Let’s talk about school


This is gonna make so many people mad. Hello everyone, welcome back to my Youtube channel. Today I wanted to sit down and talk with you guys about something that’s been on my mind for actually a very long time. Obviously, you’ve read the title. We’re gonna be talking about school today. Now, this topic has been approached so many different ways in the youtube community. And I always see one of two things you’re either 1: absolutely bashing the school system and burning it to the ground or 2: you’re just shoving it down your throat that you need to stay in school or else all of god’s wrath is gonna rain down on you. And I didn’t want this video to be either of those things because, frankly, this is my opinion. I’m allowed to have one. And you don’t need to follow my opinion. One of the main catalysts for me making this video was a quite harrowing experience I had with a fan a couple days ago. This person came up to me, she asked me why I hadn’t dropped out of school and she told me that I should drop out of school to make videos full time. And that kinda scared me because that made me re-think the message I’m giving out to my fans. To me, I didn’t think I was giving out that message and I did not want for that to be the takeaway from my videos especially the school-related ones. I know there are a lot of you that are mature and you won’t take what I say as gospel and burn it into your arm as your personal mantra. *oof* But there are some of you who are more impressionable, and I don’t want you taking everything I say to heart. Now, don’t get me wrong, school is not my favourite thing, whatsoever. If you offered me a million dollars to go through this whole thing again I would slap you silly and call the police. But I think as a society we’re starting to forget the point of school and its role in preparing people to be a part of society. So hopefully this video helps out those of you who are, you know, confused with school and are contemplating dropping out or questioning its importance. Something I hear all too often about school is this idea that it’s overrated. And I definitely believe that the media perpetuates this idea. I’ll never forget the time that WENDY WILLIAMS went on LIVE TV and told HER AUDIENCE that school’s overrated. And then there’s also the entire other side of youtube. For example, Jake Paul and his trash song about why teachers need to go die in a hole. Yeah…… that…….. wHY Did yoU dO THaT???? First of all, if you can’t sing, don’t. *John Cena what a savage* And two……………. why?!?!?!? The argument that school is useless is a very morally ignorant statement in itself. Sure, you’re not gonna solve for x when you’re buying groceries, but that’s just a very bad example. I’ll give you four better examples as to why school is actually very necessary, off the top of my head. As much as I like to goof on English, it’s actually really useful and it teaches you how to communicate your ideas and opinions in a manner that’s not infringing on someone else’s freedom of speech, which is a skill that many people lack nowadays. Calculus is used to build the roads you drive on so that you don’t go flying off a curb when you go around a corner. Biology and chemistry and health class, they all teach you how to read nutrition labels so that you’re not eating actual poison. Even with my youtube channel, I’ve used several skills that I’ve learned in school to make this. Communication and basic math skills, to name a few. So I really don’t understand how people have the audacity to say that school is useless, when there are SO MANY examples of how it actually is VERY USEFUL. Now, don’t get me wrong, the school system is FULL of issues. The education system was created at the beginning of the industrial revolution, and the main goal was to create factory workers, people who thought the same way and follow directions to a T with a dog-like obedience. And I think most people can see where that is embodied in the education system, from this pressure to memorise everything in your textbook and eat it up when you get home, to the respect to authority that you’re expected to have, and even the limited creativity that there is. I think that’s all a consequence of what they were originally trying to go for. Now obviously, times have changed. 2019 is eons away from the life that humans led in the 1800s But we cannot simply dismiss the fact that school does prepare you to lead a productive life, and to be a part of society. Now, I know that a lot of you are gonna say: “I hate society, and I’m never going to be a part of it!” But, let’s be honest here Are you really gonna go off and live as a hermit, and not vaccinate your kids? Yeah, I didn’t think so. It’s human nature to be a part of a group and school prepares you to be a functioning member of society. And I don’t think that we can deny that fact. And going back really quickly to the whole “School is useless” argument, Yeah, there are a lot of things in school that you’re taught that you’re probably not ever gonna use in your daily life, but, then I think it’s up to you, what exactly it is that you can take away from that. Because, I’ll admit, I never used history even though it’s very useful. This next part is definitely going to ruffle a couple dozen feathers. So I’m just gonna put it out there that, if you’re sensitive to conversations and discussions about mental illness, now is a good time to click off. Okay, great. Let’s keep going. Now, my heart goes out to anyone who has developed anxiety or any other form of mental illness because of school. But I’ve seen so many people use the disguise of mental illness to not study for a test or not finish their homework, simply because they are stressed out. It honestly frustrates me a lot. People really need to distinguish between good stress and bad stress in these situations, simply put. Not everything in life is going to be you know, a walk in the park. You are going to be stressed out so MANY more times in life. This is simply just a preparation for those experiences. Do I recommend you stay up all night finishing a project or something? No, I don’t. You need to set limits for yourself. But, going back to the whole stress and anxiety thing. It’s normal to be anxious for a test or a situation. That’s not not anxiety, that’s a defense mechanism. When you enter a stressful situation, your brain has 2 options: fight or flight, and that’s exactly what happens when you enter a tests situation, an exam or something along those lines. Something else that doesn’t help whatsoever in these situations Is… I’m gonna say it, okay, self deprecation. Now I do use quite a bit of self deprecating humor in my videos, I’ve been trying to cut back on it a lot recently, and I hope that you’ve realized that. Sure, it’s funny, the… first couple times… But it loses it’s humor very quickly. And it’s actually very insensitive to people who are legitimately depressed, suicidal, the list goes on and on. You might think, “Oh, it’s all a joke, it’s not going to affect me.” But it actually does affect you! A couple months ago, when I was still making more deprecating jokes in my videos, I found myself, constantly, just in a very negative mindset And it was so unnecessary Because I’m happy with my life, I don’t have any reason to complain. Anyways, I hope I didn’t offend the entire human population With that little bit about mental illness. I know it’s a very heated topic And the last thing I wanna do is trigger or offend someone who’s going through a rough patch. The final topic I wanted to discuss with all of you kinda goes hand in hand with the last one. I wanted to talk about pressure, and the expectation to do well in school. Now, I was always expected to get good grades in school, that wasn’t even a question. My parents both went to University, my dad’s a professor so I was pushed out the womb expecting good grades. And I know that a lot of people complain about this pressure that parents usually put on their kids, but I genuinely do thank my parents for pushing me to be the best student I can be. And I know that there’s people who cannot say the same thing, their parents expect, like, SO much from them. But we need to remember that your parents are only doing that because they care about you. I’m also going to say one last thing. I’m going to sound like an 85 year old teenager when I say this, but I definitely do believe that technology has made the academic life SO much harder that it has to be. I’ll admit, I get distracted with my phone quite a bit especially with this whole YouTube thing. and I have to juggle school and sports on top of that and if you ask me how I did it to be honest, I don’t even know what I would answer I would probably say I just pull all the stops out and see what happens. is, if you are planning on dropping out if that’s really something you want to do, I implore you to think about your decision wisely because it’s not something easy to go back upon. you may not regret it now, that’s true I know that if I dropped out, right now and I said that I would live with my YouTube for the rest of my life that’s not gonna work because I know that I’m not gonna be doing this for the rest of my life. and when it’s time, for me to go back to school and get a degree so I can get a job, I would not go back to school it would be so hard. It would take a Herculean effort to go back and at least get a Bachelor’s degree n something. that’s all I have to say. I don’t know if this video makes sense but I’ll see while I’m editing it I’m really sorry if this is not what you wanted I’ve been really wanting to make this video for a while now, and I’m glad that I finally sat down and did it. Thanks for watching, thanks for tuning in, and I’ll see you guys in the next one. Did you really think I was capable of making a serious video without making one joke? Well, fool me once I’m an idiot. Fool me twice, I’m still the idiot. Anyways, I was searching the interwebs for god knows what this morning when I came across something sO ridiculous, so absurd, that I just had to share it with all of you. Yes, your eyes do not deceive you. That is a sandwich made with cucumber. So when I saw that I knew that I immediately had to try it. It wasn’t even a question. You’re gonna need one (1) English cucumber, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, plain yoghurt, fresh dill, mayonnaise, some celery, one (1) lemon, and the hOrRid the gRoteSquE it’s the l e m o n t u n a. Begin by opening up your cucumber. Next, cut it in half length-wise so you have two (2) half cylinders.

100 thoughts on “Let’s talk about school”

  1. my last school really did try to make learning interesting so we stay engaged and learn in a way we can learn. but one thing I really think that the school system should be doing is making sure that the students are ok mentally which my last school did for almost all students,except for me.

  2. you are so amazingly smart and funny and im so happy to have you as a part of the YouTube community. i do believe that if there were more youtubers like you or if at least more people watched your videos and not the Pauls' ones, kids nowadays would not be so… i don't even know what the right word to describe them is. thank you for showing people that good education is crucial and that knowing what you're talking about, being smart and having an opinion is not wrong.

  3. Once you said that the average age in your channel stats is 24/27 yo. This is no surprise to me 🙂
    Not only you are extremely funny, but you have also the ability to develop your own original ideas and the capacity to express them in a very clear yet elaborate way. I'm 28 and I really enjoy watching your videos (and I'm not a creepy maniac, I promise!). I like that you don't put yourself in a box and you have your own intelligent opinions.
    I like the fact that the life you are sharing with your youtube audience is the crazy/normal life of a person your age (with parents being part of your life, school, sports and wathever you enjoy doing). I may sound super "old" saying this, but it's so alienating to see all this perfection and unreal fake standards all around. Enjoy University and try to keep up with your yt channel, we need people like you!

  4. School is useful, especially when you take advantage of it. I know so many people who graduated who didn’t even try and apply their education to real life. School helped me with communication and writing skills, and developed my analytical skills. Obviously major in something useful that will help you in your career path.

  5. M so impressed byur impact on me, I am a 19 years old almost 20 and I have forgotten since I graduated from high school how normal it is for school and studies to be stressful and i have been complaining about that and hating university, but here I am remembering all of this from a 17 years old how is an adorable, responsible and productive girl. May god bless u and I wish u the best of luck ❤❤❤

  6. Okay, so I have a lot to say about the mental health stuff. So, I have bipolar 2 (so I'm basically always depressed), I have GAD and a panic disorder. I've been through really bad lengths of times with these, especially in school. Now, here are a few things- 1. If you tell yourself you're going to fail, then proceed to not try, you are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. 2. At one point, I went through a period after an abusive relationship where I had agoraphobia and was terrified to leave the house, and I was struggling bad with my mental health. I did poorly in my classes, but I also had a real reason. 3. I developed testing anxiety. Why? Because I knew I probably didnt study enough, or I put on too much pressure for myself to focus during the test so I'd freak myself out and panic. How did I get rid of it? I studied enough that I felt like I could trust myself to do well. When you dont leave any room for questioning yourself, all of a sudden, the anxiety goes away. 5. You have to hold yourself responsible and not use your mental illness as an excuse, unless there are real extenuating circumstances.
    Over the past 3 years I've been working on my bachelor's degree, I've gone through 2 hospitalizations, severe depression, a manic phase, agoraphobia, test anxiety, and an abusive relationship. At the end of this semester I graduate with it and then I'm off to grad school. College isnt for everyone, but dont let yourself be the reason you hold yourself back. High school on the other hand, get through that shit. Or get a GED. There are so many schooling options now, there's hardly any excuses.
    But also remember- you got this. You can do it.

  7. I completely agree with you with the mental illness portion. I do suffer from anxiety, but I’ve been able to distinguish between good stress and bad stress. I know that studying stress and test stress etc are good stressors and the more I am put under stress and then come from it successful the better I’ll be able to handle the stress. On top of that, though, I do have stress from the fact that I have school, practice, work, five clubs, two honor societies, and I attend an academy which has its own work load on top of that as well as volunteer hour requirements. Sometimes all of that is just too much when I already have anxiety, and it causes breakdowns. I just have to take a step back and remember why I’m doing all of it, and see if there’s anything I would want to quit. The answer is always no, because I chose all of my activities because I’m interested in them and love participating. Sometimes things get hard and it’s important to remember why you do it

  8. You inspire me to eat healthy and work out. And study. And have fun. You are way better than lots of other YouTubers.

  9. LOVE this message! My entire childhood my mom was back in college throughout her 40s to get her degree and credential all while working and being a mom full time. She had to do night classes part time and what would have been a 5 year degree took 11 years!! She always instilled in me that even though I might not want to at the time, I should put my education first and foremost before settling down because, like her, I would eventually realize I want to go back. I'm 22 and just finished my B.A in Biology and have one thing off my plate that will help me throughout my life. Don't tell yourself you can't do it, YOU can! You got this!

  10. I actually love a video from Mother Goose and your father explaining on how exactly they raised you because there needs to be more children raised like you I have an almost 2 year old that i hope has a deeper awareness about life like you have this needs to be shared

  11. Joana I love your videos and this one specifically, but I have to disagree with you in one specific point, the mental illness aspect.
    While yeah some people label simple normal day to day stress as mental illness and use that as an excuse to not get through with tasks, some people actually suffer with hindering symptoms of disorders often caused by school (depression, anxiety, etc) in a level that does affect their life and productivity – those levels are what constitute a disorder instead of just day to day normal emotions.
    So yeah life is not a walk in the park all the time, but, for some people simple things can lead them to full mental spirals that result in mental and physical struggles (my anxiety and depression make my body ache and shake and heart rate to change, sometimes keep me from sleeping properly as well as just eventual panic attacks).
    Some people may use this as an excuse, but some people are actually disabled and should be taken into consideration, because they can't be a functioning member of society if society only seeks certain types of people as optimal to be in it, making it harder for people like me to fit in.
    Aside from that little thing though, I really appreciate the video and I think it is very important. And even for people with actual depression, self deprecation jokes can make it so much worse so even if things are terrible one should never put their own mindset down.

  12. It's exactly why I admire Joana more than Emma…..not comparing them..Emma is indeed a great utuber but she needs to realize that education to a certain level is necessary school may tear ur life apart or screw the hell outta it but that's surely for a reason to make ur existence in this world a bit more justified…..start loving ur school days cuz they r gonna be one of the biggest nostalgia in ur lives….there's a lot to learn and education can never be useless

  13. Joana is one of the most sensible teenage utubers out there who does use her ability of being a utuber to connect with people in positive manner and to put outta healthy massage instead of just brooding abt how shitty their life is..when they r the only ones who can put an effort to bring it in place…. Sorry but Emma if u can leave ur squad for a bit and stay with Joana

  14. I know I'm like, four months late but, I love this. Her being serious about something she really wants people to better understand, it's nice. Joana, if you see this, you are literally my favorite YouTuber.

  15. I feel like her and sydey (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e53dpN27bA&feature=push-u-sub&attr_tag=1R2dW_y5YAObg2uF%3A6) would be friends

  16. Hey, I just wanted to say I'm a Chilean 25-year-old teacher and I wish there were more students like you.
    Great video c:

  17. very well said, young lady!
    school is essential to life, college is crucial to becoming a functional human being to contribute and improve the world we live in. STAY IN SCHOOL GUYS. The youtubers that say university is useless explains how retarded they are.

  18. honestly took the thoughts from my head and said it right in one video, glad someone is spreading good messages through youtube

  19. When my English teacher wanted us to design our own university, my partner and I created one called “Adult Life Preparation University” and I think if there’s a thing many would join.

  20. You kids dropping out while other people claw their way to get a diploma. I myself have poured blood, sweat and a ton of tears just to graduate college. Never in my life did I think or had the option linger in my mind to quit school. Its just flat out stupid.

  21. absolutely loved this "serious" talking video, you're truly a gem joana !!! i loved listening to your opinions,,,, as a fellow 17 year old struggling in school ure really an inspiration <33

  22. I understand her point completely but I think she left out a very important detail. The school system has failed to teach millions of students very important life lessons such as tax, voting, etc. school instead teaches you specific academics you MAY use but leaves out very important life skills you WILL use. I do think school is important but I also do think that it puts a lot of pressure on students. Students should have time to heal from the stress of school, not go home, do homework, and go back to school the next day. It’s like tightening a string, or will snap if you pull it too hard.
    Algebra 1 for example, is a class where after you have done so much that you are collapsing under stress you still must go home and do MORE work. I took some tests when I was in 6th grade and they were looked over and ever since I have been “certified gifted” with that comes the expectations to always have perfect grades, I can say that the stress this has put on me left me hating school, I prayed that nature would hit us with a blizzard just so that I didn’t have to go.
    What I’m getting at is that school is certainly important but they go about it in a bad way.

    Edit: this is not a hate comment. This is just a civil argument.

  23. I think that it is never too late to go back to school…. It is never too late to learn new things….. Especially if you realize that you want to study other things instead of the ones you are studying right now…

  24. Hey guys it's actually wrong that we don't solve for x while buying groceries eg I live in India so whenever we go to buy groceries the vendor tells us the price of 1 kg (convert to pounds for yourself) then if u don't want to be wasteful and not many people are eating it we buy a quarter kg or half kg so we have to find the price for it ourselves hence it's proved that we do solve for x while buying groceries we just don't recognize it

  25. I’m going through a V E R Y rough patch. However, going to school helps me. Because of what’s happening I have had to take days off but ultimately school gives me order and purpose in community. Mental illness is very serious though and everyone reacts to certain situations differently. I do find myself in very negative mindsets sometimes and it can feel easier to give up because of extreme anxiety, depression, and fear of growing up, but I still want to have a life and experience what normal adults experience.

  26. I bet most people don’t realize we use things we learn in school everyday. I totally agree with the stress. Like, life is hard it’s the truth. 🤷🏼‍♀️
    Edit: Thank you for making this video. So glad you are still in school. Keep working hard! 🙂

  27. Caríssima Joaninha Escena,

    parece que cá em baixo há milhões de comentários e eu quis adicionar um também.

    Este vídeo é tão fixe que nem consigo mais palavras para descrever a alegria com qual o vi. Eu tenho 27 anos e sou professor adjunto numa universidade em Praga, comecei há um ano.

    Foi interessantíssimo ouvir que lá na Canadá os estudantes ficam tão estressados que não vão à escola… cá é um pouco diferente, eu tenho dificildades com nível de invenção e fantasia deles, ou seja, em vez de eles assumirem a sua culpa, gostam de se deferender até o último segundo, na maioria mentindo. Um estudante acousou-me de tal maneira que até quase perdi o meu trabalho, mentiroso.

    A falta de sinceridade na relação entre o professor e o estudante destrói o sistema. Simplesmente têm medo de eu ficar com raiva caso eles disserem a verdade. Não faz sentido. Logo comunicarem todo com os meus superiores que, não sei por quê, acreditam neles…

    Bom, escrevi demais, mas tenho muito pra dizer, kkkk. Também escrevi em português para que ninguém da minha universidade compreenda nada. Porém, espero que tu compreendas. 🙂

    Abraços!

  28. I don't know what content that fan has been watching, but the only things I felt compelled to do while watching these videos was go to the gym (and I will once I'm not sick anymore), stay in school (I would but I'm 32), eat more cookies (I will in just a minute) and embrace my weird (oh, and I do). You make me think that humanity has hope, if there are more teens like you popping up in it.

  29. joana I'm actually really depressed and I have bpd but I loved your self deprecating jokes it's what made you relatable, to me personally

  30. University fees is exhorbitant . 💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰

    People are forced to quit school and be a youtuber like Jake Paul. 🤣

    Ceddia and her parents are school teachers.

    So Ceddia is plugging schools. 🏫

    If no one goes to school 🏫 , Ceddia and her parents would have to become youtubers. 🤣

  31. 9:00

    True. You really cannot do Youtube at 60 years old.

    Unless 🤔 you are Madonna or Jackie Chan.

    Imagine Jake Paul at age 60 . Ewwwwwww 🤣

  32. The one thing that annoys me so much is when a classmate says, "when are we going to use this in life" and it's not like they're little kids, they're teenagers they should be connecting the dots by now.

  33. I wanna throw you in my physics class and wanna see you coming back with all of you hairs up and your eyeballls in your hand with insult exhausting from your eyes just imagine😐

  34. I've had a really rough time with school, especially high school. After working on myself a lot I came to the conclusion that a sufficiently good enough reason to perform well in school is to get good at working hard. Working hard is kind of a skill that takes practice. Getting involved takes practice. Mindset takes practice. Whatever you might be doing right now, try to do it well and keep your chin up. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean you get to shit on it. You are what you do. Don't be a slacker or a loser.

  35. The thing about mental illness is that you can't do your homework if you can't breathe. Most of people who have a mental illness try really hard not to feel that way, but it's not like if we could just start thinking differently. Actually, I can't say this about everyone but most people with mental illness that I know get stuck in a loop because you aren't able to focus when you are having and attack, but you get worse because you feel bad for not studying, and so you are not able to study because you are feeling bad about not being able to study… I agree with all the rest, and I really love Joana, but…

  36. Shoutout to all the people who are struggling with mental illness. You are beautiful. It's just not necessary to think this way. Believe in you. It is scientifically proven that once you learn to accept you and your "flaws", nobody can use them against you. I'm going through this with you, you know. I have really bad days where I'm depressed and anxious, and I try so hard not to. It's hard, I get it, but you just have to try. Trying is all that matters.

  37. No hate to the fan who told her to drop out of school but.

    What is wrong with you.

    SHE MAKES ENOUGH YT VIDS WHAT DO YOU NEEEEEED

    AND ANYWAY SHE WILL STILL NEED TO FIGURE OUT IDEAS FOR A VIDEO SO IT WONT CHANGE ANYTHINGGGGGGG

  38. This entire speech I feel like I’ve given word for word a thousand times to anyone who will listen 😂 but this truly is exactly how I feel about everything and I’m so glad everyone throughly supports you and sees this because it’s promotes growth in everyone. I am 21 older than you (but not by much). I still get told I’m very mature for my age which I’m not trying to brag on I’m just saying yes! I agree with the 40 year olds and you lol so that must make us mature! 😂 but anyway this is great! I’m so happy there is a video like this from someone so young. There is hope for the future! And hopefully everyone in their teens can see this and agree with you!! Love you John Cena thanks for the content ❤️

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