Why do children feel bored in classroom, are uninterested in reading books, and in general hate school? These are some questions that I am going to answer here.
In most places around the world, school is a very traumatic experience for the majority of children. Children from a very young age are sent to school, whether they like it or not. There they usually have to be confined in a room for 6 to 8 hours every weekday (except on holidays) for about 12 years of their life, to obey to rules, to follow orders and to learn things they are not interested in. What children truly want is to have fun, to play, to communicate and form social connections, to explore the great outdoors, to ponder and create — and barely any of those things they are allowed to do in school.
At school, students are not taught how to think, but what to think, and the difference between the two is tremendous. Education is not passing exams in order to get a certificate and find a well-paying job — it is cultivating the mind and spirit in order to find health, happiness and peace.
About 30 percent of the students indicate they are bored due to lack of interaction with teachers and 75 percent report material being taught is not interesting.The same reasons for boredom could explain high drop-out rates. In the survey, about 20 percent of students said they had considered dropping out of school, giving some of the following reasons: ?
73 percent said, “I didn’t like the school.”
61 percent said, “I didn’t like the teachers.”
60 percent said, “I didn’t see the value in the work I was being asked to do.”
About 25 percent said, “No adults in the school cared about me.”
“I think schools definitely need to pay a lot more attention to what students are thinking and the reasons why they’re dropping out.
school doesn’t have to be synonymous with fear, loathing, hatred, etc for the students.
School isn’t just about time spent in the classroom — it’s also about fun after-school activities, whether they be sports or clubs.
Homework is a big part of the school experience. “Designate a homework area,” Murphy advises. “Many of us grew up believing that the best place to do homework was alone in a quiet room at a tidy desk, sharpened pencils in hand. But lots of kids do better sprawled on their bedroom floor or sitting at the kitchen table. Fortunately there are many wonderful, creative, and dedicated teachers, consultants, and administrators on the front line every day doing all they can to engage their students.
Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life.
School is VERY Important. I am sure you have probably heard every grown-up in your life tell you. But the honest truth is that schooling is an absolute fundamental step to a successful life. We sometimes take school and classes for granted. But we forget that by going to school you get a compressed crash course on the collective knowledge of mankind. By getting an education you “skip the line” and see further metaphorically by standing on the shoulders of giants who came before you. You are able to learn from the hard work, success, and failure of the billions of humans who came before you. Be it as a biologist, engineer or even a plumber, by going to school you rapidly learn in a few weeks what the people before you learned through many years experience.
A great thing about school is that you can get together with friends, especially those who may live in a different neighborhood than you. Another enjoyable thing in school is getting involved in extra-curricular activities. Even learning can be fun, if you have the right perspective.
Learning can be fun. It may be difficult to understand some concepts or to remember certain facts, but once you’ve mastered the task, it feels good.
Students often reported that happiness, or positive feelings like enjoyment or fun, supported their schoolwork. One student shared, “In school I feel happy and accepted, which allows for a fun and free learning experience.” Yet another explained, “I always feel pushed to do my best when I have a project that I find to be really interesting and fun.”
One student summed it up, “I only do good work when I think happy thoughts.”
Games are a great way to keep lessons interesting while having a little bit of fun.
Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘Your school years are the best years of your life’? Well, it’s not true. At least, I hope it isn’t. It would be pretty sad if all the good stuff was over before you reached your twenties. But still, as I was walking to work the other day, I started thinking back to my school years in the UK. They might not have been the ‘best’ days, but there were definitely a lot of advantages of being at school. Here are some of them:
Friends. I can’t think of anything more luxurious than spending every day with my friends. When you leave school, meeting up with even one friend can take a lot of organising.
Free knowledge. My school was free: it cost me and my parents £0. £0 for English, maths, geography, history, art, and lots of other subjects. What a bargain! Learning can be really expensive when you leave school – especially in the UK, where university has now become almost as expensive as buying a little house.
Uniform. In England, schoolkids wear a uniform to school. Mine was blue. It wasn’t fashionable or particularly flattering, but it saved a lot of time in the mornings. Now it takes me ages to decide what to wear.
Short days. My school days sometimes felt very long but they were, in fact, very short. The school day started at 9 and finished at 15.30. I used to think of ‘home time’ as the beginning of the evening, but nowadays I think of 15.30 as the middle of the afternoon.
Exercise. I’m not very good at sport and I don’t really like it. But at school, sport was compulsory – twice a week we had to play netball, hockey, rounders, etc. I now realise that this was a good thing! Without compulsory sport, you become very lazy …
Bunsen burners. Unless you become a scientist, it’s unlikely that you will encounter Bunsen burners (or, indeed, other pieces of scientific equipment) in your post-school life. What a shame!
Holidays. Christmas, Easter, half-term, and, of course, the jackpot: the summer holidays. There was always a holiday to look forward to at school. Time to ride your bike, to sit around watching films, to have sleepovers, and then the last day to do your homework.
Teachers. Believe it or not, I miss teachers. OK, so they give homework and they make you stick to the rules. But they also share their knowledge with you and help you get to the right answer. When you no longer have teachers, you have to find the answers all by yourself!
Resources. School had all the resources I could have asked for: books and paper and glue and paint and bats and balls. If I now wanted to make, for example, a papier mâché, I would have to spend all day shopping for the ‘ingredients’.
Not knowing what’s coming next. I never really knew what I would ‘do’ or ‘be’ after school, but it was OK: The Grand Future was far away in the distance – filled with all sorts of different paths and possibilities. I guess it still is.
School will teach you how to present yourself like an intelligent, educated individual when you post things on the internet. School will also teach you where the caps lock key is on your keyboard – very important information that you can’t get anywhere else.School teaches you how to think. You see, there is actually only one way that humans are supposed to use their brains, and school is the only place you can get taught how to do it.School gives you something useful to do with your time. Because, as we all know, the only things teenagers ever do in their spare time is eat, sleep, get high, and screw each other. So, the more homework and tests you have, the better for everyone!
As positive psychologists Daniel Gilbert and Matthew Killingsworth explain:
“If I wanted to predict your happiness, and I could know only one thing about you, I wouldn’t want to know your gender, religion, health, or income. I’d want to know about your social network – about your friends and family and the strength of the bonds with them.”