Education vs. The Pursuit of Art
The more I work on a video, a graphic, or a song, the more I feel that my high school career is irrelevant. What I mean is that I don’t feel that my Pre-AP Pre-Calculus and AP U.S. History classes are “supportive” in improving my skills as an artist.
In these two classes, most of the work is based on information from a textbook. How can I learn out of a textbook? Never, in my entire life, have I thought to myself: “Hey, this textbook is really helpful! I’m learning something!”
In contrast, I seem to be learning MORE from classes that DON’T use a textbook. Take my AP English III class. There is absolutely no textbook work done in that class. I feel that I’m learning more about how to write rhetorically more effectively then I could probably learn from a textbook (of course, that’s probably because we have an experienced and well-qualified English teacher). Even in my Mandarin Chinese class, just a fourth of the curriculum is from a textbook but I STILL feel like I’m learning. At least now, 我會說和看懂一點中文.
It’s not that I don’t appreciate the classes, it’s just that I feel they’re irrelevant to what I want to do in life. I remember reading something Henry David Thoreau once wrote. Something about putting down a book and taking a walk outside… What it means is that life must be experienced, not from a book. Somehow, I feel the same way.