I’ve been working in education field for 3 years and I can say that I understand this world better than before. One thing that really bothers me is the increasing number of anxiety in young children due to the load of their school works. My students would come to my place with their uniforms (did not have time to go home and change the clothes … or having a nice lunch) and that ‘oh-no-Cicil-again’ look. Well, they don’t mind with me, but they do mind when I started to open their school bags.
This week is the most hectic week for P3 students. They have 4 tests in 4 days and they’re all unit tests, not just spelling test or practice. Bahasa Indonesia on Tuesday – Science on Wednesday – Math on Thursday – and English on Friday. Oh, I haven’t told you about the school works and home works. I feel bad for my students, because they always look very tired every time they finished school.
I have an A+ student who never missed the 1st spot in every term. Well, he could be excluded from the general population who suffer anxiety and depression. Let’s just focus on the general population who feels depressed. One of my students said that her mother is always busy with her work and never really took care of her. So, her mom will review her school works around 10pm after she closed her store! This poor child get to bed at 12, so you can guess how she perform at school.
I believe that we need to implement a school-based mental health programs, in which children’ psychosocial factors are being taken care of by the school and/or parents. It’s not just merely academic, because by enhancing their social and emotional competencies, students can learn and achieve academically too.
So, way to go teachers …