I’ve never met a parent who didn’t think their baby was exceptional. Through toddlerhood and preschool, the word from parents is that they’re “so smart,” and “really advanced,” or “very sharp.” But as we all know, that isn’t the case by the time those same kids get to high school. So what’s going on? It has to be that…
a) parents are deluded
b) parents are lying
c) somewhere in those kids’ lives, they lose the potential that they showed when they were very young
I don’t think that parents are either deluded or liars. I think that all kids have a great deal of potential. (There’s a TED talk for that.) So where do we lose them? And more importantly, why?
As a parent, I believe it’s up to me to make sure that my kids’ potential isn’t lost. Parents are the first ones who should advocate for their children, which means talking about what happens at school, checking homework, communicating with the teacher and administration, providing enrichment at home, and pushing for a better educational system. And when that educational system isn’t up to par, then it’s our job to get involved. For my part, I plan on attending school board meetings and speaking up. I’m sure I have a lot to learn, but also a lot to offer.