Petri–Some Things I Think I Think: On Being ‘PSP’


“Information is not knowledge” _Albert Einstein

 We always hear the stories, how the kids in CAS get to go on all the special field trips and get all the hard work and learn all the best things. And then about the PSP kids, who never get homework, and whose work is easy and nothing special. But in truth I don’t think that the segregation of the knowledge classes is about who is smart and who is “stupid”, but rather the weak willed and the lazy. Kids in CAS aren’t actually in there because they are “smart” but because they apply themselves. They turn in all their work, they go home and do their homework and pass all their tests. And the kids in PSP aren’t “dumb”, they just simply don’t apply themselves and would rather live life than live for school (and that’s not a good thing). But there are the few people like me.

 I am a PSP student and the reason I’m in here is –in my mind- because I am too smart for CAS (probably not though), but mostly because I don’t turn in my homework. But I don’t let that get in the way of me learning on my own. I actually spent every night in 8th grade sitting up till midnight on my laptop looking up the highly controversial concepts of the illuminati or the advanced teachings of Neitzche. I spent my 9th grade lunches in the library (before it was closed to the public) reading books about politics and poetry.

This venture into educational nirvana started when I read a book called “The Catcher in the Rye.” After I read that I decided that I wouldn’t let the educational system get in the way of me learning the things I want to learn. And so I started to “un-school” myself.

Sitting around the algebra level math class right now reminds me that we are treated like babies. I was just given a 10 minute lesson on how to find out the probability of getting a 6 on an 8 sided “spinning wheel”. I feel like I would do well in some of the CAS classes and that I would actually also prefer them (like civics and reading), but it seems too hard to try to transfer into these classes. I mean, the current system is that your parents have to call, and after I heard that I just stopped listening to the teacher I asked. You see; if I asked my dad to call the school to see if I could get into a CAS class he would yell and tell me, “If you can’t keep your grade up in your current classes, how should I expect you to keep up in advanced classes?!” and that would be the end of the conversation.

 So on one side of this I do want to be in a few C.A.S classes sure, but I also feel like if I did, I would stop trying to learn on my own, and if I joined the machine I call C.A.S, I just might .