Our schools have a key role to play in all of our lives. After all, where would any of us be without education?
As a parent, we are our child’s first teacher and first introduction to the world. However, once they are ready to go to school, it’s time to allow them to broaden their horizons and to allow others to help them to become the confident and smart adults that they will one day be. Although many of us believe that schools are all about academic achievement, in fact, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Teachers influence children in so many ways, by encouraging interactions and boost their social and emotional development.
Our community’s teachers are vital to our children’s development and success in life and I believe that we should all be helping our educational professionals to do their job by ensuring that they have all of the tools they need to get the job done, whether that be the textbooks that they need to teach the latest subjects or whether it be something as simple as sitting in a comfortable chair to allow for better concentration and focus.
Of course, the primary role of a school is to help every student to reach their maximum academic potential, however, that isn’t just down to the basics like numeracy and literacy. Children need to solve problems and seek for solutions if they want to be successful in their professional and personal life. Perseverance is also essential as a life skill, ensuring that children will not give up, no matter what, and even if they fail they will pick themselves up and start again.
While academic brilliance is important, poor social skills are the death knell of any career. Schools have a key role in aiding children to learn how to interact well with teachers and their peer group, both inside the classroom and in the playground too. If social and emotional development are ignored during childhood, adults may be academically gifted, however, they may struggle to communicate with others and may have poor self-esteem. Being able to connect with other people in an empathetic and caring way is essential to long-term success.
As well as academic achievement and social abilities, having a good character is very important too. In the same way that schools teach arithmetic, writing and reading, schools also help children to learn integrity, empathy, respect and compassion. Being able to wait your turn to speak, being able to discuss issues without arguing or fighting and by having a good understanding of their own values and morals will ensure that the child grows to become a well-rounded person.
Schools introduce children to many opportunities. From an early age, through exposure to a range of traditions, cultures and nationalities, children shape their views of their environment while projects and field trips allow children to experience and try different things. Extracurricular activities broaden horizons further, helping children to enjoy a range of sports and other opportunities like cheerleading, working with younger year groups, being a class president, or trying acting or music. These experiences help to make young people fully rounded.