The news is full of doom and gloom (but that’s what seems to sell) – special needs budgets have been cut, difficult children are excluded, exam pressure is causing mental health issues and pressure from social media is pushing children into doing things that they wouldn’t otherwise contemplate.
Parents have to deal with the outcomes, whether that’s worrying about what their children are seeing on social media or having to give up work to be at home with a child who has been taken off-roll, because the school is unable to cope.
There’s more to the education process than simply learning enough to pass exams. There are also mental and physical benefits.
At school, children learn communication – how to hold conversations (not something social media teaches them well). They discover how to deal with emotions – happiness, worry, fear, excitement and how to relate to others who are dealing with different emotions from their own.
Even the unsporty children get some exercise, even if that’s only ten minutes at break-time and a weekly PE class. Kids that play sport, especially team sports tend to be happier and more motivated, so do encourage your children to pursue activities that give them those positive feelings.
Singing has also been proven to generate endorphins that make you feel better, so if your child sings at school, in assembly, in music lessons or in a choir, you can be sure they’ll be getting lots of that feel-good factor.
Feeling good boosts the immune system and kids who are happy are usually healthier.
That doesn’t mean that school is a perfect environment, of course, there are exceptions. Less confident kids can find it overwhelming and find school is a big, scary place. However, with the right support from parents and, perhaps, the right professionals, they can deal with these fears and find aspects of school life that provide satisfaction for them too.
Education itself is a health benefit too!
Learning something and being able to understand it can generate positive vibes. Better still when you’ve learned something that your parents don’t know and you can ‘educate’ them!
Longer-term education creates the foundation for a career. The skills of being able to learn and apply what you’ve learned are essential for anyone who wants to pursue a career that grows.
Education creates confidence as the young person reveals the detail of each subject and it all makes sense. The problem only occurs when learning is a struggle.
Because of the teacher numbers in some schools, the resulting bigger classes and the very busy curriculum, it can happen that a child starts to fall behind in basic skills. The three Rs are the basis for most other subjects, so English and maths are the foundation stones of education.
We’ve found that helping children to catch up in the basics sets them up for a much more positive future and frees them from the fear of failure.
So, does your family benefit from healthy education?