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Originally posted by tncryptogal
I will ask you for your input.
Originally posted by Komaratzi11
reply to post by tncryptogal
You know, as a parent, I think that we push kids so hard in this country from such a young age that by the time they reach the higher grades, they have started to have their limit.
Originally posted by Komaratzi11
reply to post by hp1229
I think you are spot on with the things you were saying in your post about education. Yes, I think peer pressure is a very large problem in this country and it disrupts the learning process for many. Unfortunately, from my experience working in a school, I see so many parents who seem to be too busy or distracted to help their children learn and guide them in ways to resist peer pressure. Many even promote it by buying the latest and greatest whatevers for their kids so they appear to be "cool". I wish parents could understand that their kids really want them to care about what they are doing. Just last week, our high school held senior night for the winter athletes. Every senior had at least one parent with them out on the gym floor except for one boy. The coach stood up with him. How sad. His parent(s) could not even show up for one important night even for a few minutes. My daughter told me his mother never comes for anything. I'm proud of him, because in spite of it, he is a good kid and he participates knowing he has no support at home. Unfortunately, there are so many others who don't figure out how to overcome that disappointment and walk a path to success.
I think we push kids in this country hard to learn starting them early in life, but the methods just don't encourage them to like learning or to see any real reason to do so. They seem to get bored quickly and sometimes it seems that they simply shut down after a point. There seems to be a delineation between school and life. I've actually met parents who feel that it is the school's job to teach their kids and they should not have to participate in that learning beyond taking the child to the building. Personally, I have always tried to incorporate learning into things we do at home or on vacation. Not blatantly, but I like to work in learning where I can. Sometimes it's a "Hey, add this up for me real quick." when they are no where near a calculator. We cook together which is a great learning tool. And I always try to include some interesting topics and questions occasionally in conversation. My in-laws are taking us to Cancun for vacation and I thought they were going to flip when I told them my son and I were going to spend a day touring the Mayan ruins as opposed to lying on the beach. (I couldn't live with myself if I went down there and failed to do this) And that brings me to why I think our society fails to help kids see learning as important. There is a kind of "why would you want to waste your time learning when you could be ......" mentality. I don't think education should be pushed down anyone's throat, but if a love of learning is nurtured young, it becomes life long. My son is so excited about Cancun because he is going to have an "Indiana Jones" adventure, he can't wait to go and he's been imagining how big the temple is and what kinds of things we might see there. He asked if he can wear his fedora. Of course I said yes. In the meantime, we are having fun researching our destination and the Mayans. I wish every kid could be so excited!