9 Reasons Why Your Child Should Not Go to School

Updated on January 16, 2018

Do you have a trouble child, a child who just doesn't fit in, or a child that simply doesn't excel in the classroom? Below are nine reasons why your kid shouldn't go to school.

In response to this concept, adults usually say, "I went to school, and I turned out just fine." This may be true, but your child is not you.

9.) Humiliation

Example 1

Teacher: "Susan, will you start reading at the top of page 138?"

Susan: "The... con.. cons... const... construction of the United States..."

Teacher: "Constitution."

Peer (speaking softly): "You're stupid."

Example 2

Peer: "That shirt is hideous. You should be ashamed to go outside in that."

These are fairly mild examples, but they show a small sample of the humiliation that your child can experience at school. The list of insults and self-esteem lowering attacks that children and teachers lob at each other goes on ad infinitum.

8.) Obesity

Studies have shown that if your closest friends are overweight, you will be overweight. Pack the students together, feed them all the same highly processed food for breakfast and lunch, and they will inevitably grow wider. One in three children are tipping the scales, and no one at school is teaching them any differently. If your child is lucky, they might get 20 minutes of recess a day and P.E. once a week. Bad eating habits are one important reason kids should stay out of school.

Keeping your kid away from school keeps them away from drugs, too.
Keeping your kid away from school keeps them away from drugs, too. | Source

7.) Street Drugs

Right now your child knows that if they want to find an illegal drug, they simply have to contact the right person. This is something that all students (and even teachers) are aware of, and the basic laws of supply and demand ensure that drugs on campus aren't going away anytime soon.

As much as we might want to say, "That doesn't happen at my kid's school!" The fact is: it does.

Prescriptions drugs are also a danger on school campuses.
Prescriptions drugs are also a danger on school campuses. | Source

6.) Prescription Drugs

Any young kid who doesn't fit the mold is usually referred to a counselor. That counselor then refers the student to a doctor, where the student is often prescribed some pretty heavy-duty, mind-altering drugs. You would be surprised how many students are on some form of behavioral medication. Bogus diagnoses get slapped on kids who don't conform, and teachers don't intervene because subdued children make their job easier.

5.) Socialization

The first question from everyone's lips when a parent says they homeschool their kids is, "How are they socialized?" Most think kids who do not attend school are bound to be abnormal, socially awkward individuals who are unable to work with other people.

The question is, though, have those people ever thought of the socialization that is offered at school?

Schools provide the same type of socialization prisons provide. Students are taught to walk through desolate hallways, to sit quietly for long periods of time, to listen to authority figures, and to be like everyone else. To be fair, there is socialization at school, but do you really want your child to be socialized in that way?

4.) State- and Federally-Mandated Objectives

There are not enough days in a school year to incorporate all the objectives set forth by the various governmental agencies. To try to keep up with impossible deadlines, teachers shove information down students' throats without worrying about whether or not they are actually retaining any of the information. What's worse, the subjects are usually far from relevant. Does a fifth grader really need to know what a dangling participle is?

Another fantastic example is third graders being required to know Roman numerals. Unless time machines are going to hit the market in the near future, what are these kids supposed to do with that information?

We are all good at certain subjects, yet we require school children to be great at all of them. This is completely out of whack with the skills people actually need in their day-to-day lives.

3.) Artificial Environment

Where else are human beings grouped together like they are in school, where their entire day is controlled by an authority figure who dictates what they are allowed to do and when they are allowed to do it?

The only place that comes to mind is prison.


2.) Testing

Students are no longer learning subject matter, they are learning how to eliminate choice B and D on a Scantron. That way, they have a 50/50 shot at getting the right answer. Teachers call it "good test taking skills," and could care less whether the student is actually retaining the material.

1.) Learning

I shouldn't make such a blanket statement, but I will anyway: true learning has gone by the wayside. The typical cycle is cram, memorize, regurgitate, and forget. Students have material splattered at them at such an incredible pace that they have no choice but to memorize the material, then make space for more. They've been conditioned to perform when needed at the expense of having a true understanding of what they are learning at school.

We are shortchanging students on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis. Is it any wonder that our students are so unprepared when they graduate?


Demand better and take your kid(s) out of school to make a point. Most, but not all, teachers work very hard, but one drawback is that many have never been out of the school system. These teachers started school as kindergarteners, went to junior high, high school, college, and at age 22 stepped right back into the school system as a teacher. It is all they know.

The world around us has progressed, but the school system operates in the same manner it did in 1952. How many companies operate on the same platform as they did half a century ago, and are still around?

Cast your vote. - After voting, you can comment down below if you so choose.

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      Stalker 4 days ago


      Interesting information.

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      smart guy 10 days ago

      your right!

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      Alpha Shadow 3 weeks ago

      I agree with this so yay I really agree

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      i like pizza 4 weeks ago

      i'm doing a debate about why students or kids shouldn't go to school and i'm 12 years old and my teacher wouldnt like that information so could u give kids information

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      Armed 6 weeks ago

      you should deffinetly go to school, if you don't there is pretty much no chance of getting into a good college

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      vi-vi 8 weeks ago

      this article was amazing!

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      Kia 2 months ago

      Is we go back to school to moral school

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      Alma 6 months ago

      School is a place to go for the majority of our childhood and teenage years the very formative years that shape who we are as a person. We are having to be around other people more than our own families most of the time, people we don't know but are forced to be around. Our innocence is lost so quickly from just being exposed to others showing traits of lower characteristics, it rubs off on us and affects us for life. I remember a girl bringing a porn magazine to school she stole from her father when I was 10. I was pressurized to go through it with them as they were giggling about it as otherwise I was seen as a loser. I was shocked and felt like I wanted to go but couldn't leave as otherwise I was 'leaving them'. In all honesty school

      is such a big waste of our lives because so many hours are spent teaching material that can be taught in half the time if you were not in such a big group. What else could we be experiencing or enjoying and knowing about ourselves doing things we enjoy and want to learn as well as the necessary criteria? I felt annoyed at school when they were asking me in a math exam what an equilateral triangle was, they taught that every single year for six years and some students still didn't know what is was, they repeat information over and over just wasting our precious time, it's not taught in an effective way that actually sticks in our heads to be used for life. A parent who is willing to homeschool gets excited about their children's achievements however small and wants the best for them and will expose them to other children and clubs. There are also many homeschooling groups where mothers share the responsibility together and teach their kids in a group setting where the mother trust the adults and the children their children will be around. The second biggest killer in America for young adults is SUICIDE, why is it the second biggest killer!!!! Maybe that's a reason to think about homeschooling for a start, the world around our kids isn't getting any better but just worse so we can if possible show them that we want them to have a good example to be a good person and to be truly righteous and kind as their inner personalities are and as you are as a parent. Keeping them away dome the

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      xxquelaxx_xx 7 months ago

      This really helped but what's another reason why a child shoudn't go to school

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      peanut butter 10 months ago

      wow a whole lot of info

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      hi 12 months ago

      you are so right!!!

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      Caden 13 months ago

      you loose quality time with parents

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      Ann anomas 20 months ago

      I especially get what you mean with the prison because they do make us be in strait and quiet lines we have to be quiet for long times one thing is I think you maybe should have added was that all the stress about doing well getting in a good collage

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      Unknown 22 months ago

      To be sure, I do not agree with most of these statements. For one, not all schools have drugs I guess, which is kind of stated. But those kids who are in school who may be exposed to drugs, may grow up and someday your child may meet them anyway. So I think that if your child is the kind of child to be influenced by drugs, it doesn't matter if he goes to school or not, he may still be influenced.

      Furthermore, socialization, I guess you know. Not all kids are bad and those kids who learn to use expletives, usually use it at home as well. Furthermore, its not as if you can protect your kids from outside influence forever.

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      Unown 2 years ago

      There right I'm in school and then in Roth grade they have a guy talk about middle school and scare us then when we get back to the classroom they talked about the important of school and I know I've learned more from my mom and dad then school literally I've learned more in days then years

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      jamie j 2 years ago

      this article completely makes sense!

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      Shane 3 years ago from Korea

      The school system is not going to change itself. You are 100% right. We must keep our kids out of the schools. Create our own alternatives.

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      greeneyedblondie 3 years ago

      My mom always said that school is where all the kids learn how to be mean by the other kids. It's where they learn how to swear and be rude to people. I don't think she's wrong.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @shoefiend: Hell yeah

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      WNJ631 LM 6 years ago

      It's unfortunate that a huge portion of this article applies to how I learned throughout gradeschool and college... however, with parents actually taking an active role in their kids learning, it can be dulled- I was actually excited about learning for the first 4-5 years in school! ...Before I realized that everything can be procrastinated and crammed for : \

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yeah. School sucks, f*ck going to school for 12+ years just for a sh*tty piece a paper that "defines" your intelligence. F*ck bullying and drugs, man. F*ck the system bro!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I know I'm only 11years old but u r right about this it is almost too true

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am in school right now doing a project about why school is important and look ing at this I completely see your point when I was younger I thought school was dumb and when are we going to need to use this stuff in life. I still think these questions but now I just go through school as it is part of my everyday life.

      One thing I will say though is that it lets students socialize with others either during lunch or a break during class. I agree school is a little excessive but education is still somewhat mandatory and necessary .

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      DeannaDiaz 6 years ago

      I home school 3 kids! Right on!

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      shoefiend 6 years ago

      wow humiliation is a big factor now no more bully's or jokes

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      MyTimeAlone 6 years ago

      @WNJ631 LM: Little kids are the best scientist we have. School robs them of them of their natural gifts. We hand them worksheets and remove the intrinsic curiosity.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      You're a very brave teacher to publish this. Reminds me why we homeschooled our kids (who are now very well educated, well adjusted, successful adults).

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      This is a different way to look at things. I'd like to see the flip side research.

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      CatJGB 6 years ago

      Interesting topic, I currently have a chip on my shoulder about my 6 yr old's school. Any more info on this topic, I'd love to read more!