Have you ever observed a child’s behavior and thought, Poor thing. She can’t help the way she is. (?)
You know the child’s parents, and you have a pretty good sense of the child’s home life.
What will become of her? Is she destined for a life of pain and suffering, or will she overcome her circumstances to become happy and successful?
Are our children being taught (enough) about social and emotional intelligence? About self control and self awareness? To think critically?
To value themselves and others?
To overcome challenges? How to perceive challenges? And, what it means to be successful?
Im not sure that our educational system is teaching the right things.
Just look around you?
The K – 12 experience is one that most of us complete. This is a huge amount of time that could be much better organized and used.
I don’t pretend to understand much as far as our school systems, politics, curriculum, tezting, etc…
And, I know I’m not the first to have these thoughts.
I’m not sure what the answer is other than to part what wisdom i have, in the moment, when I have the opportunity to spend time with others; especially children.
I often think that so much comes down to perspective; that education is what you make of it; that life is what you make of it.
Most grow up in an environment that should be considered less than perfect; with less than perfect parents; with burdens to carry.
We all, regardless of upbringing, have the opportunity to become adults, and to decide what’s important, and what we want to do with our life.
Becoming an adult comes with responsibility.
We must overcome our own flaws, burdens, and shortcomings, so that we’re in a position to teach, the right things.