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Fri, Sep. 1st, 2006, 10:35 am

It makes me laugh when people tell kids that school days are the best days of their lives. I'm never going to tell my (hypothetical) kid that. I'll be honest, I'll tell it that the best days of my life are the ones where you're earning your own money to do whatever the hell you want, drink, smoke, play video games and watch movies. School is bloody abysmal, every day you're ferried from gobshite to hitler to nice-but-innefectual and finally to the couple of good teachers in the place. You're given four or five hours worth of work to do in the evening on top of what you've already done during the day, you get fewer breaks than when you're working and on top of all that you have the state exams to look forward where you're told that your entire future hinges on this one worthless exam but isn't really unless you want to be a doctor (where naturally your ability to memorise mathematical theorems will be essential). You can't do anything fun without getting in massive amounts of trouble even though those particular fun things will be what you want most in the entire world. You can't afford a damned thing unless you have foolish parents or a job on top of the school week and hours of homework - which involves you carting around the best part of ten kilos of books with you all the time in a bag designed primarially as some sort of shoulder garotte.

Yeah, fuck being young again.

Fri, Sep. 1st, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)

Being is college is good, but yes, school-days are certainly not the best.

I suspect that when people have kids some horrible chemical process must happen in their brains that permanently warps their view of reality.

Fri, Sep. 1st, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)

Wow. Obviously you don't have kids of your own and/or a very stressful job. I have both. I get up at 6am, commute for 1.5 hrs, work till 6pm, pick my kid and get home 7.30pm/8pm. Put kid to bed. Now it's 9pm and I have an hour or two to myself to "drink, smoke, play video games and watch movies" but to be honest, I'm so tired, I do very little. Go to bed, repeat process. Leaving out the ever-increasing stress levels that I certainly didn't have back in school. There was a period there where I could be shipped off to some office in Europe for a week on less than a day's notice and I didn't get paid any extra for it, just time away from family and friends. Gaming went right out the window then for months. I don't even get sleep-ins on the weekends thanks to my daughter waking up at 7am every morning.

Sure school sucked on so many levels, however now I have don't have time to watch any movies, zero time to play games, very little left over to pursue my hobbies (but I still persevere otherwise I'd have gone mad, many hobbies I've had to drop by the waste-side) and drinking is out of the question, as I have to be at 6am the next morning. Even money wise... it goes towards mortage and bills like creche, kid's clothes and toys. The worst thing is, I want to be a good dad, so when I have time with my daughter, it's her time, not just me waiting till she falls asleep.

I miss the certain freedom and energy that I had when I was school, despite the bullies, despite the crazy ass mad teachers. It is quite easy from where I am to see why people say school is the best days of your life.

Fri, Sep. 1st, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)

Are you including 'college' under 'school'?

Fri, Sep. 1st, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)

*shrug* Is it important that I do (or don't)?

Fri, Sep. 1st, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)

It's harsh, it's mean, it's brutal,
The people by nature are cruel;
It's a den of sin and they let kids in -
It's a government secondary school.

Children can't go into hotels,
Those movies they are not to see
I can't see the sense of protecting innocence
When school is compulsory.


State Schools Are Great Schools, TISM