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I Never Liked High School
By Luna Lark
I never liked high school, which surprises many people because I always did so well in my classes. The reason I couldn't stand high school is because I love to learn---and contrary to popular belief, the average American high school is not an institution of learning. Oppression does not teach.
"Read this book. Answer this prompt."
"Learn these steps. Solve this problem."
"This is history. This is what happened."
There were no alternatives. We were fed questionable material and demanded to regurgitate it like a baby albatross vomits his mother's gift of rotten squid. We were not allowed to think or respond with our heart's eager voices. We were expected to sit, listen, and reply with an idiot's black-and-white mind.
"Mark true or false."
"Yes or no, boys and girls?"
"The best answer is choice A because B and C are simply wrong."
That is why I sat alone in the woods, feasting on mint leaves and chipmunk meat. I bathed in the creek and watched the sun set every evening. Somehow, in between fairy adventures, I finished my homework.
I didn't want to be taught how to live.