Should I be angry that I never had any sciences in school?

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11 May 2013, 12:30 pm

I often focus on it and get full of anger - so much that often I bang my hand against a wall. Happens every time I see a reference to scientific subjects, though more often if it's just their generic name (e.g. 'chemistry', which I actually found last year to be rather interesting when reading about it on my own - I would have probably latched onto it and became really interested if only I had it in secondary school. But, no, why... school is compulsory, right? A compulsory waste of time, right... with the little time left I could try to read an encyclopedia, but by then I'm already tired of all the abuse both at school and at home).

Oh, and by the way... it just so happened that physics was introduced to the class just after mine, i.e. people a year younger than me. Well, s**t happens, right? I always seem to miss things by a tiny fraction, whatever dimension (according to chaos theory, after all, I could have possibly invented time travel and become a universe-famous physicist... IF ONLY I WASN'T f*****g FORCED TO LISTEN TO SHITTY JOKES BY THE ITALIAN TEACHER WHO NEVER ACTUALLY TAUGHT ANY ITALIAN, TALKS OF MARTIAL ARTS BY THE ENGLISH TEACHER (since that's all the students wanted him to do, which he gladly obliged) AND CONSTANT BERATEMENT BY THE MATHS TEACHER. Oh, and by the way, in primary school I think I remember there once being a generic science subject which I was enjoying and doing quite well in... until they, of course, scrapped it... and introduced home economics or some f**k instead.

Oh, but I know anger isn't so good for my health... but what exactly can I do, now that I'm all broken and educationally screwed, with every instance of the pursuit of interests a reminder of my past forced shittiness?

Okay, </rant>...



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13 May 2013, 7:24 pm

Hey, I'm mad that we don't get any decent computer classes in my school. My solution: self-teaching. When you have free time, just look around on the Internet for some good resources and soak 'em in. School isn't really the best environment to learn things anyway.


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16 May 2013, 12:57 pm

Read popular science magazines. Or, if it's still too advanced for you, begin by reading non-fiction books from kid section of libariries, some books give introductions to concepts not even taught in K-12 schools. Watch documentaries too.



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16 May 2013, 2:09 pm

No, you shouldn't be angry. Think of it as an opportunity: if you haven't previously been exposed to many sciences, then there are that many new and exciting things out there for you to learn.



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18 Jun 2013, 7:52 pm

Not much point in being angry. How about doing something about it? You can check out coursera.org, which is a group offering free online courses. You could also check out science DVDs from the library. In this day and age, you can learn anything you want to; there are many resources.



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22 Jun 2013, 8:40 am

I suspect you are always going to be angry about your school experience. So now I'm going to talk stupid because I am stupid and it probably won't matter. You have some years of life between then and now. Stuff happens. Now is a moving target. Eventually, your high school experience is going to be a blip in your life. It will still make you angry, but it will be blip, and does not have to define you. you can do something now. It may not seem like it is enough. You may be frustrated that what you want from your life is not what is the reality now. Many years from now, you will look back between then and now, and maybe still think it isn't enough, but in reality, by doing something now, and always pursuing it, you will in fact be so much more. If one is luck, one can find wonder in the world, and there is so much wonder in science.

See. I told you it was stupid. I excel at pointless and stupid.

I sincerely wish you well.



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27 Jun 2013, 1:38 pm

Well, I would be! Science is one of my favourite subjects, especially biology and chemistry. It's quite shocking that your school didn't have mandatory science courses. The education system really is screwed :? Most of my high school classes were completely a waste of time. Honestly, self-taught learning is the way to go.
But as others have said, there's no better time to start learning than now! And when you learn independently, you get to choose what topics you like and focus on them, instead of having to learn things you find boring.



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20 Jul 2013, 10:57 pm

The best revenge is success if you are angry. I was frustrated for a long time about the rigor of math and physics courses I had in highschool, so it motivated me to master the entire undergrad curriculum in math.



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08 Aug 2013, 4:40 am

What kind of high school doesn't have math and science required? Chemistry, physics, and biology were all mandatory in my high school, although completely watered down. But it's not too late to learn -- MIT, Harvard, and some other schools have free online classes - for no actual college credit, of course. I'm planning to use MIT OpenCourseWare to prepare myself for an upcoming calculus course.