Students should see school as a luxury


Sui Par

Sui Par, Reporter

Students in the U.S. don’t realize how lucky and fortunate they are to be able to attend school. According to, 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the U.S every year.

I believe they should take education more seriously unless there are life impacting events that prohibit them from continuing their education. Anyone can attend school if they really want to. All students are required to do is be in class for around seven hours and do the assignments. Going to college is different, but students should complete and strive to excel in high school.

It’s sad seeing my classmates come to school and witness them skipping classes, not completing the homework that’s due, sleeping in class and having their headphones in their ears while a teacher is speaking.

If students are  dropping out because of academic difficulties or just don’t like the thought of going to school at all, they’re not thinking about their future. Without a high school diploma, finding a job would be difficult which would result in a tough life. Having little to no education at all means a poor career and a poor future.

Other people around the globe don’t have this kind of luxury to even think about getting their education. A lot of people would kill to switch places and be in their shoes instead.

Students here are far from surviving academically in undeveloped countries like Myanmar, where rules are more strict and expectations are higher. Compared to being given ISS or OSS, teachers use physical force as a punishment in Myanmar if they’re misbehaving or not doing a task that they are assigned to do.

Believe it or not, there are people out there who actually love learning and attending school. So, what’s the problem? They can’t go whether they want to or not.

According to, the average adult receives only 2.8 years of schooling in Myanmar compared to 12 in the U.S. This circumstance is caused by many events like the military coup and lack of financing.

The elite in Myanmar thought that education was dangerous to their control so they shut down and reopened the universities as they pleased. These situations prevent citizens from going anywhere close to a school.

Another problem that prevents students from getting their education in Burma is that the resources are often outdated which aren’t as useful. Also, parents are expected to pay an annual fee and they’re nowhere close to having that kind of money.

In the U.S., the government provides everything like transportation. That’s not the case in Myanmar. They have to walk to their destination despite the weather. Also, the schools there don’t provide food for anyone. As a result, they walk back home to eat their lunch and go back to the school.

Next time you dare to complain about how much you hate school, just don’t forget about those out there who would love to live the life you’re living.