Why does the local news media feel the need to tell where every ball player is going to attend college? Is it so I will be able to follow their career or is it so I will believe they can do more than play a game? When do they tell us where all the other seniors are going to go to college?
If we want girls to believe that they are wonderful and “just as good as boys”, why do we show them by example that they must cover their flaws (makeup), dye their hair, control their weight, change their skin color (tan), and wear the latest styles to be accepted by society? It has been my experience that many girls at age six are already concerned about how they look, while boys are concerned about what they can do.
If we have to turn the world upside down, bankrupt some executive fund, and designate only specific colleges where they can participate, I think it would still benefit all of us in the long run if we let high school students extend their education with two years of tuition-free college classes. We could even decide to only pay for a limited schedule of basic classes and not allow anyone to take underwater basket weaving! But a high school diploma is no longer the ticket to obtaining a job.
I think if we are going to expect every child to read proficiently, then we have to return to teaching them to write. We’ve slacked off of handwriting AND writing to communicate, both essential to fluent reading. The hand and brain work together and I just don’t believe that texting will create a generation of confident competent readers.
We have to stop talking about wanting the “best” for our kids while filling their bodies with junk food. I can’t accept that a child who eats doughnuts for breakfast and cutesy pre-packaged food for lunch EVERY day is going to get the nutrition they need for healthy growth and development. And they are establishing habits that will be difficult to break later.
My parents didn’t expect my teacher to teach me to put on my coat, tie my shoes, blow my nose, wash my hands, eat my food, pick up messes I made, behave in the bathroom, obey adults, or be kind to others. They thought that was their job.