“I hate school!” is a common phrase that many people have heard, and many have pronounced. This is a phrase I once said and realized almost immediately that I was completely wrong. If there is anything I hate, it surly is that phrase. Of course, school isn’t my favorite place to be, and I definitely do not enjoy each minute spent there, but I could never say that I hate school. Some days I would love to stay home and sleep a little more instead of facing the stress at school, but I will never say that I hate school. To me, the phrase translates into something along these lines: “I hate an opportunity that I was given to learn and have some kind of future.”
The way I see “I hate school” may seem funny to anyone who hears it for the first time, but in reality, this really is what we say once this sentence slips from our mouths. School gives us so many amazing opportunities that we take for granted! We know how to read, write, solve simple math problems… These basic forms of knowledge will aid us in the future, when it will be up to us to earn money and have a quality life.
Thinking of all the opportunities the knowledge we get from school, why are we saying that we hate our chance to have those opportunities? There are so many children, who long to go to school, who are prepared to walk a tremendously long way through heat and cold to go to school, who want to have a good future. You will never hear “I hate school!” from children who either never had the opportunity to go to school, or who know their future depends on the skills they learn from school. They do not take school for granted because they know what school does for them.
The purpose of this article is to bring the children and teenagers who say they hate school back to reality. Imagine that one day, all of your possessions are gone, you struggle to find food, water, things you get everyday are all gone. You have one way to get out of this, and it is to go to school, go to college, and get a job. “I hate school!” is going to be a sentence that your mouth avoids, and it will be a sentence that will hurt you once you hear it from others.
My opportunity that I have to go to school and get an education will never be taken for granted, because I know that it is an opportunity that many other children don’t get, but which they could. This realization is why I never say that I hate school.