As someone who has been out of high school for 10 years — OK, hold on. I actually need to take a minute and have a mini panic attack about how old I am. Be right back.
Phew. OK. As I was saying...
As someone who has been out of high school for 10 years, let me just tell you: It is not all it's cracked up to be. Sure, I have a few friends from those days (and even earlier!) who I still keep in touch with, and sometimes it's fun to flip through my old yearbooks and laugh at my Quiz Bowl and orchestra pictures (I was very cool, guys), but for the most part, high school kind of just...happened. And then college happened. And now I get to live my life free from the constraints of formal education and it's pretty darn great.
People have been sharing a bunch of unpopular opinions on Twitter lately, and it's kind of my favorite thing. Recently, someone started a thread of unpopular opinions about high school, and it was definitely my jam. How many of these do you agree with? How many are you totally opposed to?
This was the tweet that started the whole thing:You may have already seen the threads about unpopular opinions about music or books. This time, high school is on the unpopular opinion chopping block.
The responses quickly started coming in. As you can see, people did not hold back:Everyone knows at least one person who really peaked in high school. They're very quick to tell you about their GPA or how they were the star quarterback or some other fact that no longer has any meaning.
Do you still have friends from high school?
@madlatinathot You lose all you “friends” and your brothers and sisters you’ve made will be around forever but it’s… https://t.co/KWaHFDsgPp— ❄️ (@❄️)1549435139.0
This is actually a pretty good idea:
@madlatinathot There needs to be high school courses that actually teach you adult life things like how to do taxes and stuff like that— maria ♡ •*:･ﾟ☆ (@maria ♡ •*:･ﾟ☆)1549441904.0
Too often, the important stuff goes ignored:
@madlatinathot People ignore especially teachers and faculty members the mental issues that come along with high sc… https://t.co/b8sATzdD4e— babyangel (@babyangel)1549453939.0
The teachers can actually be pretty cool.
@madlatinathot My teachers were better friends than my actual friends.— いずみ (@いずみ)1549463362.0
I agree with this one!So many people complain about how they never use algebra in "real life," when in reality, they probably do use algebra and just don't realize it.
Popularity isn't always all that great.
@madlatinathot being popular in hs will not contribute to your popularity in real life. congrats on being popular i… https://t.co/6O7zM62uwc— shrike🗡 (@shrike🗡)1549421331.0
@madlatinathot Taking AP classes doesn’t mean you are smart nor does it guarantee credit for your college. Taking t… https://t.co/g1cHL1yldl— #cody ⁷ 🌈💜Black Lives Matter 👏🏽 (@#cody ⁷ 🌈💜Black Lives Matter 👏🏽)1549469945.0
This person thinks high school is super important:
@madlatinathot High school is one of the most important times of our lives. It can literally shape your work ethic,… https://t.co/JICF9NSWYj— Big Daddy (@Big Daddy)1549478484.0
This is so true:I don't think we even had 10 sick days...I'm pretty sure it was like 5 at my school. Either way, if you're sick, you're sick! You shouldn't have to be in class!
Tests aren't everything.
@madlatinathot Even as someone who benefited from the ACT and SAT they’re both ridiculous ways to measure a persons… https://t.co/JoUuu0jugx— ATCWKBT (@ATCWKBT)1549545170.0
@madlatinathot Climbing up the social ladder within highschools impossible. If you think you're getting higher you'… https://t.co/2Bj7YMAlOr— meekielipse ✨ (@meekielipse ✨)1549490883.0
This is too real:As someone who studied education and has taught plenty of classes... This is so, so true.
Did you ever ditch class?
@madlatinathot ditching school isn’t worth getting behind— natalia (@natalia)1549487016.0
I wish I had thought of this:Oh, teachers don't want to spend their evening hours doing menial work that doesn't have any real benefit? Neither do the students!
Here's a hot take:I'm sure this depends on both the high school and the college you attend! In my case, I found college to be pretty similar to high school. More homework, though.
This is true beyond high school, too:Sometimes, you become "friends" with people because you have to see them every weekday and it's just easier to be friendly. There's nothing wrong with that.
Are we sure these parties even happen?
@madlatinathot 4 years later I’ve still never been to a house party— Old Man Smalls (@Old Man Smalls)1549495252.0
Not all of the lessons should be from a textbook.
@madlatinathot Social awareness is more important than gym class and other questionable subjects. Students need to… https://t.co/ep7QBUmNEG— 🐰 brooke 🐺 • (@🐰 brooke 🐺 •)1549504024.0
@madlatinathot unpopular opinion: dressing up for school is more comfortable than wearing sweat pants everyday— Jordan Jones 👽🕸🎱🎧⛓🖤 (@Jordan Jones 👽🕸🎱🎧⛓🖤)1549469432.0
Bring back recess!
@madlatinathot recess is a necessity in high school #bringrecessback— soph🌻 (@soph🌻)1549484848.0
Are you paying attention?
@madlatinathot Unpopular opinion: high school does teach you plenty of things outside of the classes. Some people j… https://t.co/13JubreLRD— Robert uchiha (@Robert uchiha)1549505847.0
College isn't for everyone!
@madlatinathot I don't think schools should keep, borderline, forcing kids to apply to colleges when you haven't ev… https://t.co/2FelQyvhbk— garden🎼whore (@garden🎼whore)1549493556.0
You wanna be popular?It definitely always seemed like the popular kids experienced the most drama. But there was drama among us, unpopular kids, too. Does anyone actually escape the drama?
OK, this one I do not agree with.
@madlatinathot cool math games got old after middle school— soph🌻 (@soph🌻)1549452303.0
This one was obviously written by a freshman:
@madlatinathot 99% of upperclassmen have a sense of entitlement as if they weren’t an underclassman before— rhiannon (@rhiannon)1549504755.0
They really are!
@madlatinathot Fine arts are under appreciated— “aSiA tAmYiA” (@“aSiA tAmYiA”)1549484897.0
It's not a big deal if you only have a few friends.
@madlatinathot I struggled with this but it’s ok to not have lots of friend. Two or three is fine— Verse king (@Verse king)1549522155.0
And now for the most controversial opinion of all:
@madlatinathot snow days suck. Like yeah its nice to sleep in but once you go back you have double the work. Last w… https://t.co/9QDRThZ2C8— kells⁷ (@kells⁷)1549684661.0