Desire to Learn02/17
Students’ desire to learn is a conscious feeling expressing their wanting to gain knowledge. It is a dominant determinant elevating the students’ search for knowledge to its highest level of perfection.
Children are born with a natural desire to learn! Driven by this endowed desire to learn, babies learn how to babble sounds, turn onto their stomachs, crawl, sit up, balance while standing, walk ... Babies learn these skills by themselves–a process known as self-learning. This form of learning is an unequivocal determinant in the course of the child’s enlightenment and must be encouraged.
Encouraging a Child's Desire to Learn
Throughout the child’s early years, before entering kindergarten, parents are gifted with the responsibility of encouraging the child’s inborn desire to learn.
Well-grounded parents are prepared to provide the home environment and family support needed to nurture their child’s natural wanting to listen to stories, view pictures, color figures, pencil-scribble, watch videos, sing songs, run, jump, skip, play games … These well-grounded parents are able to assume the moral responsibility of readying their children for kindergarten.
Unfortunately, many disadvantaged parents may not be prepared to ready their children for kindergarten. This category of parents may include the following: educationally-limited parents; poverty-stricken parents; homeless parents; drug-using parents; abusive parents.
Children of parents unable to provide the home environment and family support needed to nurture a child’s natural desire to learn will be at a disadvantage when they enter kindergarten. And they will be at high risk to experience K-12 course failures and become a high-school dropout/non-graduate statistic.
In this regard, there is an urgent need to start a movement to encourage churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other non-profit childcare centers to offer a high-quality Pre-K educational experience for fortuneless children who have to spend their early childhood years in a non-encouraging home environment, an unsafe neighborhood, and exposed to unsavory cultures. Moreover, there is an urgent need to offer a high-quality in-service education-training program to enhance the teaching proficiencies of Head Start teachers. And finally, there is a need to initiate a required Pre-K experience for all children entering school for the first time.
Perpetuating the child’s natural desire to learn and readying Pre-K students to enter kindergarten encourages a promising K-12 experience preparing the next generation of parents with the nurturing skills and moral strength to provide a home environment and family support culture encouraging their children’s inborn desire to learn throughout their pre-school years.
The endowed desire to learn is enhanced by desirable classroom learning environment