TL;DR – Schools and community groups offer students space to study.
It’s that time of the year again. Exams. If you are a loyal customer of Starbucks or McDonald’s, that means you will be familiar with what happens this period of time. You will find it difficult to find a table at Starbucks or McDonald’s.
Because you will many, if not most of the tables will be taken up by students studying. Students like this:
I know some of us find it irritating. But. Some times, these students have no choice. Why do we say that? Because we were once like those students too, hogging the tables.
Well, maybe without the rude message.
Why did we do that? Well, it’s because it’s often difficult for us to find a conducive place to study. Too many temptations at home (the bed… incredibly difficult to resist the siren call of the bed). So, it’s McDonald’s and Starbucks.
Viable alternatives available
But that is slowly starting to change. Schools and community organisations like churches are providing students with conducive spaces to study. At least 10 secondary schools and JCs allow students to do their own revision on their premises even late into the night. Those premises aren’t just more conducive, they also allow the students to support one another.
That’s not the best part.
In some schools, such as Pioneer JC, students get free dinner about once a week. Parents bring and serve the food. Teachers are also rostered to to provide consultations to students. Students have the roster of which teachers are on duty. That means can plan and prepare questions to ask the teachers.
As if free food, conducive environment, and teachers on hand aren’t attractive enough, revising in school can also provide additional motivation to students. When students see other students study, it spurs them on to do the same.
That’s what education should be
We are happy that these students now have conducive environments to revise in that isn’t Starbucks or McDonald’s. This means that there will be less students hogging tables at Starbucks or McDonald’s. that means more tables for us.
But those aren’t the only reasons we are happy. We are happy that parents are getting involved. Rather than just placing the responsibility of educating students solely on teachers, it’s great that parents are working with teachers to support students in their educational journey.
As they say, it takes a village to raise a child.
We hope this is the shape of things to come
As expected, students have given positive feedback about these initiatives. The positive feedback have encouraged the schools to carry on with the practice. We hope that more schools will adopt the practice. More importantly, we hope more parents will get involved. This will not only contribute to the education of our children, it would also strengthen our social fabric.
So. To all principals, if your school still hasn’t started letting students revise in your school premises into the night, what’s stopping you?