That's Crazy Talk Girl!Posted: July 25, 2010
School is good.
Right? If you’re reading this post on my website (which you so obviously are….), then I’m going to assume that you’re a little bit like me. Probably a weirdo. Someone who doesn’t want to conform all of those imposed societal rules that suck out your soul. Truth is, I don’t want to go to school anymore. “But Leslie, no one wants to go to school… You just have to. For the good education that’ll lead to college and then some sort of paper pushing secure job that makes a steady income (and to pay for that darn blasted college debt)…It’s all for the future! Use your eyes dammit!”
The Teenage Liberation Handbook
No, I don’t want to go to school exactly because I’m using my eyes. I’ve been digesting the Teenage Liberation Handbook (don’t be like me kids and stretch out a book over the period of 3 months. I have this thing where I might be juggling 5 books at a time. I know, bad habit.) which is an absolutely phenomenal read. I always knew I didn’t like school but this book has solidified all judgments and reasoning toward it. Don’t read this book if you want to stay normal and unaffected. It will change you and the way you think. My only smallish qualm about the book is it’s a bit outdated, written in 1999. I’d love for the author to release an updated version, but she provides so many in depth examples, I know it’d be hard to gather so much information again. It’s easily applicable to 2010 anyways. There’s an even larger wealth of opportunities and information about unschooling nowadays.
I Believe in and Wholly Support Myself
My parents don’t want me to do it, my teachers don’t want me to do it, my adult acquaintances who I barely know don’t want me to do it, and some of my friends don’t want me to do it. I’ve been so used to alternative thinking that when I snaps conditioned beliefs of the real world into my face, it gets me every time. “Really? Is that what you think? It makes absolutely no sense.” No one believes in me, they all want me to go back to public schooling once summer vacation is over. IMO summer vacations are designed to be long enough for kids to become sick of video games but short enough so they don’t realize their potential to do better things. The mindless vacation is a purging state kids have to go through to cleanse themselves of that jail institution.
I don’t hold any obligations to anyone else
Guess what? I’ve decided that I have one life to live, and I’m not going to live it for anyone else. I’m not going to make my choices to fit into the status quo so people can feel better about their choices. If what I’m saying makes you uncomfortable and causes you to question yourself, then oh well. I’m not going to sell my soul and float along aimlessly, fitting into some little box the government and corporations have carved for me. Public schooling was literally made to churn out factory workers. I’m going to think for myself and do what I do based on my own judgments. So no matter how many people try to push me down and hide my inner shine, that’s not going to happen. If I eff up my life (read do something not considered mainstream successful) then fine! It’s my choice to make, not yours.