Why do you think we all should go to school?why?

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kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It really depends on what you think about education.  I don't think we should force every child to go to school.  If you take away the choice, you are automatically downgrading the value of the time spent there.  I also disagree with the post that very few people are curious enough to learn on their own.  I believe very strongly that every child is curious and motivated to learn, though many of them cease to be motivated when we start forcing them to go to school, forcing them to learn certain subjects in certain ways and at certain times rather than being allowed to focus on what they want and what they are interested in.

Children all learn to walk and to talk and to eat and do all kinds of complex things to make sense of their worlds.  Then they go to school and suddenly we say some are motivated and some aren't.  Could it be just that school only appeals to certain kinds of kids?  Could it be that school and learning are two different things that sometimes intersect but not always?

School today is designed to sort kids into the haves and have nots and to then designate certain kids as worthy for certain things based on arbitrary standards or considerations.  Forcing everyone to go to them to be sorted, etc., could be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.

I agree that ignorance is a terrible thing, but school is not the only solution to that problem nor is it always the best, and sometimes it may in fact encourage ignorance by stifling curiosity, destroying children's desire to read and think outside the box, and telling them that only certain things are "worth" learning.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Very few people are naturally curious enough to seek knowledge without the help of qualified experts (teachers) to guide them.  On the contrary, most humans are lazy and unmotivated except in the areas that interest them.  Schools and the teachers in them help push and encourage the population at large to better themselves.  Be honest, would you seek knowledge in the areas of school which are difficult for you if left on your own?  Probably not.  For me, that would have been math...and that would have been tragic.  Had I not been taught the basics of math, today I would not be able to balance a checkbook, consider the best deals at the grocery store, and figure out the dimensions and plans for building the storage buildings and greenhouse I wanted last year.  There's also a lot of math in music which I love!  So you think about that.  Many students have difficulty in English...without the skills to read well, think and reason well, listen well, and speak well, how far do you think you would get in the world?  Most every other academic area requires you to be able to do all of these things well in order to succeed.

School is necessary, and the quicker the stinkin' thinkin' is turned around, the quicker you will learn to enjoy the process instead of loathe every minute of it.  Good Luck!

linalarocca eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Although I believe in education, we can gain knowledge in a multitude of ways outside the classroom walls. As well, I do find that some of the content delivered in a traditional school environment is repetitive and impractical. However, school is a comforting place to not only gain knowledge, but to develop in areas of socialization and self-worth. Furthermore, it gives students the background knowledge that they will require to be contributing citizens in society.

I agree with post #5 about the fact that education has opened many doors for women and for the poor. Many women hold high positions and many people who were at one time unable to go to school because of lack of money are able to pursue an education. However, we still have a long way to go in terms of equality in the workplace which unfortunately, does not always relate to the level of education one has attained.

lfawley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I cannot stress the value of education enough, and I am an educator, but I also think that education needs to be targeted to meet each person's individual talents. Some people are good at the arts, some at sciences, and others at mechanical tasks. I don't think that everyone needs the same education. Some people would do well to focus on building or make things, while other people would do well to focus on creative efforts - dance, music or painting. Still others find that they like studying the hard sciences, and that is the direction for them. The problem that I see in education is that we keep on tyring to make everyone the same - give everyone the same education in  the same subjects within the same time frame - and that does not work because human beings are decidedly NOT all the same!

kalick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am a teacher, so of course I think everyone needs to go to school.  However, and this is a big one, I don't think school should be compulsory.  It is frustrating to see students who genuinely want to learn placed in the same class as students who are just passing their day.  I think a system that allowed students to explore options other than secondary education (internships, apprenticeships, community service opportunities) would make many students realize why school is so important in the first place.  It is amazing to see the difference between students that want to be in school and students that don't.  Let's give students the opportunity to realize for themselves how important education is.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Stupidity and ignorance are terrible things, and school helps to eradicate these traits. It was drilled into me at an early age that grades were important and that a college education was a must, so I never considered otherwise. As a longtime school teacher, I am more aware than most the importance of continuing education: It creates brighter individuals who excel in the workplace and earn more money which creates financial security throughout life. I realize that there are plenty of jobs--and well-paying ones, too--that do not require an advanced education, but even in most of them a continuing knowledge of the specific field is important.

usbummer eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is a political overtone to this question as well. Dictatorships thrive on an ignorant population. When we first operated as an independent country, even under the Articles of Confederation, we emphasized education. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 set aside provisions for publicly funded schools. In part, for a democracy to function at its most efficient, or so the argument goes, the voting population needs to be as well educated as is realistically possible so they can make more rational decisions regarding our leaders. This would help ensure our democratic institutions.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As a teacher, I too, see value in education and continuing education. At the same time, however, I cannot deny the fact, that our schools cater to those who intend to pursue college educations. What of those students who want to pursue futures that do not include college? They are sometimes, and too often, deemed less significant than those who decide to pursue college. I think empowering students to be lifelong learners whether that be in college, the workforce, or life in general is why we need education.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Absolutely everyone needs school but in different capacities. As a teacher I feel that it is in a way my responsibility to make school relevant for each and every one of my students. They all have different interests. If I can discover a way to engage them then I have won the battle.

School is also necessary for socialization skills. Kids need to learn how to interact with one another in appropriate ways. School helps to achieve this.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is not about GOING,really, but about becoming "scholars" that the whole thing with education begins. There are plenty of reasons for people to become educated, no matter how. The importance is not neccesarily where it happens, but how and when. Homeschooled children have made it to Harvard just like privately educated students have end up as bums. Just find what drives you and put it into practice. That is the best education of them all.

copelmat eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Going to school is certainly one way to gain an education. However, going to school is much more than merely attaining academic essentials. School, for many of us, is our first foray into the wider, more diverse social world, a time and place for us to leave the confines of the nest and test our own wings in a broader community. School, then, is much more than the "three R's;" it's a place and a process for seeing one's worth and potential.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Unless you happen to be extremely talented in some way, you can't get a very good job without going to school.  Maybe you can make it if you are hugely talented in music or computers or whatever, but for most of us, education is necessary.

Also, a lot of people (including me) think that it's more fun and more rewarding to understand as much as we can about the world than to be ignorant.

Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One example of why going to school is essential can be demonstrated by looking at the history of the poor and of women.  Name a field, and for centuries it was dominated by men:  wealthy men, in fact.  They were the only ones with education. Now that education is mandatory for all, women excel in almost every field, and the poor certainly have more opportunities than in the past.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that we all need to be given opportunities to learn. Whether that is in a traditional classroom setting or some other setting I am not sure it matters.

zumba96 | Student

Why? It depends on whether you are asking if you should stay in school or if it is a general question. You can learn so many things from school that you can't learn outside of this learning environment. I know many times people believe school is a waste of time and we learn nothing, but in fact it can be a place full of productivity and the path to a great career. If you stay in school not only can you understand the potential you have, but you can socialize and meet new people. School can also create a base for you and before you go to college prepare you for the real world. School is honestly one of the most important factors in life, even though we all want to leave it behind at times. 

teachtheworld | Student
Why do you think we all should go to school?


That depends on what you mean by go to school.

I think all people should get educated and preferably they would wish to be educated to the point their natural talent would allow. On the other hand this does not mean each learner needs to sit in a classroom for a certain period of time. There are pros and cons to classrooms but the truth is that they are designed not for the learner but for industry. The truth is not every learner can go at the same pace. If we have an average class of 30 kids we will have 10 paying attention, 10 feeling lost and/or sleeping, and 10 bored because the pace is to slow. So what should we do? Easy, program a laptop with what you want them to learn, with testing after each module, and rewards like access to a video game upon successful completion of the test. Do this with 60 learners in a class with 3 teachers.  The teachers are then free to work with who REALLY needs them and nobody knows how slow some are going. In this way kids stay with people their own age but are neither held back or frustrated. If the learner does not do as well as they want to on the test they can repeat twice. The third attempt to repeat would flag a teacher to substitute a module with similar information but in a different way. We have plenty of research to show that not all people learn in the same way. Home schooling is fine if the self-testing is done and a qualified teacher checks progress several times a year.

crystaltu001 | Student

We all have to go to school because school is super important for us. School gives us an education and it teaches us many things and gives us a lot of information. With that information we use it in the future. We go to school to get education and with that we can get a good job when we grow up and live a better life. 

kevin0001 | Student

Everyone should go to school because you can get an education and survive in the real adult life. Many things in the real world are taught to many students at school. Education can make you think and act smart. Going to school can help you figure out what you want to do and succeed in life. Going to school is good because you can make friends who support and struggle with you in life. 

atyourservice | Student

School is a place where knowledge is taught and minds are broaden up. Some may argue that school isnt for everyone and I agree but it is the fundamental of helping build the future generation. School opens up a broad options of a future career and by going to school you are able to tell which subject you like and which subject you will like to incorporate in your life when you choose your career.

Yes i can understand he horrors of school, those painful writing assignments, the pop quizzes that almost give you a heart attack at age 13 (or any age for that matter), those awkward moments in the hall where some people don't remember you/ forget what you're taking about....i can go on an on

however school is supposed to teach us the best ways to survive in this world, most of the things you learn in school will help you further a career in your life at one point or another. (i can understand how its pointless for some classes, and not all the information you learned in calculus will be used), but the more you know the easier it will be fore you to survive in the real wold.

melissa1106 | Student

Everyone needs an education to succeed in the real world, and school is a crucial part of that. If no one went to school then we would innovators, new technology, and a lot that we now. No one is born knowing everything so we need school to teach us skills we will use in our lives.

Wiggin42 | Student

School can be defined as a place where knowledge is imparted. 

It started when human mastered the basic life skills. 

In ancient India, where children are imparted life skills based on their family background. 

princess and prince got trained under skilled masters to become a future Queen and kings

Like wise any family what ever their profession they taught that knowledge to their children. 

The break through started when a person choose to get trained in other profession which he doesn't belong. There arise a setup called School where everyone can learn to master the skills  needed to lead a life.  

That is why you are going to school to lead a independent life. 

robyn-bird96 | Student

An education builds society.  The most dangerous quote is "We've always done it like that."  An education gives space for people to grow and mature, to consistently develop ideas that will help society progress.  An educated population understands and can make connections between events and ideas.  An educated person will not be moved by whatever another person says.  An educated person will vote and get their voice heard.

because school gives us the basic knowledge that we need to expand on to survive in the world..agreed not all subjects are used but it gives us a fundamental basis of what our interests are and what we are good at. 

Yojana_Thapa | Student

People say that we all never stop learning. School can give you alot of stress. And if you think about it we sped half of our life in school and the other half  working. The rest of your life depends on how you do in school. But most importantly school is somewhere that we all meet people. We make many lifetime friends. But, School is where we learn. If you think about it all the education we have gotten is from school. We all need education. Without it we would be lost.

thewanderlust878 | Student

I personally believe education is important because it not only allows the individual to grow exponentially, but it also allows the world around us to grow as well. You have probably heard of the phrase "knowledge is power". I wholeheartedly believe that this is a true statement. Without knowledge, how could society develop and grow and be successful? 

Jyotsana | Student

I think we all need to go to school because school gives us education. Education gives us knowledge. Without education we won't be able to get a good job like doctors, lawyers etc.

sakshiyadav | Student

I think it is very important to gain knowledge and school is the best way for this. Without knowledge we will be like primitive human beings. Infact school very is important for our all round development. If you really want to know the importance of school,ask an unfortunate child who has missed this opportunity due to unfavourable circumstances.


oosa | Student

I think we all should go to school. School is essential for our development whether physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially. Without education there would not be doctors, lawyers, teachers etc. The world would not grow nor progress and there would not be awareness around. School/education is the door to opportunities, when that is gained opportunities is at your hand.

enxhie | Student

We should all go to shchool in order to learn a bit about the world,to know and undrstand the others as well as ourselves too.When you are a child you need to collaborate with others and develop your own character as well.It makes us feel clever and talented if we are successful at school.See how many things have school brought into your life and you'll understand it's value.

giorgiana1976 | Student

It is obvious that in the civilized world, school and obviously, degrees that are given by the school, diplomas which are guaranteeing professional training in one area or another, are the key to access the job.Without a certified training, without a unanimous recognition, however well known could be a field (which from some level up, it is impossible without guidance), the practice in that area can not be accredited.

lit24 | Student

Literally speaking a school is place for instruction, but it serves more important purposes other than merely passing on knowledge and information to its students.  It is the place where children are 'socialized' that is they learn to interact with other children of the same age group. This is important because a child has to be trained to become a socially responsible adult. Children ought to go to school because it is the pace where they learn important social and ethical values which will enable them to make the world a better place to live in.

mkcapen1 | Student
Why do you think we all should go to school?


  School is necessary to train the children in our society to be socially adept humans as well as prepares them to have the education that they wil need to be employed as adults.  The world has rapidly become a high skilled place where students have even more challenges of knowledge lying ahead for them.   They need to have all the education that they can get.

icarusxat | Student

I think that when it comes down to it school is important in it's own way, because it is helping get beeter qualifications, so we get the job we want, so we get good money, so we have a good life...That is important because then we are happy with the job that we do and can enjoy going to woork rather being stuck somewhere we don't like just because of the money.

You are so right about taking advantage of school in order to gain your freedom. Being able to do the things you love and make money doing them is worth a half century of home work (and yes, I am speaking from experience).

xlaurenbx | Student

I think that when it comes down to it school is important in it's own way, because it is helping get beeter qualifications, so we get the job we want, so we get good money, so we have a good life...That is important because then we are happy with the job that we do and can enjoy going to woork rather being stuck somewhere we don't like just because of the money.

icarusxat | Student

School is far more than just the accumulation of knowledge. The first hand experience of being around others who have different values, goals and abilities will prepare a student for life after the classroom. Further, you learn best by sharing your knowledge with others. An academic setting is an obvious arena for such sharing.

dovev | Student

To learn and know things so you can be safe. It can also be good for the future to get a job beceause you are competing with education as well as how u are.

nusratfarah | Student

At first, I'd like say that, without going to an institution, a boy/girl can learn via private training staying home. But, the question is, "is that enough?"

The purpose of learning in schools and learning through private teaching are the same - gaining knowledge. But the process are quite different, and this difference is hidden in the atmospheres basically. And it is the atmosphere of the school which does not only teach students to be confined within the pages of books, but also teaches how to connect thie learning with reality. Learning from experienced teachers, mixing with peers of different sorts of mentality, taking part in variuous cultural programmes, going to study tours, working in groups - all these are generally unexpected when a person is taking private tution; these are possible only in schools. And, as far as I think, these jobs are undoubtedly very essential for a learner's better learning and being a pragmatic human.

heimermannh | Student

yah or else no one would have any idea of things that happend in the past.

heimermannh | Student

In reply to post #1

so someone all has some booksmart and not everyone has no clue about anything. :)

azan113 | Student

it is our duty that we have to do.School is a good place for learning and to study different things which are happening nowadays.


paultaylor | Student

well, the life would be in choas if people are uneducated....

but i feel like i'm wasting my time in school.

i try to pay attention, but i just can't help being tired


krishna-agrawala | Student

We all go to school to learn things we need to learn and which can be learnt perhaps most conveniently in schools. If we can learn everything we want to learn, without going to school, I see no reason to go to school.

Perhaps the only other advantage of going to school or other recognized educational institutions is that you are able to get some publicly recognized proof your learning in form of certificated, degrees and diplomas awarded by such institutions.

It would be very sad the only benefit we got from attending school was to get such certificates. But reality is that depending on the type of school we go to we receive varying amount of learning which is generally useful in itself without the certificates also.

thewanderlust878 | Student

There are many different types of school. High school, vocational school, acting school, art school, the list goes on and on. I think that it is important for everyone to go to at least one type of school in their lifetime. Some might not be able to complete the regular course of school work (elementary, junior high, high school, college, graduate school, etc) but I think it's important that a basic understanding of how the world works, and how to read and write, is taught to everyone. 

ifonly | Student

I think you should go to school because of the knowledge and social interaction.

mchandrea | Student

"Going to school"  is a privilege. Learning from teachers and professors is a luxury a lot of people, especially from the least developing countries, cannot afford. 

We go to school to meet friends and occasionally enemies as well, to complete our teenage years and to become more social. Human beings are naturally social. "No man is an island." they said.

We go to school so our professors will have a job. But kidding aside, we should listen to them and learn from them. They are respected and accomplished people. You might be one in the future.

Other things aside, We go to school to get an education. So we could eventually graduate and get a good job. Have a salary to be able to support our future families and to give back to  our parents.

I go to school to learn, to be a better person, to be successful someday. 

This is a privilege often taken for granted.

senyoreeta | Student

To gain knowledge we have to go to school...