The whine drifts from the bedrooms of kids around the globe: “Why is school so boring?” You have to spend the day listening to teachers present the same material they present every year to another group of students. Some subjects are fine but other subjects leave you asking yourself, “When will I ever need to know this?” Some material you have a hard time understanding and some subjects are so easy that they do not challenge you. And if that didn’t seem bad enough, some teachers give you homework so you can’t escape when you leave school! If you can’t see why you need to be at school or how you will use the knowledge, you will find it boring.
However, the biggest reason school is boring is your attitude! Anything in life will be boring to the person who makes it boring. An important lesson I learned early in my life is that I cannot control what happens but I can control my reaction to it and my attitude about it. I cannot control the fact that I may have to wait in a lobby for a doctor’s appointment or that something has been delayed causing me to wait, I can prepare so that I can make that downtime useful by bringing a good book to read or have a conversation with someone else waiting. If you have an attitude to make the best out of any situation, you can find interest, and maybe excitement, in almost any place and in any circumstance.
Likewise, since you have to go to school and study, approach it with an attitude of curiosity and interest in your world. Classes like history give you examples of behavior to repeat or avoid and sometimes inspirational stories to motivate you to accomplish great things. English is critical in our society since the ability to communicate with others effectively will help you succeed in business and in all of your relationships. You will find that math skills are important for so many areas of your personal and professional life. Even physical education and health can provide valuable knowledge to help you stay fit for life. There are things that I wished I learned more effectively in school that would be useful today. In fact, I’ve had to go back on my own and learn some skills that I did not apply myself to learn in school. It is easier to do when you are young.
Try approaching school with an attitude of curiosity and adventure and you will be amazed at how school suddenly will not be so boring. Approach other activities in your life that seem boring with an attitude of interest and you will notice how exciting life can be.