Originally posted by Pedro4077
I just can't see the problem with starting work at an early age if you're ready.
You can always go back and study at a later date.
edit on 4-9-2012 by Pedro4077 because: (no reason given)
Knowledge truly is power, he is to young himself to understand what may be useful and what may not be.
Even you as his father have a limited view on whats important, your experiences color your outlook on education. Your bias effects your opinion on what matters, just as we all do.
To any professional that took years of education to get where they are would see education as important, where others may not.
It all depends on what you view as success is.
It takes all kinds to make a society work, from plumbers (skill tradesmen) to scientist (highly educated) to those in the lowest levels such as food prep (mc jobs).
The truth is not everyone is made to do all the jobs, some will be good at some while sucking at others. There is no shame in admitting your limitations and strengths honestly and accepting them, its simply a matter of perspective.
What is success to some is torture to others.
With that being said, it is a shame to place these limitations on a child so early in life. He is already being placed into a box that he may regret later.
Teach him trades and he will be above a good majority of his peers, and if that makes him happy so be it.
Just understand later in life he may regret not having a father that pushed him to exceed his boundaries, or not having the will power to push his own boundaries.
Do you want a clone of yourself, or do you want a free thinking individual that can chose his path with full disclosure of what he is giving up by taking a similar path as you?