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I Must Be Lazy

I only participate in one sport and club, neither of which I am the head of. I must be lazy.

I only take one AP class this year. I must be lazy.

After school I enjoy watching the news or reading a book, rather than studying or doing all of my homework. I must be lazy.

I often get lost during spanish, analyzing the globe that is strategically placed near my desk. I must be lazy.

I’ve never had an all night study session because I prefer to go to sleep, I must be lazy.

Last year I went to a concert the night before a test. I must be lazy.

I prefer to learn spanish by watching a movie or reading the news rather than complete worksheets and fill in vocabulary sheets. I must be lazy.

Math class bores me. I must be lazy.

I try to take as little time as possible to do homework. I must be lazy.

I make it a priority to think and analyze history rather than memorize it. I must be lazy.

During class I think about everything but class. I must be lazy.

I hate school. I must be lazy.

We must end the notion that people who don’t put their hearts and soul into school are lazy. Instead we must realize that for many people it is impossible to put their heart and soul into a system they feel doesn’t help them learn and doesn’t let them follow their passions.

The frustrated kids who realize that learning is more than what school makes it out to be. . . they aren’t lazy, they just have better things to do. Let their minds wander. School can be different.

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24 thoughts on “I Must Be Lazy

  1. I love this!!
    Check out my blog (creativitytoday.wordpress.com) for examples of creative activities you can do whenever you feel yourself diverting from the task you are supposed to be completing.

    Posted by Zoe | December 5, 2012, 7:29 pm
  2. How I feel about this is I am a student before anything else. What you are saying is that others want to be as lazy as possible.

    Posted by Omar Adi | December 6, 2012, 11:56 am
  3. You are not lazy if you don’t care about school. But you are lazy if you don’t do your homework for days at a time because you don’t want to that is lazy. Everyone is unique not everyone loves school like most people do!!

    Posted by Olivia Weston | December 6, 2012, 11:59 am
  4. I don’t think anyone could possibly be lazy. just people have different standards therefor there is no lazy, in my opinion, so in my standards you aren’t lazy at all my obese yellow lab is lazy for any standards at least you take the time to go to school.

    Posted by Isaak Holcomb | December 6, 2012, 3:37 pm
  5. You are not lazy, at least you do things extra, some people just do the bare minimum.

    Posted by Garret May | December 6, 2012, 3:53 pm
  6. I agree with this statement. I think that in some ways people will make you out to be lazy. Not everyone learns the same way, I think some people need to understand that. Here at my school, we do offer different ways to learn, some may not be people’s favorites but school is something we have to do. Everyone has different study habits, everyone should be allowed to study, learn, or process something their way.

    Posted by Brenna Sullivan | December 7, 2012, 9:52 am
  7. Justin, My kids have and will continue to post on my blogger site all day. Please feel free to respond or dialogue with them, I know they would appreciate it.

    Posted by Joshua Winrotte (@coachrotte) | December 7, 2012, 10:11 am
  8. Your not lazy in my opinion, I do as many things that are like that. You just, do what you want to do.

    Posted by Josie Koontz | December 7, 2012, 10:27 am
  9. I agree with this post so much because most of the people in america are lazy because they either eat to much or just don’t want to play football or something.Some kids at our school just sit around and don’t even participate in school

    Posted by BRANDEN WAGER | December 7, 2012, 11:39 am
  10. I think that you are kinda lazy if you at least don’t even try with some things.

    Posted by Hope Olyvia Koontz | December 7, 2012, 11:55 am
  11. this is very lazy but is still a good article

    Posted by Gavin banks | December 7, 2012, 12:43 pm
  12. we are all lazy in our own ways I mean we can’t help it.

    Posted by Kameron Redman | December 7, 2012, 1:25 pm
  13. Alison Holstein: I think of me as kinda lazy. But that;s only because of fast-food, video games, and no night’s sleep.(Thanks to my riled up sisters up all night screaming, they are the opposite of lazy.) But now, I only watch new T.V shows, go on computer to study, and listen to music to block my sisters’ screaming. Thanks to this article, I am now in top shape!

    Posted by Alison Rose Holstein | December 7, 2012, 1:45 pm
  14. You are not lazy if you don’t care. You are lazy if you don’t try at anything at all. Because you don’t care about school doesn’t mean you are not educated. So many people did not care about school but are educated.

    Posted by Olivia Weston | December 7, 2012, 1:48 pm
  15. The purpose of “growing up” is to learn, explore and change. It is during these formative years that a person understands what works for them, and what might not. In our society, you can experience a wide-variety of things that can have a lasting impact, with people that can help make that impact that much more meaningful. I am 11+ years removed from high school, and I still look back on those years with pride.

    That pride was CERTAINLY not from what I did in the classroom. I took those years to understand what has meaning for me, and how I enjoyed spending my time. I gave an effort in school. Could I have given a bigger effort? Absolutely. I was a solid B student. Does that make me lazy? Many people said I was.

    With all the pressures that came with 11th grade, I never wanted to leave tennis practice. Despite the hours of homework and the daunting presence of the SATs coming within weeks, I was enjoying my time playing tennis with my friends too much to focus on something that had no meaning to me. Does playing 3 hours of tennis, 5-6 times a week- make me lazy?

    Does reading the newspaper to find out what was going on in the world, because my state curriculum demanded they ignore these things to teach me about trigonometry, and events that took place 300 years ago make me lazy?

    Does helping my family prepare for holidays, instead of studying for the SATs- make me lazy?

    What you learn in the classroom does not- and never will- accurately evaluate a person’s character, and desire to learn about themselves and the world around them. If my desire to find out about these things makes me lazy– I’m proud to be lazy.

    Posted by Marc | December 8, 2012, 1:55 am
  16. School is, in fact, the lazy party in its inertial intransigence to change – changing times, changing science, changing societies. In fact, school has never really worked hard enough to address our persistent individual and communal needs. It is about replication of privilege and labor – about assimilation and compliance – about the othering and sorting. It is here to be a problem, not to solve.

    Anyone up to drafting a post from school’s POV regarding its own laziness?

    Best,
    C

    Posted by Chad Sansing | December 11, 2012, 10:02 am
  17. I spent most of my childhood not being the “lazy” kid, and now at 25 I’m strung out and exhausted.

    Posted by aliciarice | December 13, 2012, 12:44 am
  18. Your thoughts show me you are not lazy. Focus on the positive things you mentioned here! You have a lot of great interests and you actually sound like an exciting person, not a lazy one!

    Posted by Jyll | February 15, 2013, 12:14 pm
  19. This is a great article. I think even as adults, we tend to be “lazy” in areas that are of less of a concern for us at the time being. Sometimes there are just instances or times where we need to focus on other tasks at hand. It doesn’t make us lazy in the true sense of the word.

    Posted by Stacy | February 15, 2013, 12:15 pm
  20. You are very insightful about the fact that everyone learns in their own way, and as teachers, we need to provide you with the choice to learn the way that is best for you.

    One concern, though, is you want to go to college, admissions expects you to follow the “traditional” way. I hope for your sake and many, many others that colleges alter their admissions policies.

    Posted by Karen Green - 4th grade teacher - Jefferson Elementary School | February 15, 2013, 12:15 pm
  21. I do not consider you lazy — just seem to be lacking some self-confidence and passion. I would encourage you to pursue those things you enjoy doing — reading, watching news, playing the sport as best you can — and enjoy those. People cannot force you to love something!

    Posted by RB | February 15, 2013, 12:15 pm

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