A New Perspective on School

Recently, we had someone share this perspective with us:

“As a mother and grandmother I feel it is unfortunate to push college starting in the Junior year of high school.  Students in other countries often take a “GAP YEAR”.  My oldest daughter did not want to attend a local university, and instead she worked a year, then went to a university overseas, and returned later to finish at UW.  My other daughter went to a small liberal arts college in CA, then later told me she never felt comfortable  there until her senior year.  I went to university at 18 yrs but did not really know why I was there and quit after two years.  Later, after having more life experience, I went to another university, and then finally graduated from the University of Washington. I remember being disappointed in many classes.  i.e. a young man in my Oceanography class when evaluating the class wrote “This class is so poorly taught even the nuns went to sleep.”  In American History class I used to think the professor was perhaps blind as he lectured to a crack in the back wall. In fact, I only remember the names of a few teachers who were dynamic. On the other hand, I am grateful for all life-long learning experiences.

Just loosen up and let students grow up.”

One Comment

  • BYS Counselor says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your perspective with us. We agree, one size doesn’t fit all students, and life experiences can be as important (if not more!) than what a student can get out of the classroom.

    Having adults in the community express different ideas and be open to many ways of growing up makes for a positive, supportive environment for the youth in our community. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and supporting our youth!

    All the best,
    BYS Therapist

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