Student social media users mentioned many interesting problems they faced in school. The majority of this #StudentProblems101 are classroom problems such as difficulty in understanding lessons, humiliation, stress, and boredom. Personal problems, on the other hand, include sleep deprivation and miserable weekends and holidays due to homework.
~ Poor Teaching
Poor teaching according to one study is associated with teacher’s lack of care and concern, poor social relationships, and insensitiveness to students learning requirements. In fact, student’s cognitive learning and enjoyment are highly dependent on the quality of teaching. The reason is that poor teachers decreased students’ self-confidence and motivation for learning and increase their anxiety while in the classroom.
Classroom problem such as humiliation according to these social media users commonly occur when the teacher mention his or her name as an example of a bad student. For instance, “Study hard and don’t be late like Paul.” According to the result of the study conducted by Breaux and Whittaker, most participants experienced humiliation from a teacher. Offensive teachers are those who humiliate students, blame students for problems in the classroom and engage in sarcasm. They are mean and cruel, play favorites, and self-centered.
~ Stress & Boredom
Students with teachers who take pride in punishing students often experience stress and boredom. For instance, some teachers systematically overload students with content and impose nearly unattainable objectives, make test difficult, and punish students with low grades. Indolent teachers, on the other hand, are those who deliver boring lectures, lack basic teaching skills, arrived late, neglect to grade homework, and make their classes too easy.
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There Is No Place Like Home
Students are young people with natural curiosity and eagerness to learn. However, they are also outgoing people with interest other than school. Putting pressure on a young person, therefore, is counterproductive and may lead to some negative attitude towards learning. For instance, a teenager consistently deprived of sleep and missed out things such as family gets together, sport events, and so on, because of homework, may eventually hate homework and school. Young people tend to see social demands of school life extremely difficult when they spend most of their days in study tables.
Study of issues in education suggests that most students seem to misbehave and hate school when they put much more time in homework. This is because young people need to play, spend time with family and friends, and do things they love. Although homework according to several studies has positive effects particularly in high school, the result of other studies suggests that it greatly affect students’ feelings and attitudes about school negatively. These include loss of interest in academic material and physical and emotional stress.
In reality, homework robs students of valuable leisure and family time and time to spend on developing other interest. Moreover, excessive lesson time and homework time eventually result to burn out or students alienation from the academic material. In fact, study shows that some students left school because of homework and exacerbate the division between high and low-income families. For instance, students from more progressive backgrounds are likely to have more time and parental support than those with disadvantaged demographic backgrounds.