Are some personalities better suited to school?
The short answer is a resounding YES!
Of course it doesn’t mean that there are personality types that will fail at school, but there are definitely preferences which make school life a lot easier for some kids.
Introversion and Extraversion are easy examples of this. In the early years of school an Extraverted child who enjoys lots of stimulation, and lots of variety will make an easy transition to the busy-ness that is the early school years. Where a highly Introverted (Innergy driven) child who requires downtime to process ideas, and activities, will struggle initially with extreme lack of energy which may manifest as bad behaviour or meltdowns as they struggle to figure out this new and highly stimulated world.
Later on in school years however – this trend is reversed, particularly in the tertiary education sector, where the ability to work on things alone, and to prioritise work over extra activities and variety means that an introvert can make huge gains at this end of the spectrum. Where initially at this end of the school life, an extravert can find themselves failing, as they become frustrated as they try to do the solo-thing and not understand their own personality, as they battle against themselves.
In between there are things that you can do to make each of these transitions easier for both introverts and extraverts, and it is a good idea to begin that process of helping each child with their transitions at a young age.