Reason for Kids Not Liking School

By Victoria Thompson
Support your child and try to turn his dislike of school into a positive experience.
Support your child and try to turn his dislike of school into a positive experience.

Kids spend many of their productive hours at school, and yet, many dislike it. What should be a positive experience has sadly, for some, turned into torture. Such negative feelings could turn into anxiety and prevent the student from succeeding if not dealt with immediately. Parents should communicate with the child to find out how to become instrumental in turning school into the nurturing environment that it was meant to be.

Being Bullied

School bullies have always been around, but the bullying issue has escalated. If your child tells you he's being bullied or you suspect that he is, discuss the situation with him. Inform teachers and school officials, whether the bullying happened on school grounds or was cyberbullying. Both are equally threatening and dangerous. Your child deserves to attend school in a safe environment without being victimized.

Difficult Classwork

When a student feels that assignments are too difficult or he's overwhelmed by the workload, he may resent school. Usually, if he's tuned out of learning, he will not ask for help when needed. Fear of embarrassment could cause him to hesitate to ask questions in a large class of peers. After all, what kid wants to feel like he's the only one not understanding concepts? Maybe your child does best with a method of learning that's not addressed in the lesson delivery. If the teacher does not support his personal learning style, he could become bored with school.

Strict Rules

Having numerous school rules could stifle a student if he doesn't realize their importance. If the school requires a dress code, he's not able to express his individuality through clothing and must find another creative outlet. Some kids challenge rules as a way of trying to gain superiority. This is never a good idea, since it wastes valuable class time for other students and the teacher. Students who are constantly non-compliant usually have to face severe consequences with school administration and run the risk of being labeled as problem students.

Long Hours

The school day often seems like it's never going to end. Every minute in the schedule is accounted for, with little down time. A student attends school for seven to eight hours and then makes it home, only to spend another two to three hours completing homework. He may wonder when the fun begins. When he has limited time to spend with family and friends, the student could become resentful and wonder if school is really worth the hard work.

About the Author

Based in North Carolina, Victoria Thompson has taught middle school for the past 15 years. She holds a Masters of Education in middle school instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She teaches English daily to English as a second language students.