A recent study was carried out across various schools and communities by Workman Teachers Volunteers on the effect of words on child development. Two psychological principles determined the academic performance of the children: The Acquittal Principle and Maquital Principle.
THE ACQUITTAL PRINCIPLE
The Acquittal Principle states that when the mind of a child is directed by high expectations, it leads to improved performance. Thus, when words like:
You are a good child;
You are brilliant;
You are not lazy;
You like to study;
You can improve;
You can do better;
You neither steal nor lie;
You are going to be great;
are constantly spoken to a child, the mind of that child doubles in intellectual reception and the performance of the child improves.
THE MAQUITAL PRINCIPLE
On the other hand, the Maquital Principle states that when a child is directed by low expectations, the performance of the child drops in accordance with psychological trauma. Thus, when words like:
You are a bad child;
You lack parental care;
You lack home training;
You are not a bookworm;
You are dull;
are constantly spoken to a child, it hinders his or her potential intellectual growth. Apparently, shouting on children to teach them lessons is counterintuitive and counterproductive.
The Acquittal principle and Maquital principle evince that the self-perception and self-esteem of a child are built by words. Parents, guardians and teachers are advised to help improve the academic performance of their wards and students by directing their minds with influential words. This way, children, parents, guardians, teachers, the nation, everybody wins!
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Oyebola Simeon is an Associate Solutions Architect at LEAD Resources, a computer scientist and a tech enthusiast. He is interested in Child and Teen Development, and he has a goal of addressing the challenges in this area of interest via technology.