It's not always easy to get your kids to love school, right? Some kids are all in and love every moment, from the first time they step into a classroom till that big walk across the stage, diploma in hand. Other kids ... not so much! And we get it - it's not always fun, and it's a lot of hard work. But it's so important to instill a love of education and learning in our kids, and encourage them to embrace their time in the classroom and dedicate themselves to their studies. And a new study out of Finland suggests that the way a kid feels about school is actually influenced by their parents' own educational level. The study delves into inequalities in educational opportunities and finds that kids whose parents have attained higher education levels and are part of a higher socioeconomic status generally feel more positive about school, and feel more optimistic about education. It's an interesting study, and it really highlights how much we can influence our kids.
The study, published in the public policy journal Yhteiskuntapolitiikka, looked at the differences in how kids feel about school and how those feelings relate to their parents' own educational levels and socioeconomic status. Researchers divided students into three groups, based on their commitment to school and their education. 29% of students in the study had a positive outlook when it came to school, while 11% of the students had a negative outlook. But how that relates to their parents is where it gets interesting. Nearly 1/3 of students who had a positive outlook had parents who held a degree from higher education. On the other hand, more than a quarter of the kids who felt negatively about school had parents who held, at most, a basic degree. Only one tenth of those parents held a degree from university.
Researchers believe that the differences in how kids feel about school may also reflect how involved their parents are in their schooling and education. 86% of the kids who liked school reported that their parents routinely took part in parents' evenings, while only 60% of the kids who didn't like school reported the same. Additionally, the majority of kids who liked school said their parents regularly helped with homework, and less than half of the kids who had negative feelings about school said the same. But it's important to note that the parental involvement (or lack thereof) is not necessarily due to parent indifference; one-fifth of the kids who didn't like school reported their parents often struggled financially, while only 9% of kids who did like school had parents who experienced financial hardship.