Many students complain about their school life. They say school is like a prison. Is going to school really that bad? I don’t think so.
We are free to make our own choices at school.We can choose what subjects we want to do. If you are not interested in studying some subjects, you can opt for other things like music, art, or PE. You can join clubs and make friends with people who have the same hobbies as you.
We can have fun, sing, talk and play games during breaks. School life is full of joy and laughter – something that cannot be found so easily later in life.
I can’t imagine what my life will be like after I leave school. Will my colleagues at work be as caring as my classmates? Will my boss forgive my mistakes like my teachers do? Will I lose my passion for life when I have to go out into the real world?
School provides us a with a good environment in which to grow up. I am going to miss my school so much when I graduate.
Creamy Chan, Leung Shek Chee College
Thank you for your letter, Creamy. You raise some important points. It’s easy to understand why some students don’t like school – there are a lot of things you have to do, even if you don’t want to, and you have to go every day, even if you’re not in the mood.
But you’re also right to see its many benefits, from friends (I still hang out with my secondary school friends!) to general knowledge, to learning how to work with people you might not even like.
What’s more, the chance to go to school is actually a massive privilege. A Unesco report published in July this year said that about 263 million children and teens are not in school; of those, 142 million are aged 15-17.
Many children can’t actually get to school: the journey may be too dangerous; the school may have been destroyed due to war, or closed down because of a lack of funds; or the parents may need to send their children to work to earn money for the family.
As well as learning to read, write and count, children and teens lucky enough to go to school develop important social and emotional skills. You learn to realise your own worth, and capabilities. You learn how to take care of your physical and emotional health, and how to treat others with respect, even if you don’t agree with them.
This is a huge issue, obviously, and one that we can’t cover entirely here. But the next time you hear a classmate complaining about having to go to school, you’ve got some extra arguments when you explain why they should be grateful.
Karly, deputy editor