Many factors have a positive or aversive influence upon a child’s education. To optimize the positive influences and limit the negative influences one must first understand the primary factors that come into play with regard to education.
One of the most important influences in education is “worldview”. Worldview comes into the equation from a variety of sources. Every curriculum, text book, and teacher has a worldview that influences the students. Parents need to identify what that worldview is and whether or not it is healthy for their children. One worldview can lean towards a disregard for education in and of itself, whereas another can challenge students to love learning in whatever form throughout their entire lives. One worldview can promulgate philosophy that hinders personal growth and restricts the students from experiencing true life whereas others can free them, thereby preparing them to mature into their destiny. Thus, worldviews are instrumental in education whether they are good influences or not so good.
Parents are also of primary influential importance. If children do not have the support of parents who value their education and help challenge them to learn, do their homework and pay attention in class, they will not adopt the necessary drive to become well educated. Parents cannot relegate the education of their children to the school system, whether public or private. They need to be actively involved in the process of their children’s education and maintain a high value for academic excellence. Just the same, a negative parental influence can be as much about over involvement as it can be about under involvement. If the parent rides the children to such great lengths that they begin to abhor education there is a problem. There needs to be a healthy support, not a lack of support or an over exertion of parental authority pushing children to their exhaustion.
Peers are another factor in gaining an education. If the child has trouble socializing or has friends that are bad influences they could be under achieving due to peer pressure. Also, they could become distracted by the values of the peers away from education. It is important for parents to know the friends of their kids and help their children navigate through any problems.
The school system itself can have a positive or negative influence. For instance, if the child dislikes the school they may dislike education in general which could cause lasting problems. Parents can help by listening to their child and find out why there seems to be a disinterest in learning or a dislike for the school. Not every school is for every child. Not every method of learning works for every child. Some need one on one help. Others thrive best in a class room full of children. Some need a structured environment and some need a creatively free environment. Pay attention to what is the real issue hindering the child’s education and a solution will become more obvious.
The aforementioned influences are an overview of a few big impact influences that one needs to pay attention to when making educational decisions for children. These factors can even affect college age youth or adults. They are the big picture factors that can make it or break it for getting a good education. Many problems can be avoided by examining the environment, the worldview and the parental involvement, and make sure it is of optimum health for the student. There will always be factors influencing education, but careful navigation can thwart unwanted influences and maximize the desired ones increasing the smooth sailing of the educational experience.