Most of us adults flinch when a child under our care says, “My teacher hates me” or “I hate doing homework!” There are many tips readily found in Google about how to trick your student into liking education: make it fun, explain it better, connect to a larger story, bribe them, etc. All creative methods, but the Club has uncovered the secret: kids don’t hate homework or their teachers - they are just frustrated.
Kids don’t hate education. In fact, the Club’s experience shows that students love to learn, so we invest a tremendous amount of resources helping students overcome their frustrations. Each day, the Club insists students take some of their “prime play time” and invest in doing their homework or reading. The Club knows that a quality education is a valuable thing.
The message is getting through. Students freely come to the Club and do their homework and, judging by the smiles and laughter, enjoy the experience. When questioned about doing her own homework, 9-year-old Stephanie stated, “Jonathan needs help with his reading because he doesn’t know how.” The Club’s members have adapted Don Bosco’s methodology of education: teach the heart.