Regret choosing A Level English Literature, please help Watch

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I know that it's quite late to say this as we are already over half way through the term, but I'm not really enjoying my English Literature course so far. Every lesson is basically just endless discussion about politics and ethics (we're doing dystopian literature), and the teacher insidiously promotes their political agenda onto my impressionable classmates; this isn't what I picked English Literature for! It's almost as if we never do any work, only just incessant, unnecessary political discourse everyday. I don't want to hear some sixteen year old girls rant about why they hate communism all the time! It has been really disillusioning for me and I can't take it anymore. My other two subjects are Maths and History, which I enjoy way more than English Literature. If I could change, I'd probably want to do A Level Physics instead, but the school is discouraging us from changing courses now.
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I know that it's quite late to say this as we are already over half way through the term, but I'm not really enjoying my English Literature course so far. Every lesson is basically just endless discussion about politics and ethics (we're doing dystopian literature), and the teacher insidiously promotes their political agenda onto my impressionable classmates; this isn't what I picked English Literature for! It's almost as if we never do any work, only just incessant, unnecessary political discourse everyday. I don't want to hear some sixteen year old girls rant about why they hate communism all the time! It has been really disillusioning for me and I can't take it anymore. My other two subjects are Maths and History, which I enjoy way more than English Literature. If I could change, I'd probably want to do A Level Physics instead, but the school is discouraging us from changing courses now.
Almost certainly too late to change now.
You could drop out.
You could do an A level online.
You could knuckle down and just get on with it. Seems like you are complaining about one book. I would have thought politics and ethics are quite important for dystopian issues? If you dont want to hear sixteen year old girls then put your fingers in your ears.

I would engage in the discussion. Not convinced with your arguments but your life. Set out your choices above.
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Almost certainly too late to change now.
You could drop out.
You could do an A level online.
You could knuckle down and just get on with it. Seems like you are complaining about one book. I would have thought politics and ethics are quite important for dystopian issues? If you dont want to hear sixteen year old girls then put your fingers in your ears.

I would engage in the discussion. Not convinced with your arguments but your life. Set out your choices above.
Well, you clearly understood that I am not just talking about one book since my original question stated that we are doing dystopian literature, and you implied that you understood that the course enforces the study of "dystopian issues"; this clearly does not indicate one book.

Anyway, I don't think I made myself clear about the lessons. While I understand that politics and ethics are important for the genre, too much of our lesson time is taken up by useless discourse. The amount of actual teaching regarding essay techniques and, well, literature, is so minimal that it's actually rather shocking. To be honest, I was surprised by your condescending suggestion of "put[ting my] fingers in [my] ears"; how do you know that I did just that today in lesson?

I agree that I will just have to soldier on with my current circumstances but frankly, I would rather not take upon your last advice regarding "[engaging] in the discussion". They are really rather inane and pretentious. My whole class only consists of girls (including me) and the majority only seem to use the lessons as angsty let-outs for their pent up misandry. Many of them did not even know what the word "totalitarian" means (at this great age of sixteen!) let alone explore the themes of dystopia in detail. I worry for the future of Britain.
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Well, you clearly understood that I am not just talking about one book since my original question stated that we are doing dystopian literature, and you implied that you understood that the course enforces the study of "dystopian issues"; this clearly does not indicate one book.

Anyway, I don't think I made myself clear about the lessons. While I understand that politics and ethics are important for the genre, too much of our lesson time is taken up by useless discourse. The amount of actual teaching regarding essay techniques and, well, literature, is so minimal that it's actually rather shocking. To be honest, I was surprised by your condescending suggestion of "put[ting my] fingers in [my] ears"; how do you know that I did just that today in lesson?

I agree that I will just have to soldier on with my current circumstances but frankly, I would rather not take upon your last advice regarding "[engaging] in the discussion". They are really rather inane and pretentious. My whole class only consists of girls (including me) and the majority only seem to use the lessons as angsty let-outs for their pent up misandry. Many of them did not even know what the word "totalitarian" means (at this great age of sixteen!) let alone explore the themes of dystopia in detail. I worry for the future of Britain.
If yopu are the future then I would be worried as well. In your situation I would whine less and just get on with it or man up and take one of the other choices.
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If yopu are the future then I would be worried as well. In your situation I would whine less and just get on with it or man up and take one of the other choices.
Do not fret, for I am not the future of Britain.
I am planning to move abroad as soon as possible!
Goodbye, Britain.
Goodbye, everyone.
Good luck with Brexit!
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I know that it's quite late to say this as we are already over half way through the term, but I'm not really enjoying my English Literature course so far. Every lesson is basically just endless discussion about politics and ethics (we're doing dystopian literature), and the teacher insidiously promotes their political agenda onto my impressionable classmates; this isn't what I picked English Literature for! It's almost as if we never do any work, only just incessant, unnecessary political discourse everyday. I don't want to hear some sixteen year old girls rant about why they hate communism all the time! It has been really disillusioning for me and I can't take it anymore. My other two subjects are Maths and History, which I enjoy way more than English Literature. If I could change, I'd probably want to do A Level Physics instead, but the school is discouraging us from changing courses now.
Your school is 'discouraging you', not -forbidding- you. If you truly believe that you don't and won't enjoy this subject now and later on, then change it right now, immediately. Before it's truly impossible. BUT, only do this, if your lack of enjoyment of the subject is effecting your grades and determination to aim high and if you trust yourself that you'd be able to catch up on physics. You'll need to revise extremely hard to catch up so it won't be easy. but it's not impossible either.
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Agreed with you at first, then you starting talking about how others in your class were 'pretentious' and, well.. Just re-read your posts.
If you really can't stomach it then change. If not then stick it out and deal with it. The choices are pretty obvious.
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Agreed with you at first, then you starting talking about how others in your class were 'pretentious' and, well.. Just re-read your posts.
If you really can't stomach it then change. If not then stick it out and deal with it. The choices are pretty obvious.
It's quite alright being pretentious if you are intelligent and have insightful opinions to offer, since you have the right to be like so if your arguments are well-substantiated and you know your stuff. But over half of my class do not seem like they have even passed GCSE English Literature, let alone partake in discourse without having to ask what the definition of "socialism" or "poignance" is every other minute then hastily make quick, monolithic judgements on the ideology.
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