Mental health, damaged by too much exam focus–Education should be a joyful experience for pupil, not a stressful place for them.
Mental health refers to psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment. From the perspective of positive psychology or holism.
This includes individual’s ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to make psychological resilience.
When a person struggling with his or her behavioral health may face stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, addiction, learning disabilities, mood disorders, and other psychological concerns.
According to World Health Organization, mental health includes “subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, inter generational dependence, and self-actualization of one’s intellectual and emotional potential, among others.
It was found out that having too much focus on exams may harm pupils’ mental health and lower self-esteem.
According to the report from the NUT or National Union of Teacher’s, children’s mental health is being negatively affected by tests and exams.
Education seeks to produce creative thinkers and problem solvers, however,the perspective curriculum prepares children to pass given exams is not giving a good result.
Upon the survey of teachers and a review of research, drilling for tests has narrowed what children are learning.
The report explains that somehow too much focus on exam may damage pupil-teacher relationships. Every child’s potential then is given major concern, allowing them to enjoy education.
“Part of our commitment to social justice is the determination to make sure every child is given an education that allows them realize their potential”, says the Department for Education spokesperson.