Psychological Analysis of Skipping School

1055 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 4 Pages
It not only affects the personal education of those who skip, but the other students and teachers around them. Burrhus Frederic Skinner knew that obtaining a healthy education can have a great impact on someone’s future. By using and applying psychological theories and perspectives, such as B.F. Skinner’s theories of operant conditioning and Milgram’s theory of obedience, the number of students skipping class can be greatly decreased, and therefore promote a better, healthier learning environment.

As mentioned above, skipping school is a real issue amongst students that does not go without consequence. However at Glebe the only real consequence for students that skip is a delay or set back in their education. Which in the long run could have a damaging effect on their overall high school career. “It has been found that students who miss more than 10 days of school each year are 20% less likely to graduate and have a 25% less chance of ever enrolling in college or university.” (Time) The problem with this consequence is that it’s not great enough; students who skip do not release their personal consequences to themselves so they do not view it as an issue. Teachers at Glebe make it too easy to miss class; they do not offer any real punishment…