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Why should children go to school?

Why should children go to school?

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Why do our children have to go to school? – Vanessa C., age 10, Gilbert, Arizona


Children go to school for many reasons. Where and when depends on their age, location, parental preferences and local policies. Parents send their children to school to expose them to experiences that are different from their own at home and in their communities. Schools are designed to provide spaces for exploration, self-awareness and connection with other children. Teachers encourage children to strengthen the skills they have and help them acquire new ones as they progress from grade to grade.

I have spent the past 20 years studying and working with children from birth to 21 years in a variety of settings. I often think about how to create the best learning environment for children, starting with preschool. For me, it means ensuring that all children have the opportunity to be in a school that can fulfill their learning needs as well as their physical, social and emotional well-being at all stages of their lives.

Preschool

About 61% of 3- to 5-year-olds in the U.S. are enrolled in some type of preschool. Because these are critical years for brain development, it is essential to attend a high quality learning program.

What makes a great program for young children? As children learn through play, it is important that play is the focus of most activities. It is also essential for teachers to communicate with their young students and respond to each child’s needs.

During this important developmental stage, children also form a sense of self. For example, they may start to think of themselves as a big brother or sister when there is another child at home. They also begin to connect more deeply with others, learn to communicate their feelings, practice sharing and more. When schools include children’s identity, cultural norms and traditions in the classroom, students feel a sense of belonging and inclusion. It helps children to form associations that are important for learning.

Primary school

Children entering kindergarten at the age of 5 or 6 can have very different feelings, including nervousness and excitement for this new experience. Perhaps children have already heard adults say that the beginning of kindergarten is the beginning of “real learning”. But this is not the case; children learn from the day they are born.

With the transition to kindergarten, children begin to work on personal and social skills, such as managing their behaviors and reactions, problem solving, and logical thinking. Children’s early experiences expand their ideas of how the world works. And as they mature, they become better able to understand more complex thought processes, such as reversibility, or water turning into ice and then returning to water. Another concept they can begin to explore is how matter takes the form of the space it occupies, such as sand that fills a star-shaped container, and why this happens.

As students progress through elementary school, their reading and comprehension skills improve and they are able to use a variety of resources – from reading books and watching documentaries to museum trips – to help them come up with ideas inside and outside the classroom. encounter, to understand. The education that students receive at school builds on these experiences.

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Middle school students begin to apply their skills and take on more schoolwork and school-related responsibilities, both inside and outside the classroom.
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Middle school

During the middle school years, when students are usually between 10 and 13 years old, children and parents both begin to interact with the school in different ways. Teachers are increasingly giving students more responsibilities, and they are trying their best to personify what is happening in the classroom to students’ talents and strengths.

As students become increasingly independent, parents often transfer more school-related responsibilities to them. Students feel competent and competent when their environment supports who they are and encourages them to apply their existing skills at all levels, but especially in middle school.

It can be overwhelming to understand all the challenges children face – such as fitting in, maintaining friendships, reaching puberty and others. But middle school also provides opportunities for students to hone their skills and talents. Some schools may offer orchestra, theater or robotics and other new opportunities to learn, play and grow with their daily studies.

A student in a green sweater raises her hand in a classroom full of students
High school helps students understand more about their own interests and passions while continuing to learn how to think critically and communicate with others.
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High school

High school is an exciting time for most students as it is the final gateway to adulthood. Students can take on a heavier academic and extramural burden as a way to prepare for higher education. In high school, students can choose from a range of courses that can include journalism, biology, an advanced foreign language class or world history. At the same time, students can start participating in specialized activities such as volunteering or traveling abroad that may expose them to fields they would like to study if they choose to continue to college.

The core principle of education is to enable students to become friendly, generous and contributing members of their community and the world. Although not all students have the opportunity to attend excellent schools due to unequal circumstances, it is critical that all children receive education, at home or at school, public or private. Schools are a proven place where children acquire new skills and knowledge that they will continue to use and build on for the rest of their lives.


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