Algebra = not fun. Nipping out to McDonald’s = fun.

AP history = so not fun. Hiding in the woods with friends during third block = extra fun.

Chemistry = torture. Sleeping through the snooze button in a soft, warm bed = absolute bliss.

Your average high schooler might use these equations to explain why they ditch class. Don’t believe them. I mean, of course. Even Urkel would take snooze over chem class. But kids don’t cut class, risking poor grades and punishment, because it’s fun. The motive lies deeper than that.

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