What Kids Think of School

Children are some of the most observant and adaptive persons. They think with their hearts and have valid reasonings as to why they dislike or like certain things, even if they answer in a simplistic way, such as, “It’s yucky!” It’s only natural that they have their own opinions on schooling as well – which I will quote in this article. School is one of the most memorable times in a child’s life, simply because it’s new and exciting and very well may be one of the first times in a child’s life that they have a set routine in place.

I remember when I was a kid, I loved school. I loved school and I hated Summer after a few weeks had rolled by and I grew bored of having nothing to do. Okay, maybe that was just me but still!

According to kidshealth.org, most days, sixty-five percent of kids said that they enjoyed school, ranging from “a lot” to “some.” The other thirty-five percent of kids who said that they disliked school “a lot” or “some.” Statistically, it seems reasonable that there are thirty-five percent of kids who said that they disliked school – mind you, that the statistic is out of a sample of one thousand – but that’s still not a good sign!

We can only hope. (photo by katerha)

We can only hope. (photo by katerha)

If kids dislike school at a young age, they’re only going to grow less fond of it as they age. It’s not necessarily that they will never enjoy school – but if the habit starts, it’s hard to get out of. You would rather do anything than go to school and do your work, and I know that from personal experience because although I never hated school as a child, I caught a bad case of Senioritis in my junior and senior years of high school.

So what else did the study find? Well, for one, boys are less happy in school than girls are. Another thing is, kids are uncomfortable with talking to counselors and adults about their problems for multiple reasons, which can interfere with their experiences in school.

Now, let’s here what actual kids had to say, which I’ve quoted from this article by kidshealth:

  • I’m looking forward to meeting some new friends. I’m not looking forward to the rules (there are so many to remember) and bullies.
    Finbar, 7
  • I am going to third grade and I am looking forward to what I am going to learn and what homework I am going to get. I am not looking forward to getting up really early and sitting in a chair all day.
    Olivia, 8
  • I’m looking forward to math because it makes me smarter and smarter. I’m not looking forward to recess because I’m afraid I’ll be out of energy before I get home.
    Molly, 8
  • I’m looking forward to math. I like numbers. I’m not looking forward to lunch, especially the chicken nuggets. They’re usually burnt.
    Katie, 8
  • I’m looking forward to having good days at school and new friends — also having a nice teacher. I’m not looking forward to being bad and getting sent to the principal.
    Emily, 8
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