Okay, admit it. You couldn’t wait to get back to school. Sure the preparations could be stressful and nervous-making. Get the list of needed items like paper, pencils, etc.; shop for clothes; decide on a new hair style .
But summer was wearing thin. You were getting bored with all that aimless “playing.” You longed for the excitement of seeing the new textbooks, finding out who your teacher would be, seeing friends you hadn’t seen since last June! You expected, finally! to be learning new stuff, fascinating subjects like math, English, Spanish, history, chemistry.
Remember that shock of delight when you learned you wouldn’t have to do pages and pages of arithmetic homework: long division, huge numbers to add and subtract, and found out the delights of fractions! Hooray! Fractions really engaged your mind and the numbers were back to single digits. How easy it was to learn percentages right after fractions.
Later the disappointments would start to pile up. English was too easy. History too slow. Gym a nightmare. Your social life wasn’t what you had hoped it would be. But, all in all, it was great to be back.
Isn’t it bad for adults to harp constantly on how bad it is to go back to school? Did you begin to think you were the only person to look forward to going back to school? Did you start to hide your relief at having a structured day again at last?
Younger kids probably had no thought of dreading going back to school until they heard some grown-up talking about it – directly to them or on TV or radio. “You mean I’m not supposed to like school?”
What a horrible message! Why do adults have to spoil everything? Think how hard it must be for teachers to overcome this attitude.
When do kids start to get sullen and unmotivated in school? Around 4th grade, right? That’s about when they start paying attention to, or at least noticing, adults and their doings.
Lesson for today: “Hating” school is the first step to willful ignorance. That’s bad for kids, teachers, parents, society. Let’s be nicer to our kids.