Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
— I can relate to this poem of reminiscing in the old days, but those golden days must fade to make more golden days. Most times when listening to elders talk of their golden years, it is mostly about when they were in school. But when ask, “Is school your Golden Years?” a teen would mostly say, “No!” But for more elderly people, they would say, “Yes.”
One of the reasons for teens saying this is because most of them want to either fast forward into adulthood or go back to a younger age. Sometimes your teens years are just all messed up and you don’t want anyone to know about it—family problems, economic problems, social statue problems, dating problems.
Another reason is friends. We make friends and we loose friends. Most of my friends don’t go to the same school as me. How is does this effect my education? It changes it because I’m not as social at school and have more time to get my work done. I still have fun and enjoy them, just don’t interact as much. You always see groups of friends talking to each at lunch.
Those friends that don’t want to be in school will do their best to get you to skip with them. I’ve got enough friends at the high school who try to talk me out of my education. You can skip school all you want and waste your time, but I’m not missing my education. And waste a nice chunk of education!
Tax payers pay money so you can go to school, so you can get an education, so you can get a job and pay taxes—A complete cycle. But there are a select few who say to tax payers, “Ha! I’m going to waste your money!” Well, it’s not just a select few… It’s a lot of them. I think the number is 25% of kids who won’t graduate.
But there are some friends who will help you do your work and stay in school.
—Timothy, Grade 10