Ambition

Are you happy, Mr. Superman? In public school we were taught not to be too ambitious. Career aptitude tests pushed you into mediocre jobs, guidance counselors encouraged you not to reach too high in your college applications, and my peers laughed at the few people who had “big goals.” School today is the attempt to […]

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If we taught walking in school

I saw a hilarious and sad Tweet imagining what might happen if we taught walking in school the other day: If children started school at six months old and their teachers gave them walking lessons, within a single generation people would come to believe that humans couldn’t learn to walk without going to school. Maybe this […]

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Be more interesting than your grades

I got great grades through most of my years in public school. During my junior year of high school, I had a 4.8 GPA and was on track to be a valedictorian. Then one day at a family party I had this realization that the only thing people cared to ask me about were my […]

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School closures

For my senior speech project in high school I argued that public schools everywhere should be closed permanently. I’ve changed a lot in the five and half years since graduating in 2012, but I’ve never changed that position. One day we will look back on compulsory schooling and see it as one of our most […]

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School canceled

Have you ever met a kid who is sad when school is canceled? I haven’t. Not at normal schools at least.

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