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The world today is so vastly different from even 20 years ago when I was in high school. The curriculum in school is still the same. The school system has this archaic belief that things should stay the same. This core belief will put US children behind in an ever-changing world. People were not taught anything about how to make money. Your parents will say “you need to go to school and get a job.” This is our parents just looking out for us. This is the love that they have always shown. There are not enough people opening their eyes to what is happening in the workplace of the “job world.” There is no security in working for someone else. People realize that this is the case, but no-one does anything about it. Children need to learn how to read, write, basic math skills, and socialize well in school.
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Paul Allen were all high school dropouts. Did they really learn a lot in school? Did you? Most people have no problem complaining about an issue, but changes are barely ever protested. There are so many other skills that need to be learned today. The main problem I have with the school systems in the US is that they never make changes to subjects that were learned 300 years ago. Financial literacy needs to be taught in school. The job losses today show us that other alternatives to making an income need to be talked about. The internet, real estate investing, life insurance, and stocks are some ways to create wealth. Every millionaire I have read or talked to has made a huge percentage from their real estate holdings. The schools do not even acknowledge this or even talk about real estate. That may actually have helped people pick the right mortgage to save their current house. The bankers were heavily at fault here anyways. It is unbelievable that this curriculum is still the same useless information in the real world. You can own a home-based business and support yourself these days. Stocks are okay if you know what you are doing. You have to make sure you do not pick a brokerage or funds manager that makes big percentages off your purchases. They will sway you to those stocks if that is the case. Whole Life insurance is always a great way to save for your future. There is a large cash cushion being built after the first couple of years in your policy This is one of the best investments for your future. Teamwork is actually considered cheating in school. This is really the basis of all successful businesses. The ability to add the right players to handle each department is key.
In summary, I did learn some things that were vital in school. Reading, writing, and basic math are essential. Financial literacy should be taught in every school in the US. If these last couple of years are not enough to teach us that, we going to have even more serious problems in the future. We used to be the best and brightest, now the school systems need to use common sense to what they teach our children.
Being busy is no excuse for not being involved in your child’s school life. It might just require a need to become more organized, to organize your child’s life better, and to set the right priorities. But, once you instill the value of education in your child, he will require less monitoring and less effort on your part.
Here are the seven ways to become more involved in your child’s school life and instill the value of education:
- Keep in touch with your child’s teacher and other school personnel Give your child’s teacher and principal both your cell phone number and your landline number. Let them know that you value your child’s education and that you will be playing an active role in it.
- Tell the teacher that you want to know when your child is behaving well as well as when his behavior is troublesome. Let your child’s teacher know that you are interested in knowing when he is behaving as expected and applying himself as well as when his behavior is posing a problem. Keep in mind that both you and his teacher will get more of the behavior that is recognized and given attention to.
- Designate a certain time each day for your child to engage in educational activities regardless of whether or not he has homework. Set aside at least an hour each day during the week for educational activities. Let the child know that this is the time to engage in educational activities (including computer games) whether or not he has been assigned homework. Make sure he understands this is a fun time for learning and that homework is not to be viewed as drudgery or punishment.
- Expand on your child’s learning experience by taking the child to the library or other outside institutions or events. Look for opportunities to expand on your child learning outside of school. If your child is having a unit on geography, a great way to expand on this subject would be to take him to the natural history museum. Here he would have an opportunity to look at the countries or parts of the world that he is learning about in class from a different perspective.
- Find TV programs that extend your child’s learning which you can watch together. At the beginning of the week, look at the TV guide and identify some TV programs that you and your child will watch together. Let this be a program on the history channel, geography channel, or even a movie, but have a conversation about it later.
- Talk to your child about the subjects you enjoyed best and found easy to grasp and those which you didn’t like and had the most difficulty with. Don’t hesitate to bring yourself into your child’s learning experience. Let the child know what subjects you enjoyed best in school — what gave you joy in learning and both what was easy as well as what was difficult. Let him know that it’s OK to experience difficulty learning a subject, but that the difficulty can be overcome with effort and determination.
- Help your child understand that learning is a lifelong activity and help your child to find the joy in learning. Let the child see you reading whether it’s for pleasure or just for information. Be a role model when it comes to reading. And, let the child know that you view learning as a fun-filled lifetime experience which will always be a part of your lifestyle.