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Importance Of School

Why is school important in our lives?  

I have debate in English, followed by a test afterwards so I could use some pointers.

School is important because it teaches us about the world around us and prepares us with the tools we will need for future success in the job market. Outside of the classroom, students also learn valuable lessons at school, such as social skills, behavior, work ethic, working for people they don't like, and gaining a sense of personal achievement.

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School is important because it is a tool to help prepare us for life.  Not only can we learn the basic skills to read, write, and do arithmetic but we can learn about peoples, places, and nature.  School prepares us to be the future caretakers of this planet when our parents are dead and gone, and it gives us the knowledge to pass on to our children and the future generation.  As such, we should appreciate the great gift we have when we're able to attend school.


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I have to agree that "Life is a school." We learn everyday, whether or not we are in a classroom. School is important because it gives people the building blocks necessary to do many things: critically analyze, read, perform mathematical functions, write, etc. Without these building blocks people would not understand some of the things necessary in everyday life.

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School also provides exposure to activities, ideas, and fields of knowledge that you might never encounter otherwise. While some of these experiences strike students as being a waste of time and effort, others may open up whole new areas of interest in a person's life. The discipline of working through a body of knowledge that doesn't particularly appeal to one's personal tastes also develops self-discipline and can lead to a (sometimes perverse) sense of self-satisfaction - "I didn't like doing it, but I made it through the course!"

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I agree with post #4, if nothing else, school is invaluable just for the socialization aspect.  There are many life lessons to be learned in the classroom that will benefit students as adults:  time management, a strong work ethic, collaboration, multi-tasking, and self-discipline.

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School introduces you to other points of view, which is necessary to learn tolerance and empathy.  School provides you with exposure to diversity in culture and religion, something we also need to develop tolerance and empathy.  School provides you with a formal structure that real life learning does not, and that structure helps you to learn self-discipline.  One of my father's favorite sayings when we were growing up was, "School teaches you to do the things that have to be done, when they have to be done."  The trick, in my opinion, is to internalize the lessons of school without losing one's creativity and joy in learning.  Some schools are more effective at helping with this than others. 

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Outside of all the things that previous posts have said, school teaches you how to get by in the world.  It teaches you how to deal with bosses (teachers) that you may or may not really like.  It teaches you to cope with people that you have to work with (classmates) that may annoy you.  Basically, academics aside, it teaches you a lot of the social skills that you will need for your life.

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Life is a school; we never stop learning.  The 12-20 years that we spend in a classroom are only part of the learning process that begins the moment we are born and ends when we die.  And to some, who believe in a life after death, our learning continues on indefinitely.

According to the, the definition of the verb "to school" is

To train or discipline; to educate in or as if in an institution of learning.

And from, learning is defined as

the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill.

That being the case, our schooling begins the second we draw our first breath of life as a tiny, newborn infant.  From Day 1 in this life, we are being taught.  By the time we are old enough to go to an institution of learning, we will already have 5-6 years learning experience.  Picture those 5-6 years in your mind. Picture the tremendous progress from helpless babe in arms, that can only communciate through crying and has to have everything done for them to the chattering, active, independent boy or girl our baby has grown into.  Not only has the body increased in size, but the brain capacity has multiplied astronomically.  In five short years, your child has learned to talk, walk, and reason. 

At age five or six, we send our children off to school where they remain for about twelve years, ultimately graduating from high school at about age eighteen.  Many go on to higher institutions for 2, 4, 6, or 8 years, getting rewarded with college degrees in preparation for their chosen careers.  That is the importance of schools-to help prepare us to better live our lives.  But does the learning stop there?  It does not.

Throughout our lives we are constantly learning new things and will never stop learning new things.  Our formal years of schooling may be over with, but the learning continues on until we die. 

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kevinyinchan | Student

It is Important because it can help with daily life and help you get a good job in the future

ik9744 | Student

School helps us learn all sort of things! Even random things that is brought up not by the teacher can help us in the future or near future. Without school everything would be hard. Imagine the line for the cashier! 

crystaltu001 | Student

School is important in our lives because learning is something we all have to do . We all have to learn and get an education to go to college and get a good job so we can take care of our families. So school is a very important thing.

Wiggin42 | Student

One thing in our lives that never changes is learning. we are learning in everyday life in every opportunity. Learning starts at home and continue at school and we keep shaping them during our days in school and in college… Knowledge is like a well it has to be drained to keep it coming so we should not let it dry but dropping out of school.

jjrichardson | Student

School means access to education. There are many other avenues that allow people to become educated, but schools facilitate this in a much more organized and standardized way.  A high school diploma can be the gateway to postsecondary education, better employment and a successful college career

nikitasingh | Student

school is not only important for the education it provides us with but also gives us a platform so that we can find our hidden talents .....learn to respect a society and uderstand the importance of friends and foes. I have to agree that it is "building block of life". and not only that .......... it also gives us confidence.

kavya--kammana | Student

for getting educated.

education will shape our personality

so getting educated is important. qualified persons only get standard jobs so that they can lead a great life.

so for getting educated schools are important.

mknkids | Student

School is one of the most important things in our lives!  If we are not educated then we do not have the skills needed to function in everyday society.  School not only helps students learn necessary concepts and skills, but it also allows students to interact with other students socially, academically, and emotionally.  Getting an education equips people with the knowledge and skills to seek gainful employment opportunities, and it allows them to communicate effectively as well.  All of these benefits set people up for a successful and happy life!


najm1947 | Student

In reply to post 1 by Ayesha Nihal:

"Learn from the mother's lap to the grave," said the holy prophet Mohammad and the first words of revelation by God to Mohammad were:

Recite thou with the name of thy Lord who has made;

He who made man from a clot of blood.

Recite! For thy Lord is the most Honourable.

He who has taught the use of the pen;

Has taught man what he did not know. (Quran 96:1-5)

This says a lot about the importance of learning for the mankind.

The earlier posts, especially 2 and 4 have also given a good account of importance of learning and schooling. The Creator has mandated the humans to learn and school is the next stage after mother's lap where one has a larger group to interact with and start learning the skills to deal with people who are not a part of the family and friends in addition to academics. It helps us to learn about he social aspects of life and process goes on till the end of life.

k5ado0oy | Student

Real life is a lot more stressful than school. You've got to hold a job, keep real deadlines, no one wants to hear about your problems or your mistakes or why you didn't finish your work on time, and you've got people depending on you to earn money. You're not learning useless information, you're learning useful skills that you'll need in a job - how to read, write, communicate, think, and do math. That's what you're supposed to be getting out of your classes.

k5ado0oy | Student

Although people find school boring it is actually helpful in many ways. With education you will end up more successful in the future. School is also better than being at home because you learn a lot of new things. You also can meet new people and sometimes you will even be influenced by them to go to college and get a good career.