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School, a chance to explore or a chance to conform?

I am currently a high school junior and growing up everyone always said the high school years are the best of your life. However, I could not disagree more with that. In school, I have one class that I actually learn something in and the rest is just review for me and I'm simply bored out of my mind I just want to get out of the four walls of school and learn outside of when the civil war happened or the present tense conjugation of leer or read Robert Frost for the millionth time. Personally, when I get bored I selectively choose not to do anything I'm not forced to do and of course that lands me in heaps of trouble because I turn around and I'm failing a class that I'm "good in". Let's take the current English example, we start a new semester and we're not learning anything we just sit there until the idiots and fools understand (a problem with having the honors and regular kids in the same class). When they finally do understand we sit as the teacher goes over something I learned years ago but has never even been mentioned seemingly to anyone else. So my question is what am I exploring, what is so wonderful about it? My feelings are that the production of C students is on the rise because no one cares enough to produce anything better therefore you just have kids fitting a mold instead of breaking it. While I recognize something like K12 as an option, most parents don't and refuse to let their child participate in something like that besides the fact that they are literally suffering in school, this could be because they are super artsy, want to explore, are bored or are just too smart or like me are a deadly combo of all of those things. Every parent gives their own reasons for example, socializing or my dad's favorite "online school isn't perfected yet".

Thoughts and experiences encouraged.

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  • Jan 29 2013: CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS COMMENT!
    business( probably on etsy) and I need for the sake of my soul to get out of my own head. Look the problem isn't that I don't know what I want to do (to some degree) it's that I've got no one to back me up on this journey and I don't know if you guys know how difficult it is to try and change your life and enlighten it and be happy when you have no one to back you up. Some people have said oh you should supplement your own education, why do you think I'm on TED instead of Facebook? Someone mentioned getting the course outlines from my teachers and working ahead and that sounds exactly like what i'm going to do because that could help me a TON and I don't know why that never occurred to me, so big thanks to whoever said that! Ummm TED lover, this may sound a bit strange but is there any chance at all that I could possibly get your email or something so that we could talk even after this conversation is over because you seem to understand what I'm going through and I would appreciate it if I could have someone in like you in my corner as I start to write a new chapter in the book of my life. If not that's totally cool because I understand the strangeness of the question, but I would really appreciate it.
    Big thanks to everyone for all your comments, keep commenting and posting opinions,
    Melia

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