Tom Sawyer doesn't want to go to school for many reasons. First, he doesn't want to attend school because he doesn't see the point in it. Pirates, outlaws, and other adventurers (whom he identifies with) don't do school. Secondly, Tom Sawyer is all about personal freedom which school does not offer. And, there is also the reason that Tom Sawyer does not like dressing in clothing that is restricting, which school requires. He likes nothing that restricts him in his thinking, his acting, and is way of living and viewing the world.