NOTE (2.16.14): I’ve got a lot going on this week so I’m dipping into the archives on a Post I wrote back in July 2013, and I hope it get more diverse attention the second time around-
Today, I’m taking a break from my usual posts to discuss something else that’s been weighing heavy on my heart lately-
There’s been a lot of talk among parental circles, educators, and all in between about why are kids and teens either take life too seriously or not enough, more often it’s not enough.
Lots of parents seem to be of the view that kids today are lazy, screen obsessed entitlement freaks who don’t want tot work hard for their futures.
While there’s truth to that, we also overlook another truth, kids are being pressured to grow up faster at all fronts, and yet we complain when they want to be grown ups fast. Well, we’re creating our own problem on this specific point.
As a both a writer of children’s books, and a education-challenged under 30 “Deadbeat” I know from my own experience that we overlook a lot of issues when we talk about education.
Instead of ranting, I’ll let pictures do my talking for me, but fear not, I’ll have MORE words to say on this topic later.
NOTE: I’m in no way parent-bashing here, I’m not a parent and/or teacher, and for those of you in education from either the parent and/or teacher POV who are doing right by our nation’s youth, understand I say this because I wish there were more of you.
More and More Parents see their kids like
Instead of this-
What “Test” is worth feeling like this?
When did school become “God?”
Does “Sucking at Math” make me less worthy?
Is this future migraine/ulcer GOOD for me?
What parents WANT to see-
“Mommy, you work a second job to make money, what am I getting out of pre-k and first grade becoming my “second job?” that I don’t get paid for.”
“Dad, I may not have to walk 100 miles to get to school like you did in the “Once upon a time Olden days” , but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier for me, either.”
They’ll NEVER get here-
If they Burnout Here-
Adults of the World, I URGE you to hear
this plea: We CAN’T let this-
Kids, Parents, Educators, and all those in-between: What do you think?