Lately, I’ve been thinking A LOT about child education. Mostly, just about my daughter and how she isn’t talking much. Granted, she is only 17 months old, but she usually refuses to say anything. She knows a lot of words and has said them before, but now, for some reason, she won’t hardly anything except “Momma” and “Daddy”. I’ve been trying to come up with new ways to get her to talk, and I’ve even tried not giving her what she wants until she tells me, but then she just gets so upset, I have to give in. If anyone knows anything that can help, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!
All of that, though, has got me thinking about other issues for children with education. Most parents I know depend on teachers to literally teach their children everything. I am pretty much completely against that idea. Now don’t get me wrong, I know teachers are there to, well, teach, but education should not be solely on them. For example, I am going to ensure my daughters know how to read, count, and their ABC’s before they start school. My parents made sure I knew, and I will do the same for them. I don’t really understand parents that do not want to help their children succeed by simply making sure they are prepared with the basics before they go to learn advanced things in school. So many I know complain that their child(ren) aren’t doing as well as they would like (below average), but then in the same conversation, they will say that their child can’t count or read and the teacher won’t teach them to do those things. Well, of course not! Those things should be on you to help them with. Teachers have classrooms of 20 kids or more. They simply do not have time to teach children every single little thing while keeping with curriculum to ensure they learn all they need to by the end of the school year. As parents, why shouldn’t we help them out?
If you don’t want to personally help your child succeed in school, please get them a tutor or someone who is willing to put in that kind of time. I understand that a lot of parents work full-time, and don’t have the time, but please find them someone who does. If children do not succeed early on in school, how can we expect them to graduate? Our children are the future of this world; don’t you want our future to be good? I do. I am willing to help any child that needs it.
I found this really awesome website that sells books by the box. http://www.booksbythefoot.com
They sell these books for all different age groups. One for really young kids, toddler to Kindergarten, elementary, etc. They are very reasonably priced, too. I want to buy some for my girls, as well as the shelf filler box for myself! I think things like this are really good tools for helping children with their education. When they are little, you read to them. That begins their love of reading and books. Then, you let them read to you, which continues it. Then, they learn to read on their own by themselves. Reading is like the roots of a tree when it comes to education. It is the foundation you can’t hope to succeed without. I want my girls to love to learn, well, really I want all children to love to learn. I am a Psychology major in school, and I hope to never stop learning about people, and I really want everyone to share in that.
Lack of education could lead to a life to crime and violence. That statement in itself is a little extreme I know, but it could be true. For instance, a child doesn’t get an education, so they cannot get a good job. They do not have enough money for things, so they begin stealing things. They steal from the wrong person one day, and the person comes after them. So on and so forth. That is not a good thing for anyone. Let us all be a part of stopping the cycle of violence. We help all children succeed, and maybe, just maybe, we help lower the crime rate in the world. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Successful young adults, and lower crime rates. I think so. I want the world to be a safer place for generations to come, and I would be awed if I could be a part of making it so. It would be helpful to so many people. That is the exact reason I have such a love for Psychology, to help people. It is my passion. I cannot wait until I am all done with school, so that I can help people. Even if it’s just one person that benefits from me, I know I have done something good for someone else. Shouldn’t that be what life is about, doing good for others?