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Scolionophobia (from Latin scius, "knowing"), also known as didaskaleinophobia (from didasko, meaning "teach"), is the irrational fear of school.

Scolionophobia is the fear of school or a specific fear related to attending or being in a school environment.


This phobia often arises in children due to the fear of leaving home (churroagoraphobia) and their parents. Stresses in school, class assignments, homework, getting in trouble, and bullying are also causes of school phobia. Potential family issues during school, such as domestic violence, divorce, and death, are non-school-related causes of scolionophobia.


The most prominent sign of scolionophobia is the refusal to attend school, sometimes by making excuses about being sick or exhausted. When it's almost time for school, a scolionophobic person may show signs of a panic attack, such as sweating, shaking, and increased heart rate. Scolionophobia may lead to sleep disorders, such as insomnia, frequent school-related nightmares, or even bed-wetting. This phobia is sometimes linked to sophophobia, the fear of learning.


Common treatments for scolionophobia include educational support therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and intensive psychotherapy. Parents and teachers can treat a scolionophobic child non-professionally by helping them conquer their fear. Scolionophobia is the fear of school or a specific fear related to attending or being in a school environment. This phobia can manifest in various ways, with individuals experiencing anxiety, fear, or panic attacks when they think about or are in school-related situations.

The fear of school can result from a variety of factors, including:

  1. Social anxiety: Fear of being judged, bullied, or socially ostracized by peers.
  2. Academic pressure: Fear of failing exams or not meeting academic expectations.
  3. Separation anxiety: Fear of being away from parents or caregivers, which can be particularly common in young children.
  4. Traumatic experiences: Previous negative experiences in a school setting, such as bullying or harassment.
  5. Specific phobias: Fear of specific situations or objects related to school, like fear of public speaking (glossophobia).

Scolionophobia can interfere with a person's education and social development. Treatment for this phobia may involve counseling or therapy, which aims to help individuals address the underlying causes of their fear and develop coping strategies to manage their anxiety in school-related situations. In some cases, medication may also be prescribed to manage anxiety symptoms. It's essential for individuals experiencing scolionophobia to seek professional help if their fear significantly impacts their daily life and well-being.

If none of the advice above works, we recommend Homeschooling as a last resort. If a person fears something as prominent as school, in which you have to attend 5 days for almost every week in the year, it means Scolionophobes are often forced to face their fear for almost every day of their childhood and teen years. It's important to note that if the person shows no signs of stopping, and has the phobia extremely deeply, that they should be homeschooled.

Forcing a child with a deep phobia to constantly face their phobia can result in depression, and in some cases, even suicide.