I read an article on CNN.com, written by Rita F. Pierson, a life-long educator. The article is entitled How to Get Teachers to teach and Students to Learn. While the entire article is very well written, the last section caught my eye.
Ms. Pierson states:
“It makes sense to create a winning spirit in children. All may not want to attend college, but that is what we push for all. Why do we make the students who want to learn a skill or trade feel inferior to their college bound counterparts? That doesn’t seem fair, nor does it make sense. We have basically told children that they will be useless citizens without a college degree.
The last time I needed a plumber, I didn’t ask for his college diploma, I checked for this level of expertise and proof of customer satisfaction. Teachers should encourage skill excellence and passion for whatever students choose to do or become. It just makes sense.”
I agree with this idea. It is one of the reasons I chose a virtual homeschool environment for my children. God created every child with a special talent. Not everyone is meant to be a doctor or a lawyer, but that does not make those people any less important. I try to create a winning spirit in my children by helping them explore their talents.
How do you create a “winning spirit” in your child?
God Bless 🙂