Empowering children to believe in themselves, to know their rights, and to know that they are worthy of respect transforms the educational process from rote memorization into a path of self discovery and personal success.
Being empowered means having confidence in oneself. It is not false, unearned approval from parents and teachers. Empowering children teaches them to set goals and helps them learn to be responsible for themselves. Empowerment also teaches children to respect the rights of others. These valuable life skills are useful in every aspect of life, from school to jobs and relationships.
Learning cannot be forced
Failing to empower children to take ownership of their education and their life creates an environment in which sullen resentment and disinterest take the place of their natural joy in learning. Sitting in rows, silent and subservient, children are rarely given the opportunity to discover their natural gifts and interests. By empowering children to believe in themselves and in their right to succeed and flourish, they are more likely to explore, question, and thrive, both in and out of the classroom.
By empowering children to believe in themselves, they are better able to handle and learn from their mistakes and those of others. Failures are only failures if they cause a person to give up. An empowered child is far more likely to continue their efforts, in spite of disappointments, because they have confidence in their own abilities and worth.
An un-empowered child is often the victim of bullying. Bullying can destroy a child’s ability to learn and often results in dropping out of school entirely. Empowering children helps them to be confident about setting boundaries and protecting themselves because they know that they deserve to be treated with respect. A confident child is far less likely to be bullied in the first place.
A child who has been raised to believe in their abilities and rights is already on the path of self discovery. Empowered children feel safe in exploring the world around them, learning new skills, and trying out a wider range of career possibilities. This confidence translates into an open willingness within the classroom to try approaching new skills and subjects in a variety of ways. It also helps them to learn from others.
An empowered child knows that they are capable of learning, demonstrating mastery, and sharing their knowledge. This realistic confidence is a necessary component to learning in any environment.