How do you properly prepare children for a future that seems to be becoming increasingly unclear? Parents had their say in a survey by scoyo and expressed their wishes and fears for their children’s school days.
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The different opinions on the subject of the school system are at least as varied and different as the school landscape itself. We at scoyo want to clarify with our survey "Problem child education system – this is how parents think about school" what parents think of the current schooling of their children – and in Connection also experience what the parents would also want for their children. A representative survey was carried out with 1000 parents. The The original question: The school prepares children well for the future?
Only 34% answered with a clear “yes”. So is one Majority of parents are not firmly convinced, that school to children right tools for the future mitgibt. 40% of parents say very clearly that they do not see their children well prepared for the future. What are the concrete fears of the parents?
Fears of an unclear future
The fear that the child could be in a rapidly changing world to lose connection, shared 39% of parents. At 38%, the fear of not being able to cope with the pressure to perform is also an important aspect. These fears were more common among parents with lower educational qualifications than among academics. These answers coincide with a general attitude towards the future, which is perceived as ever faster, more complicated and less clear. But what is missing from the education system because of why these fears are so common among parents?
Education experts measure that interactive, audiovisual learning with multiple senses. But only 15% of parents think that this is how they learn in school. Only 16% of parents attest creative knowledge transfer to the school system. Individual support is also neglected at 21% Daniel Bialecki from scoyo: “We know that children can better remember learning content if it is packed in an exciting and everyday way. This has a positive effect on motivation, one of the most important prerequisites for effective learning. Digital media can do this kind of creative knowledge transfer. But schools have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to creative digital knowledge transfer. ”
Parents had their say in the scoyo survey © scoyo
Health and personal happiness are more important than grades
But what does the future look like that parents want for their children? They particularly often wish for health (92%) and private happiness (88%). With 79% each one strong self-confidence and a job that is fun, The most important concrete wishes for the future of children – but this is exactly where the problem begins: Children who are only rated according to results and not according to effort due to the grading system at school often define themselves to a large extent through these assessments. So a bad grade can shake your self-confidence.
Here you can to catch a lot as parents: Instead of looking at the result grade, whether good or bad, you could deliberately focus your attention on the effort your child has made. Because the grade 3, behind which there is six hours of learning, is at least as commendable as a 1, for which the subject only had to be repeated briefly. So you take the pressure off your child to reach a certain grade and signal to him that his Effort definitely with a Praise rewarded becomes. In general, your child can also learn from the future that it is always worthwhile to make an effort and that it is never bad to make an effort – no matter how the evaluation ultimately turns out.
Desire for more space for social skills
School subjects such as German, math or English are taught conscientiously. But do the school subjects really cover everything the kids need for their future? The mere imparting of factual knowledge is no longer the main thing for parents, just as a well-paid job is no longer the top priority. According to the survey, 64% of parents particularly want the school to teach social skills, 57% consider the ability to learn independently to be particularly important. Many teachers try to teach this competence through group work or other alternatives to frontal teaching. To build this further, you could Encourage your child to start a study group: This not only strengthens the children’s social skills, they can also support each other in learning at the same time. And let’s be honest: the three or four of the school material is only half as dry.
To encourage your child to learn independently, you, as parents, can also make your contribution: after a long day or when things have to go fast, it is tempting to take the pencil in your own hands or to end the poster shape – Here it helps to be aware that your child will also be able to do this on its own, even if it may take longer. It would be a shame to deprive your child of this learning experience and the feeling that you have solved a task yourself. Help with homework is of course important – but it is enough if you have your child at the beginning of the learning phase say that you are always there, if help is needed.
What is neglected in class is the social skills that the kids need all their lives. This includes learning mindfulness, building self-confidence and self-esteem, conveying empathy and tolerance, an awareness of environment and also – very important – the (critical) use of digital media. Here too, as parents, you are often still in a position to convey what did not happen at school. When dealing with media, it helps, for example, to initially support children or to explore digital media together and to convey to them both the advantages and the risks that must be taken into account when using them. 79% of parents felt it was important to have these media represented in everyday school life.
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