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Even if it was mostly terrible, do you ever miss it?
screw a piece of paper up then gob in it then throw it at someone.
constructed life, no a fucking care in the world, protected from most of lifes bullshit.
I remember at school people scoffing at the notion 'school days are the best days of your life', I just remember thinking this is obviously true, its downhill from here, and I was right.
I'm still pretty fresh from leaving school and am determined to try and prove that notion wrong.
I guess there are some positives of leaving school.
1) Everyone's suddenly nicer.
2) No longer feel the need to be in a clique and be non-weird/understand stupid jokes/listen to certain music in order to avoid being ostracised.
3) Less chance of unrequited love.
But in a weird way I kinda preferred it like that.
University was the worst
life at a shit uni is loads of fun
life at a good uni... not so much.
Stayed round friends' unis which have been much more fun and less populated by nonces, obviously I'm generalising a bit but I assume it's okay to do that on here occasionally
I miss certain people from school and I miss having no responsibilities and pissing time away
But I couldn't deal with the regimentation or condesention anymore
bit in general i just miss being a kid. the state of mind and that
the state of mind that school attempts to drain out of you in it`s mission to turn you into an ego driven cog. just to clarify
back in 80`s
I left primary school at 11, straight into a comprehensive until I left for university at 18
As far as I'm aware that's the predominant path of education here (although they used to have grammar/secondary moderns instead of comprehensives.
Or is middle school a private education option in the UK i'm not aware of?
The middle-school I went to was for 11 - 14 year olds, free and horrible.
Round here it was primary school ages 5-7 middle school ages 8-11 secondary school ages 12-16 6th form college 18-19, can't even imagine what it must be like to have 2 schools and be with the same group of people for so long
6th form college was exactly like skins
from ages 14-18 we were on a different site with the same 300 people but in different classes for every lesson. It was kinda cool and I miss everyone deeply despite feeling like an excluded victim for most of it.
It concludes with those horrible SATs (different to American SATs) at the end of year 9 which then stream you into classes of supposed ability, well, for Maths at least. Then there are a couple of 'oh-la-de-da', 'top' sets for English and Science.
Worryingly if you start off in a low Maths set at middle-school then it's quite difficult to move up as you're taught less advanced stuff than people in above groups. The maximum grade you can get is also limited because you're made to sit a lower tier paper, making it very difficult to get into a decent Maths set at GCSE, which again limits the highest grade you can get.
For the younger years
The mind boggles
I find it strange that more areas don't have middle school, the age range seems way too big otherwise, pretty much babies at the same school as 10/11 year olds
then in the fourth year you move to 'upper school', which for us was on the other side of town.
Deeply suspicious of people who do. Being an adult is miles better.
There's a guy from my school who I run into professionally every now and then. It's been years since we were at school, but he still keeps close tabs on what everybody's doing, what their jobs are, who's married and who's not, how many kids they have, what their kids' names are, etc etc etc. He even keeps tabs on people who I clearly remember weren't friendly with him at school. His conversation is full of "Hey remember that time we were in Geography and Mr Pickard - you remember Mr Pickard? Old Alf Pickard, ha ha, what a guy - he made Jamie stand in the corner for an hour?" He still goes to our school reunions and our school football games. He's hands down the most depressing person I know.
there's no middle ground
as part of our three tier system (non-selective state schools, obvs). I think the two tier system is probably better. Middle school was years 5-8, my middle school was run by cunts and it was utter hell.
and even though I had a tough time before that, I do feel nostalgic for the middle of year 8 onwards, mainly cos my interests shifted from video games and school plays to indie music and girls and life suddenly became 10 times more interesting.
when all of my friends were in the same place and I would see them every day.
Then again this is also true for your enemies
I now realise I could have slammed a lot more girls than I thought I could at the time
I'm baffled as to how people are supposed to meet other people
MARLON: I miss school all of the time because I have gout
ROSCOE: Silly Marlon you do not need to go to school after all as you have a PhD
MARLON: Oh yeah
I have a far better life now than I did during my teenage years. Nostalgia's over-rated.
Really miss those lazy afternoons hanging around on the high jump mat on top pitch, or nipping to the music department to play Muse covers with EMO, or a cheeky five-a-side on the well-manicured cricket pitch, also playing Dreamcast with all yer mates all evening. Don't miss the actual schooling part though.