That is why parents send their children to school, with hopes that the kids will absorb all the things they need to learn to prepare for their future. Parents value education in a way that some even hire tutors to supervise and teach their kids. There are others who have the money to send their kids to private schools, and provide them with all the resources they’ll be needing. Resources to further their knowledge such as books.
It would’ve been better if every student has his own locker in school where he can keep his things including his books. However, that is not always the case, especially in public schools. Every day, students are having a hard time carrying their books to school. Maybe their bags can get a little lighter if they are only carrying books but no, there are still notebooks and other things that is necessary in attending school. Despite that, many teachers require their students to bring their books every day, hence they can’t even leave a single one out even if their backs hurt already. And because education today is dependent on books, it will also be difficult for a student to catch up on class without them.
Many researches have been conducted already stating that students, especially those in elementary school are having a hard time carrying their backpacks because of thick and heavy textbooks. Because of this, students even complain that their shoulders and backs are hurting but no matter how much they complain, it won’t change a thing because they still have to carry their books.
According to one research, 64% of the respondents said that they do experience back pain for some time because of the weight they carry on their backs. That is two of every five children attending school. What’s even more alarming is that 21% of these kids experienced such pain for at least six (6) months, that’s more than half of the school year. Meaning, while they are busy learning, their backs are aching hence they can’t really focus on studying.
There was an interview wherein an uncle complained about his nephew who’s attending primary or elementary school, gradually started having bended back and experienced pain. Because of this, the nephew had to undergo surgery at an early age just to fix his back. This is causing distress to many parents, imagine having your child under medical knife just because he was bringing his books to school. This is an eye opener to parents as well as to the teachers. Studying is hard enough, don’t make it harder for the kids by making them carry a heavy school bag.
There are few things that you can do to lighten your child’s load. For example, when you buy a schoolbag, choose the one with padded shoulders so it’s comfortable when it’s carried. Organize your child’s bag every day. Put the heaviest one closest to the back, and only put what’s needed for the day. Always tell your child to carry his back with both shoulders and not just on one, it will make the bag easier to carry and won’t stress the shoulders too much. Or in lieu of a regular backpack, buy him a rolling backpack or the one with small wheels so they can just pull their bag instead of carrying them. It may not be always the case but there are schools where ramps are available and not just stairs, making it easier for the students to pull their trollies.
Learning is necessary and education is indeed important. But we hope that in the process, children are able to enjoy it and not feel burdened because of the heavy loads they carry each day. For the moms and dads out there, always check how your kids are doing. Ask them if they are having a hard time and do something about it if you can. Because more than all the material things you provide them for school, your support is the most important.
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