My sister finished her leaving cert today, and went straight to Aldi to buy some strong, cheap lager. I can’t even remember how I felt when I finished my exams last year, but I remember the drinking afterwards
If it was such a big deal though, why don’t I remember it? I remember the year ok, because it was great, and I remember the jitters I had the night before the first exam, I remember the sunshine, and I remember the calm I felt for the whole week, but about how it felt to be finished, not a thing. Maybe it’s just because I didn’t give a fuck. I’m pretty sure my sister felt the same way.
But even though I finished with a high mark, I have a sneaking suspicion that I really haven’t learnt a thing. With all the hype around the supposed stress, I think people tend to ignore the fact that we have an educational system that is little more than a factory for future workers (or more specifically, college students who will become workers). Is that the function of education in a responsible society?