There is the opinion that school prepares children for the "real world". I disagree.
First of all, children are often forced to go to school against their
will. Then they are forced to associate with the children in their
classes, lunch hour, and recess. Their lives are put on a schedule of
when to wake, eat, use the restroom, and sleep that requires they ignore
their body's signals for what it needs.
In the name of teaching responsibility and maturity these children are
forced to act like little adults. They are robbed of the period in their
lives when being irresponsible and immature teaches their opposites
naturally, before the harsh consequences of adulthood.
in the "real world", however, have a choice in everything they do. If
they don't want to wake early, they can choose not to take an 8-5 job
(if they choose to work for someone else at all). If someone is
harassing them, they can choose not to associate with them. If, at any
point in any situation, they want to leave they are free to do so. They
can choose what to eat, when to sleep, to listen to their body or not.
Yes, there are negative consequences to certain actions or inactions,
but the choice is still theirs to make.
So in actuality the
"real world" of adulthood looks nothing like the forced world of school.
Quite the opposite. I know there are some reading who will think, "I
don't have the choice of x,y,or z." and to those of you I say I am sorry
someone has convinced you of that. I am sorry someone led you to
believe there are limited choices or opportunities in the world. It
simply isn't true.