In this article we dissect why your teen might have a complete lack of motivation at high school, and why it’s not their fault; why the traditional school system does not cater for their needs, and what we can do about it.
We haven’t been broadcasting it far and wide, but for the purposes of this article it’s relevant — our baby girl was born in April this year.
Having our gorgeous girl has opened us up to the enormous community and infrastructure that surrounds the world of babies and young children. It’s quite staggering. There is just SO MUCH information, help, support and resources dedicated to making sure that children grow up to be the best they can be.
Play groups for all ages, toy libraries, free seminars, library reading sessions, baby shows, nursery rhymes, playgrounds, about a million mummy blogs — and the list goes on.
But then these children reach high school age, and the creativity, effort, infrastructure and support for children seems to evaporate in a musty-old-book-smell cloud of smoke.
And what are high school teens left with? Text books, a white board and an underpaid teacher who doesn’t have the resources they need to inspire 30 teenagers.
Of course the classroom has changed a lot since we were all at high school and the word ‘technology’ meant the wood work class — digital technology is finding its way into the classroom and some schools are really trying to improve and modernize the educational experience they’re delivering.
BUT it has to be said — the world cares a LOT about the learning of young children and does everything possible to make sure they are happy and inspired and that education is delivered in a way that is both educational AND fun (because we know that’s the best kind of education!), and that it cares much less about how education is delivered to high school teens.
Well, that’s all a bit depressing isn’t it! No wonder so many teens are disillusioned, disappointed and downright bored at high school.
Traditional high school learning suits self-driven teens who are lucky enough to be able to take in, process and retain information (i.e. study!) all on their own.
If your teen isn’t self-driven or is missing the tools they need to be competent at these three aspects of studying, then all of a sudden the mystery about why they’re not reaching their academic potential is not so mysterious.
The truth is, they’re not going to get the grades they’re capable of simply by turning up to school and going through the motions of traditional classroom learning. They’re going to have to figure out how THEY best take in, process and retain information, and apply this Study Formula every time they sit down at their desk at home.
It’s not fair on them, but that’s the only way they’re going to get the grades they’re capable of. They’ll have to take their learning into their own hands, and figure out what works for them. In other words, they have to figure out what their unique Study Formula is.
Regrettably, the classroom may not provide your teen with the motivation and tools they need to reach their academic potential, but they’re still lucky because they’ve got YOU! And in just the same way you wanted to make sure that your little baby got the very best start in life, you can help your teen give themselves the very best shot at reaching their potential at high school.
Hopefully, by the time our little girl gets to high school, the world will better appreciate that ALL OF US, from 0 to 100, learn in different ways and learn most effectively when we’re inspired and engaged. Right now, the dedicated infrastructure recognizing this is not there. But you are, and we are too, and together there’s no reason why your teen can’t figure out what inspires them to learn and be the best that they can be.
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