no options. School is a prison for children, you get no choice in what subjects you want to learn. You get no choice on when you want to go. You don't even get to choose when you get to go to the restroom. School is not about learning, but about learning obedience so that we can become great slave workers in the future.

The real problem is that we're forced into a situation we don't want to be in. Think about this, if someone forces you to do something are you likely to enjoy doing said something? No. Now if someone lets you go free, and asks you "What do you want to learn about?" and the first thing that comes out of your mouth is "DRAGONS!" then you could go on the internet and learn about dragons. In school? You can read a little childrens story about dragons here you go enjoy. Don't say that young people aren't encouraged to use school to it's full potential, cause there is no potential in school. School does nothing but murder our childhood.

I could go on and on, but I'll leave it be. Enjoy being a lawyer, I hope you're the minority. (you also live in the UK, schooling systems vary, but not by much.)
Posted 2/21/14 , edited 2/21/14
I think that people who drop out reject institutions but I don't understand why they blame teachers, you can be your own teacher. I've actually hardly ever paid attention in class and found it more entertaining to just maximize my marks through deletion of anything I think will not be in the exams with no real interest in what I was learning. I still do it to today but I have been taking the easy ride for a while now. It messes you up in the long run. Right now my goal is actually to start being serious and open my own accounting practice. Hard work scares me and I feel like I still depend on someone to tell me that I'm not doing the wrong thing. That's the downfall of working just for the grade, even when you know that you're doing the right thing for you you want to be sure and find that assurance from other people..

If OP has a passion and he believes that he can achieve it without the help of an institution then I envy him.

I know someone American on cr who did cyber school and I remember thinking that was a great idea, why do we not have those in the UK? I looked it up and I still don't think that we have those. This could be a great gap in the market to exploit, with the ever increasing drop out in kids and yes, the government will probably help you financially if you can convince them about how it would change that.
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I did and i'll take most of the responsibility for doing so but I can't help but think my parents were a good part to blame for some of it. I wanted out of school early, one way or another so I wanted to home school through high school and pile up my classes to graduate early so I "home-schooled" and they ordered a couple books but when they crunched the numbers they said it was too expensive. So I really wasn't doing anything for a good while then went back to school and eventually dropped out. I had friends and actually wound up coming back to the school occasionally, in the mornings, to hang with peeps.....lol I'm surprised none of the staff questioned it.

I say I wanted out early one way or another for reasons relating to my parents. My dad has crazy anger issues and is just plain fucking crazy and my mother was a mess, for a good reason and I hold firm the belief that they are both idiots..........I wish I had had the opportunity to seek legal emancipation but instead I just got a job as soon as I turned 16 and then moved out the day after I turned 18. I enjoyed working 10 x more than going to school.......getting paid anything to do something menial is better than not getting paid to sit in a desk and fill in the blank answers. I always had good luck finding decent jobs when I've wanted to and I enjoy doing a good job so they tend to enjoy me as an employee. Sure I could have probably spent all my time and energy trying to get good grades but I'm so happy I did not. One more day living with those nutcases was not an option. D:

I hate that people look down on others who have dropped out and just assume they're anti-social or stupid or whatever it's messed up to make that assumption.
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spensaur wrote:Point is, school is complete trash and utterly useless. You want to learn and develop your mind? Use the internet, it's the best resource and a wonderful teacher.


I was just about to say I've learned more off the internet than at school. It seemed like all the way through until I left high school I was being taught the same mind-numbing basic information over and over again since about 4th grade and up. Bleh.....though there is use for some college education. Imagine if the next phlebotomist you need only wiki'd everything he knew.....though I wish things work more like they used to. What's wrong with apprenticeships and learning by doing without spending a fuck ton. : /
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I've dropped out of school like...........a good few times.
The first time I dropped out, was actually basically just cutting out the last few months of middle school. I was bullied pretty effing bad, by much larger boys no less..and I'm a smallish girl..and apparently my worst sin was having a couple zits when I was 13 wow so rare. So, yeah, it got bad enough there was an actual worry for my physical safety (like the VP noticed), to the point a few weeks after dropping out the main dbag actually ended up getting chased around the school by cops before getting carted off.
The second time was in all honesty, just a few months into high school. freshman year. It was, realistically, just a few months after all that other crap went down and I found myself having fairly frequent panic attacks and general terribleness. It didn't help my first day of school was remarkably terrible with me getting the wrong schedule multiple times throughout the day and walking into classes with much older students and...just. I can look back on it and think 'why yes my life was an very bad episode of degrassi'
So, originally, I was going to just do half days, but it ended with me just leaving. I thought about going back the next year, ..and then the next year..and..the next year. But in between dealing with panic attacks, a near suicide attempt, a group of demented pirates (I am not making that up whatsoever) and then my father dying...also my best friend was also homeschooled due to purely medical reasons...I felt more comfortable staying at home. (I wasn't even properly homeschooled..I just had textbooks and looked up stuff online. )
I have no idea what high school would have been like. probably not terrible , but it's rep wasn't helped when one of my few friendish people from middleschool ended up pregnant at 15
Overall I just decided no.

Then comes (community) college, I actually took a few classes before I was 18, but hated my teachers so much I decided to change schools to one like 40 minutes away a year or two later. ..........................And then didn't go to it. got signed up, but money problems came up and just...screwed that all up
So, the fun part is my mother is actually a professor. at a college.
she had no problem with me dropping out, because my mental health and safety was more important than making sure I graduated at the same time as my peers. I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH TEACHERS..overall. some are still terrible. I do have a number of problems with the american k-12 school system that really really severely needs to be updated because looking back on it, half the things I was taught...just in elementary school..were complete bullcrap. The fact schools expect students go to school for 6 hours, sleep for 8-9, and then do close to 8 hours of homework is bullcrap. the fact that schools in poorer areas get less funding is BULLCRAPPPPP

I do, at some point, mostly intend to go back...I've grown up around colleges..I'm used to colleges. yeah there are some crap teacher there too, but the environment is usually a bit easier than highschool. (of course it also depends on what you want to go into. I'm not going into law, I'm going into..museums. so. it's a bit less severe and more classes like 'mythology' and 'play with these skeletons')
But..right now..I still don't have the funds to go to school. And I mean like. I don't have the car and gas money. I work...I..pay house crap. I take my pets to the vet. I occasionally eat food. I just don't have the bucks.
That's my story~ ...I have no strong opinions on people dropping out? Do it, or don't do it. I do think it is terrible when someone wants to go to school. but for whatever reason can't.
I think it is dumb to act as though drop outs are just simply stupid, or weak individuals. Like just....don't judge them for something they likely couldn't help? They probably have some pretty interesting stories, like you know...crazed pirate gangs.



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I stayed in school, and got a double BS in Math & Computer Science (math only took a couple of extra classes, and I graduated in 3 years anyway, so that was no big deal), which certainly helped me start my career. After all, I showed that I could stick with my classes, which means I might be able to stick with actual work, too.

Did my classes help? Not directly. I mostly studied the stuff classes brought up well before they got to it, so the classes were easy. But as I learned after I was on the other side of the interviewing table, just seeing that a candidate was able to stay through their classes was a big thing, especially for long term projects like the video games I was working on.

On the other hand, the classes I didn't need for my career.. also helped! Learning more about history, art, even languages have helped me in my path. If I had anything to say to my past self in college, it would be to take another year of random classes just to expand my horizons, which I've had to fill in after graduating.
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Though I regret it dearly, I ended up dropping out due to some in-school violence. Students were pretty much beating the crap out of me for no apparent reason other than I was the weird guy who slept most of the time and read way to many books while the teachers never bothered to help out at all. It started out with me just missing out of a lot of school, I think in my last year I ended up missing 61 days and still got perfect A's on every test I took. It wasn't enough for them apparently, and they still decided to hold me back so I decided if they wouldn't work and help me I wouldn't stay in school.

And by in-school violence, I had my head slammed into a metal bathroom door. I returned to class with blood on my forehead and the teacher still refused to let me leave for the nurse. And even after explaining it to them several times, "Eye-Witnesses" saw one of my only friends do it, even though it was clearly the tormenter of my school year that did it. They took the Eye-Witnesses word over mine, and my friend got screwed. Needless to say we aren't friends anymore.

It was a pretty big loss for me though. I'm still looking for online G.E.D courses that I can take to make up for the High-school I missed out on. But school just wasn't a viable option for me, I had severe depression issues back then and I always felt lonely during it all, once I got out though I met some really amazing people online and well, they showed me that I was worth a crap and we have been friends for a good bunch of years.
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I droped out, it happend like this. My high school was a school for all the small ruial town schools becasue they chouldnt afford a high school for each area, anyways after they passed thru middle school all the small town schools kinda gone to the same high school. and me knowing id see new people from other areas i wanted to start fresh. but the group of friends I fell into was anything but good, they all mostly had bad grades and was doing drugs of some kind. I relised this after it was to lait and I have became of one them. I quit my 12th grade year about 2 months befor grad day, I had about 4 ODs over a 3year span due to these so called friends turning me on to pills like klonopin, adderall, zoloft, ritalin and a bunch others, when i wasnt able to get pills I was huffing gasoline till I passed out or benging on pot and alcohol.

but after my 3rd OD we tryed home school. it was going find then i wanted a normal grad, so we tryed school agin near the end and then my 4th OD came along and my family desided it was time to throw in the town. and plus i think my jelly drop out uncle was butt hurt that I almost grad and he didnt so he was giving me klonopin and adderall that final year and helped almost kill me.

so my drop out was due to drugs and not leaving them and my bad friends/family.

im not sure if I can pass even a G.E.D I have been told im on a 5th grade level and so that makes me hesitate to even try the tests or anything.

I have been told the only great thing I did in life was help make my 6yo girl which I agree is great but then be told I dont even do anything for her or spend any time with her. I spend all my time and money on her i feel like all my blood, sweat and tears, heart and soul goes into her , I cant even make time for my self or date, I spend more time with her then what her mother does. And here mom is like a closet nazi, I didnt relize thing about here till it was to late. like shes a raceist for one thing and thats normally a deal breaker to most people. anyways sorry about the derail guys.

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Does being expelled count?
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I dropped out of college in the middle of my third semester because fuck college.

Several years later, and I'm now back in a different college because the jobs I can find without a meaningless degree can't even pay for a shitty studio apartment in my area.
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"It was too easy to graduate" no, you were just stupid
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I never dropped out of High school but came close to in college. The thing that really made me get two degrees was the helplessness feeling I got working minimum wage jobs. I knew I could do so much more with my life so I decided to finish my Associates degree and then went on to get my Bachelors. Now I have a great job and a great life, looking back I am glad I worked crappy jobs that made me never want to work one of those again.

I studied hard and ended up with a 3.4 graduating GPA.

Nothing is impossible just put your mind to it and think of the outcome the future holds.

Now I am not saying college is for everyone because it's not. I just decided that I really don't want to end up making minimum wage for years when my dreams and goals required so much more money.

I also graduated with zero debt because of the work I did while going to school. Everyone thinks college education is too expensive. While that's true if you want to go a private college I thought $8000 for the whole 2 years I was at technical college was extremely reasonable. You could work a part time job, live at home with the parents and still afford that.

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I didn't drop out in high school. I was lucky, I was in a private Catholic high school which really was the best thing for me. I was lonely through high school, started making friends slowly but I was always self conscious that they just put up with me for brownie points or because they pitied me (and I hate pity). Being at that school meant there wasn't any bullying. Sure there were the idiots and bullies but they didn't get away with much and if there was bullying, I was (thankfully) not at the center of it, and it was 'toned down' enough that no teacher noticed. So I'm not sure how bad it was, my school had more of a problem with cliques than bullying. And brats who were spoiled.

I was lazy, slacked as much as I could get away with, procrastinated... My GPA was 3.7 when I graduated high school, I was knowledge bowl captain, I was in the National Honor Society, I was in math league, I was in pep, jazz, and concert band... I was as involved as I could be. But I was always lonely and unsure of friends. There were times when I walked down the hallway with my nose in a book and avoided running into people. I took 5 AP courses during high school. Got a 3 on AP Lit, 4 on Ap Physics and AP Biology and a 5 on Ap Calc and AP psychology.

I didn't drop out of high school because I was a 'good student' by my grade standards, and I actually loved my high school despite being lonely and depressed. And there was also the fact I was scared of what my mom would say since my father apparently barely graduated high school.

I did drop out of college. Within the first month. I didn't want to be there, I was burnt out of trying to keep up with school work, I hated the way I had to learn in college. not enough working with the information, too much group work, too much lecturing... Too strict, not as personalized etc etc etc. Didn't help that my depression kicked in full force or something... I slept for 16 hours one day. I had constant migraines... it was torture.

I talked to a counselor about how I was feeling... and we decided it was best if I quit. My family was not happy with me, they still ask me a year and a half later when I'm going to go back to college. I don't think I'm ever going back for a degree. Maybe for a few classes here and there. And that's okay because my career goal is to be a novelist.

I'm happy with my decision to drop out. Especially since after it I discovered that I have ADHD inattentive type, which is why I struggled with doing homework and adjusting to different learnings. Oh and Asperger's too. So yeah definitely glad I got out.
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The only reason i'd drop out of college is if I planned on Dropping out of life completely (I contemplate this on a daily bases) But only because When you lack work experience the only other thing you can show for it is a Degree. Were in a economy where local buisnesses are trying to Downsize and hire as little people as possible. I don't know about you all but there is a grocery store near me that has about 20 check out isles right and when I was growing up each isle had a line of people buying and workers scanning but now i've been going there recently and at most they have the same 4 people with only the first 4 isles open for check out. not because people are lazy but because they aren't generating the kind of money to hire more people....... what am I even talking about? lol
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