In England there is a boarding school where it is completely optional to attend classes. It’s called Summerhill, and according to the Telegraph, it is “the most progressive school on the planet.” I know what you may be thinking: “Wow, I’d love to go to that school!” Or maybe you’re thinking, “I would never go to class!” In fact, you might be surprised at how well Summerhill’s approach actually worked.
After several weeks, the students began to attend class. Why? It is simple: they wanted to learn. We can all relate to this in a way. Usually when summer break is nearing its end, we begin to look forward to school starting again – even if we won’t always admit it.
The desire to learn is brought about by boredom or the lack of brain stimulation. Research suggests that the human response to boredom is to do or learn something new. So naturally, boredom provokes the need to engage the mind in some sort of activity, and school is a great way to accomplish that.
Our desire to learn is natural; God created us as learners. Proverbs 1:5 says, “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.” So if you find yourself ever wanting to go to school, you aren’t weird. You’re normal! God created us to be curious beings who want to learn.