There are many ways communities can keep children interested in school until graduation. One way is to focus on what the child does well. Surprisingly, many of us will look at the child’s weaknesses, even as parents, overlooking the true strength the child possesses. The reason is sometimes the strength does not seem that practical to us as educators or parents. However, it is a wise educator or parent who sees the child’s strength no matter its impracticality.
When an adult looks at the strong trait in a child; he or she reassures the child that he or she is possessive of a special, unique quality. This awareness allows the child to hone in on an area he or she is naturally talented. Also, this reassurance develops self-confidence in the child to perhaps do well in other areas of his or her curriculum where it is he or she may prove not as strong. Here is what is meant: let us presume the child is lacking in a high skill level in any of the rudimentary subjects such as reading, writing and arithmetic. Rather than wringing our prideful hands in shame, we must assess where it is he or she is talented or interested.
Suppose the same child is masterful in playing the piano; or seems naturally attuned to music: certainly the world needs conductors and musical specialists. The world needs music educators; renowned musicians and persons who are ideal for the theater arts. Such a person just does not walk off the street and into our lives every day.
Therefore, do not compare the individual child to other children, rather look for the unique quality or interest he or she possesses first—that makes this child special in his or her own right. Naturally though many children are gifted enough in all the basic subjects: again such as reading, writing and math. However, the forerunner is how to motivate any of them to stay in school; regardless of their intellectual acumen.
As inferred: it becomes apparent we as educators and parents must applaud them in their educational endeavors rewarding progress in certain disciplines; and complimenting them with regard to their unique talents. Certainly, with the proper support as is provisioned by the simple, sincere appreciation of the child’s talent or improvement in certain areas of his or her schoolwork, it makes reasonable sense he or she will have the discipline to stay in school until graduation; embracing learning anew all of their adult life too.