Many people who leave school hold a negative attitude towards learning. Why does this happen? What do you think would encourage them to have a positive attitude?
It is a harsh reality of today that many students are not satisfied with their education at school and have a negative attitude when they leave school. In this essay I shall discuss some reasons for this phenomenon and suggest some ways forward.
First and foremost, after having graduated from school they are not sure of getting a suitable job. They see examples of their seniors around them who are still struggling to find jobs and even those who have found jobs are being underpaid and exploited.
Another reason for their negative attitude towards learning is that their course of study was forced upon them by their parents and their aptitude was not taken into consideration. For example, a student who wants to make his career in the field of music is forced to study engineering cannot be expected to be positive about his studies.
Finally, the strained teacher-student relation can affect the learning attitude of a student even after they have left school. The ugly claws of commercialism have crept into the field of education. Education has become a business and the student is the customer. Teachers are biased towards the rich or the brilliant students and this is very detrimental for the education process.
There could be many ways to address this situation. Firstly, while selecting courses, the students’ aptitude should be taken into consideration.
Parents also need counseling in this matter. Secondly, the infrastructure of the educational institutes should be improved which includes the faculty also. The pay scale of the teachers should be so lucrative that the best people want to enter this profession. Finally, there should be more stress in teaching a wide range of subjects rather than a narrow range so that when the student enters the job market there are a variety of choices for him to work in.
In summary, quite a number of students hold a negative attitude towards learning but there are also ways to encourage them re-pick up their positive attitude.