The other Rob wrote:
The other Rob wrote:
Although you are right, and I agree with you, you have to think of it this way:
What have you gained from doing this?
You are in school to get a good grade. You are not in school to make a point or change the world. You have effectively made everyone in the class mad at you, including the sole-decider of what grade you get in this class.
I always hated kids like you in school who tried so hard to 'be different.'
Doesn't sound like he's "trying to be different", sounds to me like he's just writing about something he believes strongly in, whether he's right or wrong it's much better than just being a fucking sheep to get a grade. Why is it that whenever anyone is different, they are "trying" to be that way? If no one plays the devils advocate then how many people ever really think through both sides of the argument?
School isn't the place to play the devils advocate. There are other, more appropriate mediums for him to do this. School is there for him to show up, show that he can do what he is asked, and get a good grade, allowing him to further his education and better himself. Once he has gone through this process, people may start listening to him.
No one is going to listen to the drop-out who failed because he thought he'de write a clever essay.
You're right, I just wish that you weren't. Schools shouldn't be conformity machines, they should encourage you to think. I've seen plenty of people come out of school with A's and B's and not really know anything and plenty of smart people (people probably a whole lot more useful) do worse due to bad relationships with specific teachers and other crappy circumstances. Admittedly most of the smarter people who did badly (well not badly but not an A) did so because they didn't give a shit, something I have been guilty of a lot in the past.
I'm currently in college. I go to school, I suck up and do what I am asked, and I get good grades, who cares if I learn anything?
I don't need to learn anything or voice my opinion in school, I've got the internet for that.
So you're paying for an education that teaches you nothing? I never understood going to college for the sake of going, if you have a passion to study something, then yeah go for it, however if you are going because society is telling you to go and all your friends are going, doesn't that defeat the purpose? Especially if you feel that you aren't learning anything.
I go to college, because I need a degree to make money in the real world. Yes, I will learn things along the way; how to act, how to interact with people, how to be diligent, how to get work done, etc.
Sure, there is a small chance I could make money without a college degree, but I do understand how statistics work, I'd rather increase my odds.
Do I think it's a bit silly, yes, but it's how it works. I didn't design the system.