Fortunate students spend about a quarter of their lives in school, studying hard, hoping for a better future. Spending so much time in school, students learn plenty about math and science but not about the school itself. Well, prepare yourself, grasshopper, for a few lessons on school. Here are the 25 Common Things About School You Didn’t Know.
Students rely on school for internet access.
The internet has become the must-have source for research and information today. Yet, many low-income students don’t have access to the internet at home. Studies show 97% of low-income students rely on their school to provide them with internet access. Unfortunately, 40 million students still don’t have internet access at school.
Not all schools are created equal.
Schools around the world have different standards for their students. Japanese high schools have higher standards and requirements than American. For instance, a graduating Japanese high school senior has the equivalent education as an American second-year student in college.
The fear of school
There’s a phobia for everything! That includes students having a legitimate fear of school. It’s called Didaskaleinophobia and can affect kids of all ages. Reasons vary by age and situation, but some include separation anxiety, peer pressure, and struggling with subjects in school.
Poor school attendance
Whether they’re faking an illness or on vacation, most kids love to get out of attending school. However, poor attendance can predict future academic performance. Roughly 7.5 million students in the U.S. miss almost a month of school each year. Consistent poor attendance by sixth grade can lead to a student dropping out of school entirely.
Kids change schools often.
Kids frequently change schools in America. Studies show 26% of elementary age kids change schools at least once, and 42% of kids ages 12 and older do as well. However, many studies have also shown that children frequently changing schools can be detrimental to their mental health and academics.