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10 things kids hate about school (and 10 they love)

School-age kids report on what they adore and abhor about school



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What is it about school that stirs up such passions in our kids? We asked an informal panel of school-agers across the country what they adore and abhor about school. Not surprisingly, many say recess and gym light up their school day. But others just love learning about everything - from bugs to boats. Here are kids' report cards.

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Aug 8, 2012 2:21PM
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I hated recess during the winter as did all my friends; we would get in severe trouble for attempting to find solace indoors. Teachers roamed the wash rooms and hallways searching for us and kicking us out. I would love to see some of the teachers go stand outside when there is a -25 wind chill and attempt to have fun playing. 
Aug 8, 2012 11:09AM
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Go figure... Kids enjoy being active at recess and in gym classes, and don't enjoy all the BS jargon like 'nutrition break'. They also want more time for lunch. And here I thought kids liked having cuts to recess and lunch and turning everything into something apparently more meaningful and structured. Enough of the socializing, making friends, getting bumps, bruises, scrapes and cuts and growing up garbage, I thought. Kids want to be mindless book-smart robots. Boy was I wrong.
Aug 14, 2012 12:49PM
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If there is a -15 wind chill students stay inside in our Board of Education. Two teachers go outside to watch the students (it is a small school), so it isn't all fun and games to us at those temperatures either. I try to keep the drudgery to a minimum, and the kids seem to enjoy things. I did bring in caterpillars so they could watch them turn into butterflies, and we do lots of Science experiments. They work on Math in groups rather than silently. We do lots of Read-Alouds and they each get a chance to talk on the carpet.  

Kids these days actually aren't the same as we were growing up. Due to computers, they are much more visual and like to find out things rather than having them told to them. Anyone who stands up at the front of the class blathering on is going to bore them to tears. It's a challenge finding ways to keep them stimulated, but it's vital if you want to engage them and keep them learning. As I said in another thread, comments like, "I like math! Math is fun!" tell me I'm on the right track and make it all worthwhile.

Aug 14, 2012 11:55AM
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This is the really sad for children to have to stand/play outside in the cold,I understand that teachers need a break too,But maybe they should make it mandatory for all teachers to go out side ,See how long they last,with a -25 wind chill.

Aug 24, 2014 10:37AM
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What they hate: Homework hassles. Wait until you get to college or university. Your prof's are really going to pile the work on.....all of them. They won't care what's going on in your life outside of school or read below. (the out and about part). And if you fail, no free pass to the next level, bye-bye money and your education.
What they hate: Frosty recess. When you do flunk out of college, the only job you may get may be working outside in the frosty weather. Better get used to it.
What they hate: Wearying words. That's our PC world for you.
What they hate: Lunch-break blues. Some workplaces give you 10 minute breaks. Scarf your food down and regurgitate it later for better digestion or you get to eat your stale sandwich in one hand while digging a hole with the other. It's called multitasking.
What they hate: Numbing numbers. What barbaric reasoning should one count on their fingers. Oh, right. No electronic number counting-thingy and no brain power to do the counting manually with a pen and paper..... Archaic. Where's the abacus when you need one?
What they hate: Excruciating silence. Better get used to this one kids. Some employers will tell you, "If you can't talk and work at the same time, pick one, and it better be working" OR "If you can't keep your feet and hands moving, get the F*** out of here.(true story)
What they hate: Toilet trauma. Yep, sometimes those things just get out of control. Total anarchy ensues and sticky buns for everyone. Maybe your mother should be there to clean up your mess. Some would question how we're able to walk around with those, 'things'.
What they hate: Wheely boring busing. WHAT!!!??. No singing. No food fights. No bullying. Fire the bus driver, walk or get a ride from your parents. Hail to the bus driver indeed.
What they hate: All work, no play. Let's face it kids. Your parents didn't give you the full details about this going to school stuff. What other lies are they putting past you?

What they love: Getting out and about. Just don't get to know your teachers too well. Some bad incidents are tied up in the courts as we speak.....allegedly.

Best of luck to the future leaders of our society. Now go do some learnin'.


Aug 14, 2012 11:55AM
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This is the really sad for children to have to stand/play outside in the cold,I understand that teachers need a break too,But maybe they should make it mandatory for all teachers to go out side ,See how long they last,with a -25 wind chill.

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