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Here comes the mil­lion­dol­lar ques­tion. “Why do kids hate study­ing?” As a par­ent, you may have tried to bribe, threaten and shout at your kids to get them to study. Lots of times. But you al­ways get frus­trated and ask a teacher for help in the form of pro­vid­ing ex­tra tu­to­ri­als. No mat­ter what you do, mo­ti­vat­ing kids to study will al­ways be a has­sle. Nourma Ju­nita Bachtiar, B.Sc., a di­rec­tor of Green Montes­sori School, says that the root of the prob­lem is chil­dren’s lack of in­ter­est in ed­u­ca­tional top­ics. This isn’t helped by the pop­u­lar­ity of elec­tronic gad­gets that shorten a child’s at­ten­tion span, and by the ten­dency of par­ents to over-as­sist chil­dren. “It’s com­mon to see par­ents feed­ing their chil­dren and pre­par­ing their books and clothes for school when they are per­fectly ca­pa­ble of do­ing th­ese chores them­selves,” Nourma says. Un­for­tu­nately, this makes chil­dren too re­liant on oth­ers. They sub­se­quently give in eas­ily, lack ini­tia­tive and have low self-con­fi­dence. Fur­ther­more, Ashanti Putri, an early child­hood ed­u­ca­tor, points out that par­ents tend to for­get that study­ing is sup­posed to be fun. Th­ese two ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts sug­gest a few steps to help solve the prob­lem. “Try to em­pha­sise the fun part of study­ing,” Ashanti says. This can in­clude tak­ing chil­dren on field trips. This is some­thing that Nourma does. “We take stu­dents to mu­se­ums to learn about hu­man civil­i­sa­tion. We hope that this will help them un­der­stand why peo­ple

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