I'd just like to use this blog to talk about some of my thoughts regarding my school, and I'm curious to hear about what you guys think about your own schools.
I'm a student at a "competitive" and "well-ranked" school. This actually means the school is mostly asian (as am I). The school itself is terrible. I'll start my complaints from most serious to least serious.
Teachers are the worst at my school. I haven't met many teachers who teach anything at all. Most are incredibly lazy and just loaf around, telling you to look in the book when you have questions, assigning inane, repetitive assignments, and just being unhelpful and useless. They also grade everything whimsically, giving C's and B's for no good reason. As a result, I've given up on trying to learn in the classroom and simply learn the material by myself at home. But obviously, this isn't very efficient since you waste 6 hours per day not learning anything at school. (Lunch is actually productive.) The asian kids, who have intense parents, force them to study at home, so they scrape A's and B's. Not to be racist, but the white kids, whose parents are less intense, just say "fuck it" and give up on having their kids achieve at such a fucked up school. I believe this is because of the labor unions in America. As a result, the lazy teachers tend to want to come to this school, where students will study for themselves and they can just sit back and relax. I'm not saying all teachers at my school are terrible, probably 10% are actually pretty good. For example, this year I had a great English teacher who gave us unique materials to work on and provided us interesting analysis. However, a school in which 90% of teachers are terrible is not a good school, no matter what the rankings say. The courses are incredibly hard, in an effort to decrease the number of honors students. As a result, getting a good grade on a test is incredibly hard and requires MASSIVE MASSIVE preparation. So, despite the fact I put in massive effort to achieve at this school, do I learn more? In my opinion, probably not.
Our administrators are stupid fucks. There is almost zero flexibility in our scheduling. You cannot change classes once you sign up for them, and you cannot take advanced classes that you really should be taking. I consider myself pretty good at math, and I really want to take calculus and statistics. Unfortunately, the office won't let me, despite the fact that I am well qualified and have taken the prerequisite courses already. Similarly, other students advanced in physics, chemistry, or biology cannot take the challenging courses that they want. Why? Nobody knows. We also lack many courses that I am interesting in taking, such as computer science and economics. Still, many courses are available and you generally get what you sign up for, so I'll go easy in this category.
The atmosphere at the school is not very good. Everybody is cordial and polite, but the competitiveness keeps friends apart to an extent. The animosity and deception that happens between crazy asian parents is also appalling. However, I've still met some good friends and we eat lunch together. So it isn't exactly unbearable.
Our campus is old, dilapidated, and disgusting. We have to share lockers, and our classrooms are crowded. The heating/cooling system is not very good either. Our track is filled with fucking potholes, and whenever I run, I feel like my ankle is getting irreparably damaged on each stride. Cafeteria food tastes bad as always, a slice of greasy pizza, and unsalted potato wedges that require a massive amount of ketchup to give them sufficient flavor to be swallowed. Definitely one of the worst campuses in the nation.
I've tried to get out of this school. I applied to an east coast boarding school this year, but was put on the waitlist and subsequently rejected. I've also considered transferring to one of the other high schools in the region. However, that wasn't really feasible so I didn't. I'm stuck in this shithole for a few more years. College won't be better, because this school is setting me up so I will get into a terrible college. However, as the saying goes:
"The circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are"-Mewtwo
I will continue to work hard despite my surroundings. Who knows? Maybe some day, something good might happen.