February 29, 2020
What is the point of forcing children to go to school if they don’t like it?
They’re certainly not learning anything.
Educators may want to reconsider ways to keep kids engaged and upbeat when it comes to going to school, according to new research. A national survey of 21,678 current high school students reveals that nearly three-quarters harbor negative feelings about their educational experience.
Researchers say the single most reported answer to a question asking how a student usually feels while at school was “tired,” followed by “stressed” and “bored.”
In addition to the nationwide study, led by researchers at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Yale Child Study Center, the authors conducted an “experience sampling” study of 472 high school students in Connecticut. Those students were asked to report their feelings at specific moments throughout the school day. They reported negative feelings 60% of the time.
“It was higher than we expected,” says study co-author and Yale research scientist Zorana Ivcevic in a university release. “We know from talking to students that they are feeling tired, stressed, and bored, but were surprised by how overwhelming it was.”
The students came from a variety of demographics and locations; urban, suburban, and rural school districts across all 50 states. Pupils from both public and private schools were surveyed. The findings held true across all demographics, but girls were slightly more negative than boys on average.
In the first online survey, students were asked to provide a range of positive and negative feelings they experience during school hours. They also rated how often they felt 10 separate emotions on a scale of 0 to 100: proud, happy, joyful, cheerful, lively, sad, angry, miserable, afraid, scared, bored, and stressed.
The most common emotion the students reported in the open-ended responses was tired, at 58%. All of the additional most-reported emotions were slightly below 50%: stressed, bored, calm, and happy. These results supported the rating scale test findings — students reported feeling stressed (79.83%) and bored (69.51%) most frequently.
Ivcevic pointed out that even when some positive emotions (calm, happy) were reported, they were vague in comparison to the negative emotions. Virtually no students reported positive emotions like “interested” or “curious.” These emotions, according to Ivcevic, would have shown a higher level of engagement predictive of more enduring and deeper learning.
It would make more sense, logically, to just send teenagers either into college or into the workplace following 7th grade.
Oh but I guess we can’t send them into the workplace, can we?
Donald Trump has reserved all of those jobs for brown immigrants.
H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship. We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2019
It’s sad, because all of the jobs he is giving to these Indians in the tech sector could easily be done by white 14-year-olds.
But I guess we have to support Donald Trump’s race replacement plan because without it there would be socialism.
And socialism is like, really bad.