Students’ discomfort with school and classmates is increasing. This is the last testimony released by the OECD, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has revealed some statistical data that show how the sense of exclusion, hardship and loneliness, already experienced in adolescence, can bring to an outsider life with low academic performance.

 

STUDENT STUDIES: DAMAGES OF A SCHOOL EXCLUSION

Francesco Avvisati, author of the OECD analysis, studied the students’ reaction to some standard questions, evaluating the answers in the years 2003, 2012 and 2015.

During these three years, the question «Do you feel left out at school?» Has risen to include 17% of those interviewed in the last analysis considered; consequently, in the same year, 83% of students said they had difficulty making friends, not feeling part of the school community (67%) and not being appreciated by others (77%).

In general, from this analysis it emerged that the boys who feel excluded in the school environment are also the most dissatisfied, as well as the first to report bad grades at school. In fact it has been found that the increase in these numbers will lead to an increase in the probability of developing low self-esteem, as well as the possibility of university isolation, three times higher than in previous years considered.

 

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE UNIVERSITY: ACTUAL RESULTS AND SOLUTIONS

In fact, the results of this study are testable already from the first entrance tests carried out this year: those who had declared themselves an outsider, got about 20 points less than their colleagues who did not define themselves as such.

Is it possible, therefore, to find a solution to this problem even in university life?

Absolutely yes. The study, in fact, allows to anchor individuals to a physical place and, therefore, to create places of contact – such as coworking areas, spaces designed specifically for the study and areas where it is possible to forge friendships with people different – it could be essential to help the insertion of a student.