Why Parents Encourage Lifelong Learning


Every parent wants to see their child thrive. While older generations made an emphasis on being "star students" with good grades and stellar attendance records, a new generation of parents, Generation X, are promoting lifelong learning, encouraging their students to grow in all aspects of life.

The impact of grades and mental health

Lifelong learning combats the ideology that good grades equal successful kids. The pressure to perform well, especially in academics, can weigh heavily on students. According to a 2019 report by the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of teens said they feel a lot of pressure about grades, and 27 percent said they felt some. This, paired with social and extracurricular pressure, can affect a teen's mental health.

Teens are sensitive, especially when they aren't reaching standards set by their teachers, parents, or peers. As parents, it's important to acknowledge that modern-day learners are forced to juggle their social lives, extracurriculars, hobbies, talents, and academics, and they often aren't given the tools to balance or manage these life factors all at once.

What is lifelong learning?

Lifelong learning goes beyond the classroom, blending formal and informal learning as students develop life skills. Students can pursue formal education like a vocational school, certificate programs, higher education, and more. However, when paired with informal learning, learners have the opportunity to develop the needed skills to thrive in their everyday lives, as well as in the workplace.

What are the benefits of lifelong learning?

With continuous learning, life never gets boring. Learning—even as an adult—feeds our innate curiosity as human beings to discover and explore new subjects. Students find and secure personal growth and fulfillment when learning something new.

Lifelong learning also combines different methods to promote personal success. Whether they want to be social media influencers, app designers, business owners, athletes, or educators, lifelong learners hone their skills and expertise in multiple disciplines--not just in their craft.

Furthermore, this type of learning recognizes individuality. Students can flourish in their interests and hobbies without having to succumb to the norm. While learners improve their skills in the things they love, they discover new ways to connect with others, and incorporate these newfound talents in their daily lives. Overall, these students are well-rounded leaders, professionals, team players, and independent individuals with the soft and hard skills and capabilities necessary to be their best selves.

Lifelong learning in school

Laurel Springs School’s K-12 education promotes limitless and lifelong learning. For more than 30 years, we’ve offered robust and diverse online courses for students to explore their hobbies and interests, setting a course for discovery in potential career pathways, honing their academic and soft skills, and promoting a love of learning.

Here, scholars are given the flexibility to balance their personal and academic endeavors. Our self-paced, mastery-based learning model allows students to work towards the grades they desire and master the foundational knowledge needed to succeed in school and beyond. Uncover how we promote lifelong learning at Laurel Springs by speaking with an admissions counselor today.