Kids put no effort into school because at school the teachers tell kids what to think about, which forces kids to stop being creative and curious and just focus on passing tests. As this opinion becomes more and more mainstream, more and more kids will stop wanting to try hard at school.
When it comes to cartoons, Rick and Morty is the show to watch. Critics love the show, and its ratings are incredible. I bring it up here because one plot line of the show is that the grandpa, Rick, takes his grandson, Morty, out of school all the time because, as Rick explains to Morty’s dad:
I don’t want to overstep my bounds or anything… but I’ll tell you how I feel about school, Jerry. It’s a waste of time. Buncha people running around, bumping into each other. Guy up front says, ‘two plus two.’ The people in the back say, ‘four.’ Then the—then the bell rings, and they give you a carton of milk and a piece of paper that says you can go take a dump or something. I mean, it’s not a place for smart people, Jerry.
This is all to say that kids who are not paying attention at school may be paying attention to the bubbling sentiment that school is not the best use of a kid’s time.
We also know that if you take an unmotivated kid out of school, they’ll become motivated to do something they want to do.But at first, your kid is traumatized from school and they’ll probably need time to decompress. What that’ll look like is different for each kid, but undoubtedly, it will drive parents crazy.
After the decompression time — maybe 3 months, maybe 5 months — your kid will find something to do. After all, he’s not going to stare at the wall. Whatever your kid does, he’ll start getting good at it, because we get good at stuff we spend a lot of time on.
Eventually, he’ll decide he wants a high school degree. So he’ll spend five months studying for the GED. Because it does not take four years of studying to get a GED. If your kid wants more than a high school degree then he’ll do more work. Maybe he’ll spend an extra year getting his act together before he goes to college. Look, Malia Obama took an extra year, so if it’s okay for her, it’s okay for your kid.
The most important thing is telling your kid that you trust him to find what he is interested in doing. Support him in whatever he wants to learn, and it’ll be as good or better than what he’d learn in school. And there is probably intrinsic value in a kid simply realizing their time is better spent away from school.
As Rick says: “School is stupid. It’s not how you learn things. Morty‘s a gifted child. He has a special mind. That’s why he’s my little helper. He’s like me. He’s gonna be doing great science stuff later in his life. He’s too smart for school.”