Why No One Should Be in School Past 3rd Grade

Updated on March 19, 2020
Lauren Flauding profile image

Lauren is the author of 10 books, including the popular "Amplified" series, as well as numerous musicals.

How They Used to Tackle Education

The year is 1418. Phillip shows an interest in blacksmithing. At age 9 he obtains an apprenticeship with a master blacksmith. He learns by observing and taking part in the work. He masters the craft, opens his own shop and finds fulfillment in his work, eventually taking on apprentices of his own.

How We Tackle Education Now

The year is 2018. Dylan, at age 9, shows an interest in firefighting. He talks to his mom about it. She smiles and pats his head. He plays video games. Later that year he learns about space in school and decides he wants to be an astronaut. But upon discovering how selective the space program is and how minuscule his chances are, he abandons his newfound dream and consoles himself with video games. A few years later he becomes so stressed out over standardized testing that he comes home and is interested by nothing, which his mother thinks is at least an improvement over video games. In high-school he aspires to be a pro-football star and a news anchor with a hot-dog stand on the side. He prepares for these endeavors by playing video games. He graduates.

He goes to college and changes his major 4 times before finally ending up with international business management. After graduating from college armed with a shiny new college degree, he pursues many lofty job opportunities but is rejected from all of them on the grounds that he “lacks sufficient experience.” He feels that he is above other menial jobs, so he moves into his parent’s basement and plays video games.

After a year of wallowing in self pity and debt, he concludes that the answer must be more school, so he gets an MBA. Now with a more impressive degree, he sets out to find his dream job. He doesn’t. Mainly because he never really figured out what his dream job was, and instead filled his life with more aimless education and video games while he procrastinated real life decisions, etc. etc.

We need to remember that more school does not necessarily mean more education.
We need to remember that more school does not necessarily mean more education.

Breaking the Over-Schooling Cycle

I’m not saying that we should limit our educational opportunities. Surely the aspirations of a 9 year old will change as he grows up. And while job choices were limited in the Middle Ages, it didn’t stop people from contributing to society and feeling fulfilled with their work. In modern times we spend so much time thinking and theorizing about work that by the time it’s time to actually do the work, it feels unnatural and uncomfortable to us. Far from shaping a viable future, more schooling has only served to endlessly distract us from fulfilling any kind of purpose.

We have the unique advantage today to have accessibility to a vast amount of knowledge. The Internet and the resources found therein have far exceeded most things that we can learn in a classroom. We can educate ourselves in almost any subject. Compulsory schooling has become nothing more than a glorified prison to occupy children during the day and has turned capable teachers into glorified babysitters. Keeping children in school (and college) only serves to prolong their childhood as they procrastinate responsibility.

It would be far better to only go to school for a few years to learn the foundational principles of reading, writing and arithmetic, and then to get out into the world and apply ourselves. Get a good groundwork of knowledge and then educate ourselves by finding information on the Internet, in the library, in the community, or by working. And while it may not be favorable to have elementary school-aged children in the workforce because of those pesky child labor laws, there are an immense amount of opportunities available to them through volunteering or working for their parents. It would be so useful to institute an apprenticeship program so that students can get hands on experience in the real world. As for high-school or college aged students, there are so many opportunities that are far more educational than sitting in a classroom or lecture. Many of us have been conditioned to believe that the more school we go through means better chances for success. (In the board game LIFE, those who choose to go to college always fare better than those who don't.) While this holds true in many instances, we need to remember that more school does not necessarily mean more education.


For more resources related to this subject, read:

  • Weapons of Mass Instruction and Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
  • Better Than College by Blake Boles
  • How Children Learn by John Holt

Do You Think More Schooling Makes You More Successful?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Lauren Flauding profile imageAUTHOR

      Lauren Flauding 

      2 years ago from Sahuarita, AZ

      Thomas, I suppose that the best thing to do then is to learn about and apply many methods and practices, whether for education or religion, and find the ones that resonate best. We don’t have to believe what we’re told. If we make the effort to gather and experiment on different beliefs or theories, we have the ability to find out for ourselves.

    • profile image

      Thomas Waters 

      2 years ago

      THERE THOSE THAT BELIEVE RELIGION IS MANS GREATEST HOAX. OTHERS BELIEVE WE MAY HAVE BEEN PUT HERE BY ALIANS!!, we learn from our parents, schools, etc etc, but who really knows the truth, the bible was written, rewritten and rewritten, all by man, how many times has some one asked a holy man about God, Jesus, and never really got an answer that tells you the truth, no one can, its all down to beliefs, we are taught religion in school or by other sources, but again no one can tell about religion other than what you are taught, evidence seem very small on who we believe and who tells us, proof is definitely none existing, we must believe what we are told!!..... Thomas..........

    • Luke Holm profile image


      2 years ago

      Lauren, I agree, and I think you accomplished your task. I always wondered what a society would be like if people started working specifically toward their aptitudes at a much younger age. Thanks for the food for thought :)

    • Lauren Flauding profile imageAUTHOR

      Lauren Flauding 

      2 years ago from Sahuarita, AZ

      I would absolutely agree that education is important past 9 years old, I’m just saying that education doesn’t always have to happen in traditional schooling. A lot of my argument comes from the books listed at the end of the article, and yes, from my personal experience, not only from my own education, but also from teaching preschoolers, children and adults. I went through traditional schooling, graduated from college with a bachelors degree, loved my experiences, but realized that my education could have been obtained more efficiently and inexpensively outside of the traditional mold.

      The main argument here is to get kids and adults learning in an environment that’s more hands-on. That’s not to say that all traditional schooling is completely lecture driven or that all kids who learn through less conventional methods do so with solely hands-on projects. And yes, traditional schooling caters to some with specific aspirations or dispositions, but in large part education is more effective and powerful when learned through application and real world experience.

    • Luke Holm profile image


      2 years ago

      I think that more schooling does make one more successful. What does your research for this article look like? What kind of surveys have you given? Which demographics are you considering? Does your research apply to all student types and ethnicities? I feel like you are addressing what you've learned from personal experiences with education, and not education in general.

      Many students come to middle school unable to explain and elaborate upon a thesis. They don't know how to go deeper in their research. If students are dropping out at 9 years old, how do you develop their abstract thinking (which doesn't develop until middle school)? Education is still pretty important past 9 years old.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, soapboxie.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)