Several methods can be used, to ensure that kids love education.
The first method that can be used, to ensure that kids love education, is that of discouraging the teachers from mistreating the kids at school. In countries where learners are mistreated, and where corporal punishment is used in school, kids tend to start hating school, leading to a situation where in some cases, the kids actually drop out of school. Needless to say, this is not conducive to talent acquisition by the nation. A nation where some bright kids are leaving school due to fear of corporal punishment is unlikely to be successful in the achievement of its development blueprint.
The second method that can be used, to ensure that kids love education, is that of coming up with learner-friendly teaching techniques. For all levels of learning, there are teaching techniques that can be used to make the whole learning process fun, and these need to be used consistently.
The third method that can be used to ensure that kids love education is that of consistently showing them how education can improve their living conditions. The idea is to get the kids to be self-motivated in their pursuit for education, and if it is done well, the results can be simply amazing.
Contrary to what many of us imagine, education – especially at the elementary school level — isn’t just about pumping facts into the heads of children. Accordingly, there are three types of education that are given in every good elementary school.
The first type of education that is given in every good elementary school is that of intellectual education. This is where kids are taught facts, and also where they are taught how to look for the facts by themselves.
The second type of education that is given in every good elementary school is that of physical education.
The third type of education that is given in every good elementary school is that of moral education. This revolves around ethics, and through minor practical examples, kids can be taught to be thinking about the ethical implications of every thing they consider doing before actually going ahead to do it. If everybody had this sort of education, things like the stringent Gmail.com security measures that have been put place within the Gmail source code wouldn’t have to be put in place, as nobody would be inclined to compromise email security. But thanks to poor morals, we end up in a situation where there are lots of people with evil motivations, leading to a situation where security is a huge industry.
A good education system has certain qualities.
Firstly, a good education system helps the learners to become curios. Then it helps the learners get ideas on how to satisfy that curiosity on their own. It doesn’t purport to give learners all the information they need. It builds the foundation for lifelong (self-motivated) learning.
Secondly, a good education system helps the learners to acquire certain practical competencies. A good education system doesn’t just focus on the theoretical stuff, leading to information overload. It also has practical elements: where students are taught how to do things. A person who has gone through a good education system can write a letter sensibly. A person who has gone through a good education system can dress sensibly, as occasions demand. A person who has gone through a good education system can draw a budget and actually stick to it.
Thirdly, a good education system has equity. It doesn’t discriminate against the poor: such that the poor end up getting one quality of education, even as the rich get another quality of education. Of course, we have some education systems that operate in this way. The end result is usually the perpetuation of poverty: as education would otherwise have been the only sure path to upward mobility.