The idea of an “education researcher” is unusual, given that this person after studying an issue for years arrives at a conclusion any teacher could have explained to him in one minute. Professor Jouni Valijarvi of the Finnish Institute of Educational Research has spent years to find out that about one third of Finnish students dislike school! Wow! Isn’t that surprising! The good professor also has discovered something only about 90% of educators knew from being a teacher– “weak skills, losing faith in one’ own ability to learn, and lack of enthusiasm for further studies tend to accumulate on the same pupils.” In plain English this means if you lack good reading or writing skills, grades go down and you wind up hating school.
Of course, the flip side of this story is that about 70% of students like school. Most feel this is “their school” and they enjoy being in it. It would be interesting to know what percent of teachers dislike school and dislike some students. After all, a teacher is really human.