“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
The school system in this country is deeply flawed. There is so much pressure coming from all sides. When I was a high school student, I can say that more than 90% of my anxiety is about school. Don’t forget though! These are some of the best years of your life! You have to be social, go to parties, and remember the extracurriculars! Clubs, hobbies, sports – you need them for your college application! The end goal is always college. Who cares what’s going on during these years because those years are going to be so much better? But, when you’re in college, you need to make sure you do a good job, or else you won’t get a good job. What about not going to college? That seems like barely an option anymore. The education system tells high school students contradictory points that almost seem ironic. “Have fun!” and “You have two chapter tests tomorrow!” “It’s only two hours of work a day!” and “Make new friends!” High school is a never ending war between the choices of having a relatively social life, good grades, and enough sleep. I doubt I got enough sleep my whole high school career. Expectations of doing more than your best. Expectations of perfection. The education system needs to teach us as students skills that we can use now to achieve great things. Everyone has something that they excel at, and school needs to focus more on things students are personally good at instead of standards that everyone needs to be good at.