Dear Cleveland by Kiersten from North Olmsted High School

Dear Cleveland, I’m a high schooler from North Olmsted and I have concerns about the education system tearing kids apart. My whole life, high expectations were thrown upon me, and […]

April 13, 2018 // EYEJ // No Comments //

Dear Cleveland,

I’m a high schooler from North Olmsted and I have concerns about the education system tearing kids apart. My whole life, high expectations were thrown upon me, and I’ve broken my back to have pristine report cards in advanced classes. My cycle of living is from home to school to back every day. I retire in my room spending hours fumbling over chemistry equations or French grammar or integral equations. I’ve lived my life working towards college and I haven’t had time to live life enjoying every moment.

This year we were introduced to transcendentalism, individual thought and self-reliance, having to “suck the marrow our of life” it intrigues me being told how to live my life outside a box of constant routine to discover more about myself and the world around me. Being forced out of my self-established conformity and challenged to use these skills to stand up and turn everything around. I’d hope for my fellow students and I to understand that individual self-reliance established by Emerson decades ago and learn how to live life. Too often are we stuck in a constant cycle always looking to be better tomorrow. It would be to the benefit of individuals and communities to be educated on living life to the fullest rather than taught how to make money and gain positions. I hope someone hears this out and can assist. For everyone to live happily and see past their own nose we can hope to find the creativity to make our lives full and more influential for all. I want to seize the day and collaborate alongside all. Hear our voice to break this cycle, hear our hopes to see the world more clearly, and we could hear the chants and ideas for social change.

Regards,

Kiersten

North Olmsted High School