On July 4th, 1776, the United States declared their independence from a far-off, uninclusive, and overbearing government. Now, in the 21st century, students everywhere are subject to education programs they more often than not have had no say in, administered by offices they may never visit, at the direction of superintendents they may never meet. Of course, there is more to the structure than that, but the fact remains: the students do not control their own education. They are told by the schools what to learn, when to learn it, how to learn it, and so on. Schools, in short, are far-off, uninclusive, and overbearing. And if you’re tired of it, it’s time to declare your independence.

Many students are school-averse, meaning they just don’t fit well with the way school does things. If you’re one of these students, you may have thought of leaving school before, but ultimately felt trapped because you don’t think it’s possible, or that it’s too risky, or that you’d have to make too many sacrifices. Well here’s the simple truth: it’s possible, it’s not risky, and there is little to nothing to lose.

It’s possible — most students are just a single form away from having no legal obligation to go to school.

It’s not risky — there is no career that requires a high school diploma and it’s simple to go to college without high school.

There is little to nothing to lose — your friends will still be there after school, you can still go to prom, you can still go to the games, and you can even still play in the games.

Ask yourself this Independence Day, if there was a Declaration of Independence from School, would you sign it? Will you return to school in the fall?

Declaration of Independence from School

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all learners are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Lessons, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these Lessons, Schools are instituted among Students, deriving their just powers from the consent of the schooled, –That whenever any Form of School becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the Students to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Schools, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.