Why Schools Are Important: 5 Benefits of Education for Students (3 of 3)

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The school life may not be for everyone but it is still essential for all to get the much needed education. It may seem like it is slow in catching up with the modern times but it is still important.

There are many benefits to being school educated. You can read about its importance for adults in the second part of this blog series. For students, the benefits are below.

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Before we get to the list, watch this video on a teenager's extraordinary journey with education. Think about what each student today can do with the current education the schools are providing.

(Video credit: TEDx Talks via YouTube)


School education exercises our brains to process plenty of information. It can be lost or it can be retained depending on what our needs are. The current school system is not perfect yet it provides stock knowledge. It needs improvement yet still has several benefits. Here are 5 things schools can provide.




1. The perfect venue to develop social skills.

Schools are where we learn how to interact with a lot of different people. How will you learn to deal with bullies early in life if you are not in school? How will you learn to be a better person when you are not challenged and hurt by others? Will you know how to treat other people the good and better way if you are not in school?

Some previously home schooled individuals experienced a hard time socially integrating with peers upon return. What more if they never got schooling before college?

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In the same way we learned how to walk and ride a bike, we all need to get hurt and bruised before we can run and go around biking. Nobody grows as a person by being cocooned and protected all the time. We are social beings so we grow more when we get hurt by others and also if we hurt other people whether intentionally or not. What better way to interact with a lot of peers than in schools?

Schooled kids will not be considered as oddballs for being home schooled and won't need to be on the defensive upon becoming adults. Yes people can either be introverted, extroverted or ambiverted, that's fine. As long as we are able to interact with people, we will continue to learn and grow. We will learn how to appreciate each other's differences as young as we are if exposed to many of our peers at an early age. 

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2. Access to the proper tools and the right environment for learning.

If people learn in groups, an individual will be less afraid, lazy or bored to explore and do something. Of course there will also be leaders who can help peers along the way. This is how working in groups can help students grow.

On their own, a child will always be out exploring things right? Children are natural scientists. Older ones can also do dangerous things if without proper tools or guidance.

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Let's say a child sees a frog. Unless that person is very smart and curious on how the amphibian bodies work, yes they might catch the animal and kill it and stuff. They would have to kill plenty of frogs before they maybe learn anything. That would be a waste of frog life and can be a health or mental concern. All that for the sake of personal education one can also learn more of in school? (Yes there are other examples you can share in the comments below.)

Schools have all the essential equipment and tools for students to learn about anything under the sun. It may not be a lot in some underfunded institutions but it can certainly be more than what are in people's homes. 

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3. Students learn to be cooperative, competitive and excel in various fields.

Without peers or fellow students, there will be less motivation to do well in studying science, math, history or sports and other subjects. Without schools, students will probably be roaming around exploring things without proper guidance. Not everyone is good at learning on their own. Not everyone is good at teaching too so they may find it hard to get the education they need outside of school.

Being in educational institutions and able to talk or share experiences with your fellow students at any age would be a big help too. Even introverts need social interactions. One can be part of study groups even if he/she is shy. Anyone can engage in even a little bit of competition to improve themselves.

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Students can compete individually for the highest grade or students can compete as a group like in quiz bees or inter/intraschool competitions. Remember, any competition is always better than monopoly. 

Being in educational institutions also encourages team work. A successful team will not be possible without members learning how to work together. This teaches individual students the social skills needed to be in an adult working environment.




4. Better peer camaraderie, better friendships

School group work increases camaraderie, strengthens friendships and further goals better. Not being in a school environment makes socializing difficult for some people, what more if the child is an only child? Those who are not exposed to a lot of people early on may tend to do things on their own thus make their own lives difficult.

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With peers, one learns the value of group work and being in an organization of sorts. Even if a student does not join school groups, one can still learn to work in groups just by being in a classroom.

One does not always need to be in just a single group of peers. Young people change friends all the time. More people to interact with means other students to find something in common with.





5. Best place to find like-minded peers

Being in school allows one to find more people with the same interests as you. Being with schoolmates who have the same interests will definitely make you happier. Sharing one's experiences and interests with other people is one of the best feelings in the world.

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As a student, there is a higher chance to be with peers who have the same likes or favorites as you. Student organizations like the school paper, the art or theater club, the sports club, etc., will be able to enhance your skills too. Of course challenges and competitions will not be absent but this will also provide better exposure to peer encouragement. This can be important even as an adult.


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And that's it.

So, what do you think of the above? Have you thought of other benefits of students being in school? It is such a great place to be, why not take advantage of it?

If school is not for other people and they want to leave instead, it is up to them and their parents to find a better way to learn. It can be their loss later on or not. It really depends on the support the parents provide. Also, it can depend on what other adults can offer and how the student/s is as a person. It is better to find a way to make things work for you instead of just running away from it because of the pain or difficulties it causes.

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Remember this saying: "No pain, no gain," or in Filipino, "Pag walang tiyaga, walang nilaga." Being in school may be a hassle to some students but it is a necessary aspect in growing up. It helps people to be better adults as opposed to someone who have never gone or stopped going to school.

Yes there are exceptions to the rule, as always. There are those who succeed early or later in life even after dropping out of school or always getting grades in the line of Ds or Fs. (I haven't heard any local success story like that though. I guess we just don't focus on those things around here.) 

Being successful while lacking education doesn't mean everybody should not go to classes anymore. Remember, people do not have the same learning abilities. Each person learns a different way. It is up to the student and their parents to support and find out how the children are able to learn better whether in school or at home. We also have different teachers and schools. These variations will result in different kinds of people.

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A worldwide consensus on improving the education system seems to be brewing for a while now. We have to update the education process to match the present times. Maybe we can follow Finland's system because they are currently #1 or make some of our own. As long as this is addressed real soon, I'm sure we'll meet the pressing needs of the future.

(Video credit: The School of Life via YouTube)






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