Your Education Is The Most Important Thing You Could Ever Invest In, Seriously
Pay attention at school, kids. It's good for you.
How many of us who say that actually took our own educations seriously? Probably not as many as I'd like to think. When you're young and have no responsibilities and your whole life stretches ahead of you, it seems senseless to spend days stuck in a classroom learning algebra. However, having a good education can teach you so much more than just a few facts. Education means learning life skills, realizing important lessons, and having great opportunities thrown your way.
A good education is probably the single most important thing you'll ever invest in, and here's why:
For outside experiences
Hands up: who agrees that going on a school trip is the best thing about having to slog through all that hard work? Well, believe it or not, school trips, visits and other similar opportunities can be more valuable than the work itself. This is because these experiences give a much broader, applied understanding of the subject. People who aren't going through the same process of education are much less likely to have these opportunities presented to them, so make sure you stay in school for the trips, even if nothing else!
To learn facts
Believe it or not, some of the stuff you learn from a formal education is actually quite useful. A lot of it may seem unimportant or irrelevant at the time, but learning and understanding lots of different things is interesting! Plus, you never know when you might need to rely on it later down the line - that 'boring' history lesson could land you a job; that 'confusing' science lesson could save someone's life; that 'pointless' English lesson could help with your future child's homework. The list goes on!
To keep up with the technological world
In this world where we are becoming ever-more reliant on technology, it seems like you need an education in order to get anything done. Gone are the days when a mechanic could stick his hands in a car and learn through trial and error how everything fits together. Now, with everything being computerized, you have to learn how the system works before you can get to work on everything from a car to the supermarket checkouts!
It leads to innovation
Think about all the progress that humans have made over the last few thousand years. Without education we would never have reached the Moon, we would never have been able to fly, and we would never have found the cures for so many diseases. Education gives you the inspiration and tools to push the boundaries of what we do and know at the moment. In other words, education opens up entire new worlds full of possibilities, and whole new areas for discovery. With a good education, who knows what else we will achieve?
To earn respect
You've probably heard it said that you earn respect. You've probably also heard that respect works two ways. If you manage to sit through decades' worth of schooling with a conscientious and respectful attitude, then you are more likely to be respected by your teachers, peers, future employers and society in general. Completing a process of education deserves a pat on the back - you will have earned it!