Hello. I'm an 8th grader who loves physics and math, and I want to be a theoretical physicist and dabble in cosmology and string theory. I am very passionate, very curious, and I love to learn. However, there is one problem. School. Paradoxical, right? I love to learn, yet I don't like school? Well, the problem is the way they teach things. For example, geometry. I have already taught myself geometry through books like Euclid's 'The Elements'. I find geometry to be a very inspiring and beautiful subject. Yet, school teaches it in such a boring way. They teach the most simple and inelegant proofs. Also, two column proofs? What serious mathematician has to say, "This is true because of the subtraction property of equality" after he/she subtracts a number from both sides of an equation? My geometry teacher is terrible, gives WAAYY too much homework on stuff that is unbelievably easy, and he always complains that he is swamped with papers to grade (Think about the last sentence for a moment). English? Well, I enjoy literature, and especially enjoy writing. However, in English class, they always make us answer questions in a specific method, the restate answer prove method. I don't like writing according to a specific instruction. Here is a sample question with the first answer similar to an answer I would personally give, and the second an answer in which I have to use to get a good grade. "In the short story, what do you think the sun represents?" 1 (How I would write) "In the poem, the sun probably represents happiness. I deduced the sun to be happiness through plentiful textual support, such as blah blah. The sun can also be this and that as that and this blah blah. However, the latter possibilities are not as well supported in the text. So, I can conclude that the sun represents happiness in this story." 2(The school method) "In the story, the sun symbolizes happiness. In the text, it states (blah blah blah). Also in the text, it states (blah blah blah). This proves why the sun symbolizes happines in this story." The blahs and this and thats are just filling in for textual evidence. I feel like a robot when I write like number 2, and it is painful for my own brain to have to write down such a boring, down-to-Earth answer. Even if my way isn't as grammatically correct. Science? Give me a break. What they teach in science class is LITERALLY THE SAME EVERY YEAR. Seriously! Last year, the scientific method and the water cycle. This year, the scientific method and the water cycle. I am also incredibly bored in school. I don't mean to sound like I'm a brat, I'm not self-centered, but the stuff in school is too easy for me. When I have to sit through a 50 minute class about what evaporation is, I frequently find myself pondering the strangeness of the quantum world, or the curving spacetime of general relativity. (Of course, I don't think of the math, as I don't even know linear algebra yet. I ponder the relationship between physical and mathematical representations of the world most of the time). I usually smile as I imagine the 3d grid of spacetime stretching out infront of me into th infinite, and a star curving the gridlines around it inward. That smile fades away when the teacher places a packet of questions about the water cycle in front of me, and as my vision of spacetime fades away. It sucks. I try to tell my parents this, but they just say, "When you get into high school you can pick your classes, and classes will be more challenging." I am not convinced of this. I feel as if school will keep lowering my enthusiasm for subjects. I feel like when I get to high school physics, it will just be about memorizing formulas and not seeing why they work or how they were derived. I am currently teaching myself the beautiful math of calculus, but I feel like when we get to calculus, the teacher will just give us equations to memorize, rather than telling us why they work or how they were derived. Ever since school started, I have gotten more irritable, I have had a shorter temper, and my depression has been on the increase. I am at the beginning of a two week break, but I'm already starting to dread school. Dread the homework, the memorization, the boring proofs, the stupid answering methods, the laughable teaching methods, etc. I am sorry for the long post. Can somebody please just give me some advice?