Top 10 Worst Things About High School

Ten things you hate the most about high school in general.
The Top Ten
1 Homework

Funnily enough, some of our best leaders got by without getting the whole straight A's thing. They persevered and pursued something they wanted to do. No amount of homework was going to change them.

Grades don't matter if you think about it. They don't give you people/social skills, they don't teach you how to buy a house, how to have children, or any of the important stuff. Instead, we're stuck with: 'Find the volume, radius, and diameter of this soup can.' Screw that, it won't help you out in the wild or in any other part of life, and unless you're a dedicated student or someone who loves and craves homework, I say screw it.

Sometimes homework is excessive. There's a teacher in my high school who made us team up and create a PowerPoint about IRREGULAR VERBS. But not all the irregular verbs - no, that would have had some kind of sense. She made us create a PowerPoint about specific verbs she gave us. LAME!

Of course, not every teacher does that (thank God), but sometimes the homework is DAMN overlong. I mean, sometimes our math teacher sends us a lot of homework with lots of sub-exercises. Come on! We want free time!

And sometimes, we just don't have time, and teachers can't understand it! Damn! If I spend my weekend out of the house (in another house, with my fathers), it's obvious I can't do homework!

And what about holiday homework? Man... THEY'RE HOLIDAYS! It's a time when we can just relax about school and do nothing!

Well, that was long. I could go on, because I've got a lot of complaints, but you get my drift.

2 Bitchy popular girls

Being harassed by popular girls was my problem. I didn't understand why I would be singled out. I was very shy, wore glasses, didn't bother anyone, didn't date, didn't wear makeup - just went to school. Four years of what? Well, coming into my own in my early twenties, I realized I was quite attractive. In many ways, I'm glad I grew up humble and down to earth. You meet real people that way and can identify the fake ones. By the way, it's sad because for many of these girls, that was and will be the pinnacle of their lives.

Does anyone else feel the urge to kick one of these girls in the uterus every time you see them? Because they infuriate me to no end! Okay, don't actually do that in real life, but they sure make me want to. I see no reason for their existence, as all they do is whine like they have PMS 365 days a year. As for nerds and geeks, well, they're awesome!

Oh, I despise them so much. Last year, this preppy, stuck-up girl would talk about me and my friends behind our backs. She was insecure too. She couldn't leave the house without at least 100 pounds of makeup because it made her "prettier" than the other girls. I prefer natural beauty over a "cakeface."

3 Waking up Monday mornings

I genuinely really like high school, don't get me wrong. But it's massively flawed. One of the biggest flaws about high school is having to wake up at 6:55 AM and being rushed by parents to get ready. I'm so sick and tired of it, and what's even worse is that Math is usually our first subject on a Monday. And I freaking hate math!

Bloody hell, I find waking up any earlier than 10:45 to be toxic and intolerable. On the off chance I wake up that early, I can't get out of bed until at least 11:30. The fact that my school starts at 7:10 means I have to get up at 5:00 and leave by 6:10 in order to get to school by 6:50. The garbage collectors aren't even up yet.

Mondays suck. You wake up early, brush your teeth, and wish your parents had never made you. Well, that's what I do. I step into school and say I hate everything because school is a negative environment.

4 Bullies

I'm not kidding. There are two special needs kids at my school who, since they know they have special needs, can get away with anything. The two of them are twins as well, so they could beat down another kid, take their money and other valuables, and then fall to the ground screaming bloody murder, and the kid they bullied gets suspended. They have actually spit, kicked, punched, etc., other kids, and no one does jack. I have disorders called Tourette's syndrome and OCD, but I would never bully another kid.

The next group of people I have to deal with is the populars. They act like they are kings and queens before the Magna Carta was signed, doing whatever they want, whenever they want. There's even this one popular kid at my school who is such a jerk to unpopular kids, especially when they are considered different, but when a popular girl is around, he sugar coats it so he can "get some". What's sad is kids like me are put under the "unpopular" category because we're intelligent, we have disorders, we wear glasses, we're not in PERFECT shape, or we do not own a gun. There is even a teacher at my school who is a bully and gives kids essays for sneezing in class. When I get bullied and report it to a teacher, they do nothing, so I have to either deal with it or fight back, and when I or someone else takes action against the bully, they treat the bully better than the person or persons they were bullying.

5 Bad teachers

My biology teacher is a great example. He hardly teaches anything, only gives us packets, worksheets, and notes to take, full of information that we have to teach ourselves because his lessons are useless. He constantly rants at the class and gets angry even if somebody gets an answer wrong when called on. Speaking of getting called on, he pretty much only selects the shy kids and the "bad" kids to speak, so me, being the shyest person and having a C in his class, for some reason gets me called on a lot. He is so hateful to me for whatever reason. It's honestly kind of sad. Some teachers are just the worst.

Some teachers I've had were good, but of all the three school systems, high school is definitely the worst. Some of the teachers I've ever had have absolutely no business teaching in the slightest. Sadly, there's really not much you can do as nobody in high school remotely cares anyway, and the school board probably doesn't either. Now, having a reasonably bad teacher is one thing, but having a bad teacher that won't even take the time to talk to you is another. I give respect to most of my teachers, but the ones that are bad and uncaring are just infuriating people.

6 Tests/quizzes

All I ever do in high school is take notes, complete worksheets, and constantly take tests. And God forbid if I flunk just one test, I will be absolutely tortured for it, and then it'll take me 50 million worksheets to bring my grade back up.

Teachers say you have to study, but I've taken a few tests where absolutely nothing was legitimately covered that well. Most of my classwork results in very low grades, so if you fail just one test, you can go from a 100 to a C or even D, and then it takes forever to bring the grade back up.

The worst is when the teacher calls the names up to the front to receive the exams, and you can't breathe and your heart is beating because you know you failed it...

7 Access denied websites

When I was in middle school (I went to one school for sixth and eighth grade and another one I hated in seventh grade because my family moved out of state), this was a problem for me. I wanted to go onto YouTube to listen to music, and it was blocked. And even when I used another network, it was restricted, and I couldn't play ANY song I liked. Suburban Train was restricted even though there ARE NO LYRICS! At my high school, it's a LOT better. Barely any website I like is blocked.

My 6th and 8th grade school and my 7th grade school had tons of access denied websites. I couldn't even use YouTube (except in 6th grade) to listen to music. I found a way to use YouTube in 8th grade to listen to music, but it was on restricted mode, and I couldn't find most songs I liked. In my high school, there aren't as many restrictions, which is great.

You do know that you can play emulated games like Sonic Adventure or Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire on your laptop during recess at school, right? And at the end of the school year, you get to bring handheld video game consoles, so... yeah. Those principals who ban games like Minecraft really need to reconsider.

8 Too much responsibility and pressure to do well when all you want to do is have fun

I seriously feel like passing out when I see my grades because I feel like I will become a homeless person. Why does college look at how much homework I did in 4 years of high school? Can't they look at test scores and how many extracurriculars I'm taking, or something else? Why aren't 14-17-year-olds allowed to enjoy themselves a little, have free time instead of studying, and finish homework all night?

Preschool - Basically, everyone gets to learn and do crap while having fun at the same time.
Elementary School - Learning is still fun, and you get lots of recess.
Middle School - Stuff gets boring, and recess is removed.
High School - All the pressure and responsibility start to kick in.

Mess up once, you lose.

You can only be a teenager once. High school may enrich the experience of being a teen by surrounding you with friends and peers. However, there is an immense deal of social, academic, and in some cases, sexual pressure. When all you want to do is stay home and watch TV, you're forced to go out and feel tons of pressure. When you just want to go to school and talk to other kids, the whole "social ladder" stabs you in the back and dictates who you should talk to. When you just want to go to a school dance without being pressured by the grinding "tradition," you realize that unless you want to be shunned and labeled as uncool, you can't say no! And when you just want to hang out with your squad, you realize you are failing a class and need to study because you just bombed a quiz. GET THE POINT? HIGH SCHOOL IS TOO HIGH PRESSURE! In middle school, you feel social stress; in college, you feel academic stress. In high school, you are presented with both! Like seriously? It shouldn't be like this. High school ruins the teenage years and dictates the lives of America's youth!

9 Annoying classmates

There are plenty of these in the schools I went to, including my current one. There were a few in my elementary school. In the school I attended for 6th and 8th grade, there were a ton of annoying kids in my grade, especially many of the more extroverted girls and most of the boys (the reason I was friends with pretty much none of them was that they weren't genuinely friendly). I was at an all-girls school in 7th grade, so pretty much everyone in the grade was annoying and dramatic. I currently attend an all-girls high school. There are a ton of annoying and basic kids there, and I have very different interests from pretty much everyone in my school.

I'm in eighth grade, and this really ticks me off. The rate of boys in my grade seems to be growing exponentially, as my less than stellar math teacher would say. They scope out people, usually girls, and act as obnoxious as possible until they get a satisfying reaction. I guess they think it's funny, which I would understand if they were seven years old. This problem isn't exclusive to boys. Girls can be just as bad, if not worse. Some of the girls in my grade are so irritating, especially when they're caught up in the constantly pursuing stench of drama. A few of my friends get involved in that on occasion.

10 Wannabe gangsters

Please pull your pants up and speak in coherent sentences.

"Brrt, skeet skeet! I got these pants from Gucci for free!" (Proceeds to Fortnite dance to Lil Pump)

They're just as bad as true gangsters.

The Contenders
11 Teachers, principals, and other school authorities tell students to respect them but they are very abusive

One time, when I was in sixth grade, this assistant principal was lecturing us during lunch (about what, I don't remember. Probably our behavior) and she was standing on the bench (you know, the ones attached to the tables) right near the kindergartners. She was standing on a bench that she knows darn well she would not allow one of the kids to stand on. *facepalm*

When my teacher tells my class to be quiet, she SCREAMS, and she tells us that we're being rude when we're eavesdropping on her conversations, but she eavesdrops on ours. And what I hear them saying about us behind their backs is VERY rude. I really want to print this comment section and shove it in my teacher's smug face. Ugh.

Teacher: Gary, be quiet, or DETENTION!
Gary: Ok.
(5 mins later Gary sees a teacher go up to another teacher)
T1: Hi Bob, did you watch episode 5 of Pretty Little Liars?
T2: Oh my gosh, yes, I can't believe that happened!
T1: Totally, let's get Carl into this. HEY CARL!
T3: Hey guys, talking about Pretty Little Liars?
T2: Heck yeah.


12 You get in trouble but you did nothing wrong

This annoys me. I go to the lesson and I didn't do anything wrong because the teacher said that as well, but then I'm expected to stay after class. That is total bull! I have no time to waste like that. I'm a busy person.

I think it's really bad about this...

What's wrong with that?

13 When people get neglected just because they are different in some way

This does happen to me constantly, even though I'm in good shape, near perfect health, and very smart. But simply because I am shy, serious about school, help out friends when they need me, and don't like "cool" students who purposely make other kids feel bad, I am neglected and treated as an outsider, just because I like to play the good guy.

I have friends in school, but I have barely anything in common with ANYONE. And a lot of times when I try to talk, they keep talking with my other tablemates. I hate it so much, and I think I need to learn to be more assertive. Plus, in freshman year, I was rarely included by my friends at school.

I'm shorter than average and shy, but I'm also smart. My grades are excellent. I'm sick of being an outcast just because I am so quiet! And the stupid popular girls think I'm deaf because today, two were laughing at me. So I turned around and gave them the "I heard that!" stare.

14 Wannabe rappers

I've seen my share of preppy white boys as wannabe rappers. It's bad. Really bad.

Hey, hey, hey, hey, what's up everybody, stand up, stand up. I'm rapping right now, and this is very stupid.

Look! I'm going to start rubbing my hands and attempt to sing the lyrics to a Drake song because he's cool.

15 The popularity list

I'm an outcast because the popularity list for boys is like this:

- Play at least 3 sports
- Own a sports car
- Have a hot girlfriend
- Have muscles

I'm not even CLOSE to these standards, which is what I hate, considering the fact that I'm the class clown (in a good way).

I'm popular, but I hang out with the less popular kids. One of them told a story about how their 9th-grade Algebra teacher liked the super popular kids, but hated the kids like him.

I don't understand why anyone would care about popularity. Really, I'd be perfectly happy with just one or two really good friends, but I don't even have those.

16 Drama

Oh, my God! I had this "friend" who used to come to my school. There were times when we were cool and others very bad (I'm going to talk about the bad stuff).

We got into more than one, two, or three arguments. Whenever I had to deliver some bad news, she would take them way too seriously and have a huge meltdown, especially when I brought up bad news that could be fixed (Example: Trouble with her siblings or being bullied). One time, my dad and I had a little talk about a disagreement she and I had. And he said to stay away from her if the behavior continues.

The following day, she started running up to me and said she needed to talk to me. I told her that I couldn't be near her anymore. And she started to throw a massive fit. Drama truly sucks.

I told my friend I liked this one girl, and he couldn't keep that one secret for me. In math, we split into groups of 12 for different stations, and he told his whole group. Next thing I know, everyone is pressuring me to ask her out. And I am the shy type too. Everyone is trying to push us together (literally). It is annoying, and I hate it.

17 Bad words

Yeah, like when someone forces me to say the full, actual bad word myself, that's really annoying. Like in freshman year (15 years old, 2013), when Christina wanted me to say the F word, I clearly spoke up about not wanting to say that word, and my geography teacher supported me. Problem solved. But in sophomore year (16 years old, 2014), Alejandra kept asking me infinite times to say the bad words the bullies said, but I refused. She said, "Please tell me because I am your best friend," and she kept asking me the same question continuously until the bell rang. So annoying...

Literally the first day of my time in high school, kids I'd known for years broke out entirely and were swearing like their life depended on it. I don't get it. I swear if I'm in pain or just in annoying situations, but these kids were doing three curse words at a time. It was awful.

I hate when the students curse. They think that cursing makes them cool. The students will never say a sentence without cursing. It aggravates me very much.

18 Druggies

I got in trouble one time because they were smoking next to me when I was walking to class, and I got suspended when they tried to give me some. Keep in mind, I'm an honors student, so the five-day suspension that made my GPA drop from a 4.5 to a 3.67 from missing class gives me some bias to this question.

I've seen some students smoking weed or vaping at the marketplace just outside my school, or at parties. First of all, I'm ashamed that many people are fine with this, and secondly, it's sad that these people are essentially ruining their futures.

They're a waste of space. Send them to rehab, not school.

19 People with disabilities get picked on

I've got autism. People picked on me in 6th grade like crazy! I'm in high school now, but people still talk trash about autism. They say stuff to each other like "stop being autistic." I'm surprised that I survived middle school without committing suicide. Things have gotten a lot better for me. My only problem is fitting in. People don't exclude me, but I don't like how anyone acts anymore. I don't like what makes people cool in high school. I just have a problem with the way the world rotates.

I have minor learning disabilities and problems with memory due to my epilepsy. In middle school & high school, most of the teachers refused to accommodate me, acted like I was an inconvenience and didn't deserve to have their attention at all. Some of the teachers actively ridiculed me, gave me assignments that were too difficult for me to complete, talked down to me, and basically just made my life hell. I was ecstatic to graduate from high school in 2011.

20 Homophobia

There's this affinity group at my school which is for people on the LGBT+ spectrum or those who support it (I'm in it because I'm asexual). We heard from the leaders of the group (all affinity groups are student-led) that during prom season before I came to the school, some girls (it's an all-girls school) submitted a petition for students to be allowed to bring a same-gender date to the dance to the assistant head of school for student affairs and one of the sisters (my school is affiliated with the Sisters of Mercy, which is ironic because I'm an atheist). They rejected it. However, they didn't leave completely empty-handed because they were told that students can at least attend alone now. That's great for me because I don't want a date to prom (or any dance for that matter), but it still seems a little homophobic, if you ask me.

I go to a religious school and, thankfully, this kind of behavior doesn't really happen here. Most are accepting of different sexual orientations and genders, or the lack thereof. Still, I hear kids (mostly the younger ones) making jokes about it as if it's funny and cool to do so - and I'm like, "STOP." It's so stupid and horrible, especially when they pretend to be innocent once I confront them.

21 Racism

I feel way too lucky to not experience any racism in my high school (so far), and I shouldn't feel lucky at all. Judge people by their actions and intentions, not by the color of their skin. No one has any control over their race. How would you feel if you were shunned just because your skin color isn't the same as everyone else's? You'd be pissed off, right?

Based on my experiences at secondary school, there were always cliques who picked on other ethnicities, mostly Asian. One of my best friends constantly got called a 'dirty paki' by this cesspool of racists. These individuals undoubtedly adopted half of these opinions from their parents.

Despite the fact that numerous friends of this guy had told teachers of these insults, more often than not, they would go off with no more than a measly warning. They were likely to do it again in the future. Racist supremacists suck.

Racism is the stupidest thing in history. If you're discriminating based on the color of someone's skin, you might as well be discriminating based on the color of someone's eyes. News flash to all you KKK black-hating scumbags out there: we are all the same species, and your demented ideology is enough to make Jesus throw up.

22 The teachers

I had one strict teacher in grades 10 and 11 who would get mad at me for trivial reasons. It was awful.

My humanities teacher is strict. She always shouts at us and has never EVER been nice to us.

23 Finals

Basically, schools figuring out a way to make the end of the year much less fun.

A.K.A. the reason why so many students drop out of high school.

24 Bratty kids getting special attention from the teachers

In my English class, there are these boys (and a couple of girls) that are pretty mischievous. They talk when my teacher is trying to teach, yet the kids who make all the noise give us "good kids" a look and make us feel like crap. They get all the attention while we get NOTHING. Some of us (including me) feel like we're invisible or something. There was this one time when my teacher called on me to answer a question about the book we were reading, but before I could say the answer, some girl interrupted me. My teacher told her to be quiet and marked off points (I think it was -5 or something).

In my math class, there are also a couple of annoying kids (one of them being a girl). The girl makes way too many comments when my teacher is saying something. She doesn't even listen whenever he tells her to be quiet.

In 6th grade, all the cool kids would get the most attention for all the "good things" they did. On Wednesdays, we would have an assembly where two students would get the dean's list (or awards). Most of the kids who got in trouble would get on the dean's list. But when I haven't done anything bad, I get about no shoutouts or dean's list for the things I did. I even got a 97 or 99% on my science test once, and I got no dean's list or shoutouts. I hate this generation.

25 Animal abuse in some schools

There is nothing worse than animal abuse in any situation. Whoever does this and enjoys it deserves to become homeless bums and burn in hell for the rest of eternity. I'm passionate about wildlife.

I can't stand animal cruelty/abuse. It really shocks me and breaks my heart. I know I'm an animal lover, but that is disgusting.

Animal abuse is terrible, but where are you going to see it in a school?

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