Dear School, do better.


Sheridan Smith

A hallway of George Ranch.

By Sheridan Smith, Staff Writer

School has made a huge impact in my life for over 13 years, and I’m not super happy about it.

3 absences is all it takes to get your exemptions taken away. That’s it. Last semester, I was throwing up for two days straight and had already missed two days, but did they excuse my absences? Of course not.

School is important and all, but sleep is important too. Sleep is something that I am deprived of every night because I hear the dreaded ringing at 6:45 am every morning. I also have to stay up late in the night to do even more work. School controls my life, and I only get a three month break in the summer and a three week break in the winter. How is that fair?

I like school, don’t get me wrong. I like that we’re able to have an education and socialize with our friends, but I swear school is ruining it bit by bit. I’ll be sitting in class whispering to a friend, and all of the sudden I’m in a stare down with the teacher when he or she is handing out papers. Not even teaching. WHY.

Then there are those classes you have to attend for whatever reason, even though you know you will be sitting on your phone for a constant 55 minutes, and half of those classes won’t allow you to talk to friends because it’s “too loud”. I honestly want to know the point of being present when there’s no point in being there.

I love education, but I don’t love the sleep deprivation, fear of missing school, pointless classes, and finally, the attacks from teachers you receive from talking.