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We are our children’s future, if we’re not careful

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March 2, 2013 by falcon7204

I get so tired of people saying children “are our future”. People that speak like that appear to be relying on our kids to pick up the slack for us when we get old. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a kid, especially these days.

But how are we preparing our kids for the future? Are we giving them the real-world tools they need to make sense of the world? Are we educating them about the past so they don’t make our mistakes again? Are we teaching them anything useful at all?

Apparently not. At least not according to a study by the Department of Health and Human Services on the affects of the Head Start program through 3rd grade. The report shows that kids who took part in Head Start may have been better prepared for school than their counterparts who didn’t, but those benefits virtually disappeared by the time those kids entered 3rd grade.

I blame it on the parents. Actually, I blame it on an environment and mentality that encourages people to let government take care of it. And this mentality has been nurtured and grown for many decades, by us, by our parents, and by our parents before us.

I can cite at least two examples of how parental involvement in their child’s education reaps major benefits: My two daughters. We home-schooled them and enrolled them in private schools (at great cost) and worked with them at home because not only did we feel the public schools were failing them, but we were actively discouraged from taking a greater role in their education (by, ironically enough, the PTA). But we grabbed the bull by the horns and the result is two young women who know how the world works, are equipped to deal with it, and know the benefits of taking an active role in their kids’ education.

Your mileage may vary, of course, but the point I’m trying to make is that our kids are a reflection of us. And if we’re not careful, we’ll be destroying the very future we’re depending on our kids to create.

Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.”  (New International Version)

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