“I Didn’t Learn Anything At School Today”

My son (Ben) came home from school one day and said the above, he was quite proud of it too.

“Why didn’t you learn anything at school,” I asked.

“I already knew what they taught in maths. Then we had extra play time. And got to watch a movie,” said Ben.

Fair enough I said. But the quote has stuck in my mind since.

I didn’t tell Ben that I was pretty sure he learned something, he was so pleased at not having to do proper work that I didn’t want to spoil his happiness.

Though I have thought about that one comment since.

The fact that Ben was so happy for not ‘having to learn’.

The fact that Ben associates learning as something that doesn’t make him as happy as playing.

It’s not rocket science, but shouldn’t we be making kids feel happy to learn?