While most students start losing their enthusiasm for learning during the middle and high school years, others can still develop it. To determine if schools are creating a climate where kids can pursue their interests and be enthusiastic about society, researchers at the University of Michigan fitted 800 sixth to 12th-graders with wristwatches and asked them to fill out questionnaires whenever a signal appeared. It was found that the lowest levels of happiness were experienced in school, while the highest were found outside.
While the early childhood years are critical for establishing a child’s sense of self-efficacy, it is also important for young children to experience society in an authentic manner. When kids are young, they have very limited social interaction, and their only contact with other people is with family members. This means that schooling exposes kids to new ideas and societies, which fosters sociable behaviors. Education also contributes to the growth of a kid’s thought process, and a positive attitude towards learning is important for their future.
The early years of a child’s development are critical in developing an enthusiastic attitude toward learning and socializing. As a child begins to use their knowledge and experiences to make their futures better than their past, they will begin to apply these lessons to their everyday lives. This is a prime opportunity for schools to teach our kids the importance of contributing to society. By offering more opportunities for learning and developing social skills, schools can create a more global perspective for children.