Silly me, I thought school was about learning and becoming a “better” person. I thought society inputted schools into communities to create au fait, moralistic, and whatever idealistic traits you stick into perfect people.
Silly idealism. School has only produced ignorant and selfish individuals — where your SAT score and GPA defines who you are and how you’re going to succeed. The sad truth is that colleges won’t even look at your attempts at servicing your community, if your GPA isn’t fitting. It doesn’t matter that you’ve stepped on people to get that 4.0. It doesn’t matter that you had more money, thus giving you more of an opportunity. Nothing matters.
School has created this mindset that defines success as stepping on others, cheating, and lying. You don’t do community service for the common good, you do it because it’ll get you into college. You don’t learn for the sake of learning, you take all the classes that will give you an easy A. You’ll cheat, because all your success rides on these numbers and scores. Absurd little bubbles become your crystal ball: are you going to own Google? Or will you live in a cardboard box?
The SAT is proof that society is making perfect, thoughtless angels. Their critical reading section requires you to form your mindset into that of the test creator. Simply interpreting the text isn’t even the answer — you need to set your thinking so that it is fitting to College Board’s. And those essays — when, in life, are you required to write an essay in under 25 minutes? It’s absurd!
For every fourth grade student below his or her standard reading level, California builds a new jail cell. They predict that these students will become menaces to society, thus building these cells would protect society. Instead of correcting the problem by paying for education (paying teachers to tutor these students), they build another jail cell.
I’m so idealistic, it’s sad. It’s not as if I didn’t understand this before. School really is about academics and conforming yourself. It’s the magnitude of society’s ignorance that scares me.