For the most part, I liked school. I was pretty good at the academic part, and I'm sure that's the main reason I liked it - it certainly wasn't because of my high social standing. However, this week's Ten on Tuesday asked for "10 Things You Didn't Like About School," and I was a little surprised by how quickly I put a list together. They're in no particular order, but the first item is definitely my least favorite.
- Gym class. I have no athletic ability at all. I was always picked last for teams, and I was always afraid of breaking my glasses. My high school only required two years of P.E.; the last day of tenth-grade classes, which was my last day of gym ever, was one of the happiest days of my life.
- Picture day. They took one shot, and you had to order before you even saw the pictures. When they finally came in, weeks later, they were an inevitable disappointment.
- Cafeteria food - probably the reason I still pack my own lunch.
- Selling stuff for school fund-raisers - although, to be honest, I hate this even more as a parent than I did as a student.
- Not having enough time to get to my locker. Why did it always seem that your locker, no matter where it was, wasn't conveniently located relative to any of your classes?
- No arts classes. This only applied to high school, where the only for-credit class that was arts-related at all was band (which was also extracurricular), unless you count Humanities, which was an elective. Choral group and drama were after-school only, and we had no fine-arts classes at all. However, since it was a Catholic school, we did have religion classes.
- Cliques. I think this is a "didn't like about school" item you may only find on the lists of people who weren't part of the cliques. Unfortunately, they exist in almost every organization, but they're rarely more obvious or more insidious than they are in middle and high school.
- Classes disrupted by kids' bad behavior. It wasted everyone's time, especially when no one would confess to being the perpetrator and the teacher took it out on the whole class.
- Having to cross teacher picket lines. This happened almost every year when I was in grade school in Connecticut; it seemed like the teachers regularly went out on strike, and my parents sent us to school anyway. After we moved to Florida (and no longer went to public school), I don't think I remember any more teachers' strikes.
- Classes that were a waste of time (you could have just read the book and stayed home). Sadly, this seemed to be the case most often in university. Then again, if your professor didn't count attendance, you could stay home and just show up for tests. But when you're paying for your education, it's nice if the classroom experience actually adds some value for your money.
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