The Jakarta Post
What’s so important about year-end school performances, one might wonder. Schools usually make it compulsory for parents to attend these events as they are meant to give children a platform to show off their talents and creativity. (Shutterstock/giuseppelombardo)
What’s so important about year-end school performances, one might wonder. Schools usually make it compulsory for parents to attend these events as they are meant to give children a platform to show off their talents and creativity.
The Education and Culture Ministry noted in its Instagram account that school performances are very important and that parents should give their children their full support.
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Nurturing children’s confidence in performing in public
According to Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist and author of parenting books, a lack of confidence in children may result in their reluctance to try new things as they have the fear of failure.
“The enemies of confidence are discouragement and fear,” he said.
Challenging children and entertaining them after a full year of studying
While year-end school performances may sound trivial to adults, they are important for schoolchildren who take advantage of their time on stage to really use their voice. The success of their performance may stay in their memories through adulthood and become one of the deciding factors of their future.
The event showcases the students' creations
Performing in a school event gives students an opportunity to present their work to their parents in a unique way. However, parents are strongly suggested to not only look at the results but also appreciate the process.
Professor Carole Dweck from Stanford University writes in her two-decade research study that focusing on the process of what a child does to achieve something is effective. When the results go wrong, the child is more open to receiving constructive criticism.
Bringing parents and the school community together
Report cards are no longer enough to recognize children’s achievement. The school community is integral to a child’s education, and school performances bring parents, students and school staff and faculty members closer in a casual way. (asw)