Narrative Essay: What Did I Learn Today?

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“What did you learn today?”
Coming home from my first day of preschool, I recall my parents asking me that renowned question. I cannot, however, recall what I said to them or anything I learned that day.
More than eleven years later, I could organize a list to explain each subject, every topic we covered that day, and all of the information that I memorized, but this ordinary explanation would not include everything that I learned. Having a standard public school education, I look back on my years of experience with this system and acknowledge that it has shaped me to be someone who is more accepting, understanding, and down-to-earth simply by exposing me to so many people who each contain a lifetime of stories. I love to see people who
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Why won’t she just shut up and follow the rules? my timid, freshman self thought. Interestingly, my first thoughts were not why the teacher wouldn’t let it go, what was really so wrong with her shirt, or why it was such an important issue that a whole classroom must be deprived of learning anything that day. Like many young girls, I had been taught to see the failure to naturally conform to societal standards as grounds to outcast people, ridicule them, and ultimately manipulate them into changing who they are so that they’re a more accepted version of themselves. This particular instance taught the young men and women in the classroom that a woman’s role as a sexual object, regardless of her age, takes precedent over her education and comfortability, but it was not our first exposure to this type of …show more content…
Many students do not get that luxury and are left to turn to the internet or their friends in order to scrounge up appropriate knowledge that is still at the hands of those who may shame a person with different morals. Young women who choose a more promiscuous lifestyle than abstinence, even while staying protected despite their limited knowledge of how to be safe, cannot feel comfortable in an environment that continuously tells them that what they choose to do with their body is sinful or wrong. In a country with such a variety of opinions, religions, and beliefs, conflicts dealing with the morality of sexual education are sure to arise, but no part of any education should allow for that type of society to culminate within a school community to the point that the school places young women’s values as a citizen and human being below that of their ability to conform to their limited societal

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