You wake up at 5 AM with your alarm blaring into your ear.
There is nothing to look forward to which motivates you to get out of bed, besides the fact that school is mandatory. You're exhausted from 5 hours of homework the previous day.
None of your classes are your passion.
Math, English, French, who cares? It is hard and time-consuming. Every day is the same routine. The brain is wired to only think hard when it is very much needed. School? Not so much..
It takes a lot of effort to think.
Cramming all that information in your head for exams and forgetting it right after. Then you're screwed for final exams unless you remember legitimately everything you've learned that year.
You don't like your teacher.
They don't care about your grades. You don't like your classmates who are too loud and smell. Maybe there's one class you enjoy. Art, Java, Drama, Orchestra, Spanish, whatever. It will pick you up in the middle of the day. But then it is straight back to classes. Lunch is 20 minutes and then you go home to be drowned in yet more work.
Homework is just classwork at HOME.
Teachers don't care if you're depressed, sick, grieving, stressed, anorexic, poor, abused, in pain, or anything. Hour after hour of homework until you're sleeping at 3 am. Sometimes it isn't even worth it. Who cares about exams? About grades? Just party and drink your problems away.
There is a reason students turn to alcohol, drugs, sex, self harm, fighting, etc. Maybe your parents are getting divorced. Maybe your brother just died. Maybe you were just diagnosed with an STD. Maybe you are pregnant. Maybe you have OCD. Maybe you're mum just committed suicide. Maybe your dad lost his job and you're struggling to pay the bills and have something to eat at dinner every night. But no, you still have to go to school every single day and learn things that won't help in the real world.
There are a few exceptions. Some schools are interactive and fun. Some students love to go to school. Some teachers are gems and care genuinely about their job and the students. Some kids have perfect home lives. Maybe you're rich, happy, loved, healthy, and innocent. Maybe school isn't hell for you. Maybe you're popular. Maybe you're not the bullied loser at school. Maybe you're attractive, confident, intelligent. That's good for you. But 44% of college students in the US have symptoms of depression and may contemplate suicide. 80% of them have symptoms of anxiety.
You get through every day with loud music blasting in your headphones, a joint in one hand and a cup of booze in the other. You pick fights with people to let out your anger and now you're labelled a troublemaker. Maybe you eat the stress away and now kids taunt you for being overweight. Maybe you try hard and put your all in school. Now you're a nerd, a try hard. It isn't hard to imagine this life, because it is the truth for millions. That's why so many kids don't like school. No, they aren't 'rebellious teens' or 'lazy.'
There is a problem with the education system when schools care more about skirt lengths, gum, and Wikipedia for homework than education. Studies show that teen suicide spikes when school is in session. I wonder the reason?
[almost made this anon because of the possible backlash. But it's all true so here I am]