School Should be Fun…Learning is Fun!

Calligraphy:  Photo by Peter Griffin, via Public Domain

A father once said to me at a parent-teacher conference, “I don’t send my son to school to have fun.  I send him to learn.”

I responded with, “I wonder how much he will actually be learning if he isn’t having any fun.  When was the last time you really learned something well, and you didn’t have fun?”

He thought for a while and replied, “I can’t think of anytime I ever learned something, important or not, where I didn’t have fun.  It wasn’t all of it fun.  Some was frustrating while I was working something out.  But I see your point.  Fun was always a significant component.  The things I learned while not having fun were soon forgotten.  Wow!  I never thought about that.”

I’ve thought about it a lot because while I “learned” enough in school to get As and Bs and to pass the classes and graduate, I never behaved like a student unless I was having fun, and the things I “learned” to pass tests were forgotten almost before I got out the door.  I can’t remember anything of my general education courses in college.  I can’t even remember what those classes were without my transcripts.  I didn’t enjoy any of them and I didn’t really learn anything in any of them.  They weren’t fun.

Brains love learning so when brains are learning, they are having fun, they are doing what they were created to do.  If learning isn’t fun, is it even learning?

School should be fun because it creates quality learning that lasts.


Photo Credit:
Calligraphy:  Photo by Peter Griffin, via Public Domain

This article was originally published on another website on March 24, 2010.

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3 Responses to School Should be Fun…Learning is Fun!

  1. Fatmawaty says:

    You are very true! Learning should be fun! School should be fun! Me too, I forgot easily when I learned something without fun. 😊 I’m trying to make my teaching at home should be fun. Thank you for your beautiful minds! 💝

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  2. A writer from the East says:

    Such a heart touching post Sandie, only you can bring us such joy and really love the photograph here 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sandie says:

    Learning is a joy! It’s too bad that too often school isn’t!


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