Throughout school, and even through life in general, we are asked to complete tasks using certain guidelines. But throughout our daily lives; have we ever stopped to ask, “why do we have to follow these rules set for me?” Of course we all may answer, “because if not I’ll get fired” or “I’ll get a bad grade” but overall, why are these standards set?
Looking back through my first years in grade school, I could say it started as getting a coloring sheet with numbers in certain spaces, and being asked to color that space a color based on the color-to-number corresponding key. When asked, I would do so point-blank. Reaching 4th grade I was assigned that same activity for homework. When there was a number “4” on the grass space, and the corresponding color to four was green, I questioned my teachers theory. I turned to my father, being the realist that he had raised, and asked him why the grass was supposed to be colored green when everyone knows that grass is brown in Texas. To my response doing my homework my father said, “If that’s the way the teacher asked for it, then you should just color it green.” So beginning then, I had did as I was told and always followed the criteria.
After getting older and realizing “rebellion” is certainly common in our generation, I thought about criteria and took it into more depth. Now in 8th grade, when you are assigned to something, you are given some form of guideline. Expected to follow that criteria, you are graded/analyzed on what, or how much of the guidelines you follow. But that should not define you. Constantly we are placed in a chart that falls under certain categories, and that makes “who we are” or “shapes our character” only because we have the given ability to be able to follow instructions.
Following my thoughts came anger and realization. When Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, he did not follow a rubric or criteria telling if he failed, he would get an “F” in science class. Overall the lesson I’ve learned throughout my years in school is that a grade, or the way that you follow directions should not define who you are as a person. When children become adults and start a life of their own, there will be no rubric labeled as “how to ace your life” You will be left with your pure imagination, and that’s where the real ideas come from naturally.