An expression "a necessary evil" is used to call something which we do not like doing but which we know must be done. Schools seems to be a perfect example of a necessary evil, at least in opinion of those liable to the obligation to attend school. The question arises whether this obligation is really so hard to bear and whether we do not profit from it.

Although majority of pupils feels oppressed by the fact that they have to spend so many hours sitting at the desk in classroom and then doing their homework, the truth is that school provides them with many important experiences and prepares them for life. First of all, school is not only a place of education but also a place where our social life develop. We meet there new people and make new friends, first fall in love and learn how to function and behave in a peer group. We learn to bring our egoism under control, to care for others and to have consideration for their feelings. Besides, school encourages the spirit of competitiveness and builds our self-confidence. It is at school that where we experience our first little victories and failures and learn how to deal with them. Moreover, from the very beginning of our school life, at the age of seven or eight, we learn to be independent and resourceful and to deal with various, often embarrassing or stressful situations. Good teachers can help children to develop their talents, instil new interest in them and encourage even the least gifted pupils to broaden their knowledge.

However, sometimes school can appear to be a necessary evil. Everyone will think so on a cold, dark, snowy morning, when the alarm clock goes off and you know you must get up although you would rather spend all day in bed, covered with a warm blanket. Moreover, long hours spend on doing homework when it is so warm and sunny outside can also make you hate school. Another problem is that school life is often stressful; you may always be asked a question you will not be able to answer or you will have to write an unexpected test. In addition, there can appear problems with getting on well with teachers who cannot find the balances between their requirements and their students abilities.

It is common knowledge that pupils love complaining about school. In my opinion, however, the complaints are often exaggerated and groundless. It seems to me that labelling school " a necessary evil" is not right; while I agree that school is necessary, I have strong doubts whether it is really evil.