Related: does forcing kids to be with sucky people teach them important life skills?
We argue: no
Boredom leads to trouble and increased drop-out rates. It would have to be an important skill to make up for the negatives. But it isn’t.
As an adult, you have more control over your environment, so learning these skills (such as they are) may not be as applicable as we’d wish.
Better: give kids skills to manipulate their environment, so they know they can change it.
If they do have to be occasionally bored or to deal with sucky people, why not learn that on the job as adults? It’s an easier lesson to learn when you’re making the choice to deal with it because you’re getting a higher paycheck or other perks to your job.
And nobody should have to put up with a sucky work environment as an adult. That’s why we work so hard so we have options and freedom to change things, even if our parents sacrificed in their own work environments for us.
This post was brought to you by our childhood selves, who were bored as crap in school and got nothing useful out of grades 1 – 8. [#2 says, except 4th grade with Mrs. A. She was AWESOME.]