School does SO much for Nicole’s kids. They have figured out how to socialize and love learning. Starting preschool even helped one kid with potty training.
When did school become more than the three R’s? We have added so many responsibilities to the school day over the last century (physical ed, computers, foreign languages, science, college prep, sports, drama, music, etc.).
Nicole’s youngest asked her, “Why I gotta go to school?” Nicole’s answer, “TO LEARN!”
What is school really for? Is it still for teaching reading and math? Is it to learn to get along with others? Is school a place where their kids go so that parents have time to earn money? Does school help parents to ensure a “safe” future? Does that level of safety change when the need for a college degree becomes less necessary in the future?
How about teaching manners, to say “please” and “thank you” or how to “play nice with others”? Nicole’s kids’ preschool includes a Manners Class in their curriculum. She likes that school is reinforcing the values and the lessons that she and her husband teach at home.
Should schools teach the skills our kids will need to function as independent adults: how to change a tire, balance a checkbook, or fill out a tax form?
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Robert believes that the future of work is going to require a new set of skills than we currently teach in school. Schools are finally considering how to teach “21st century skills” like cooperation, collaboration, and creativity. These are the exact “superpowers” that form the base of Robert’s practice as a Positive Psychologist.
In fact, Robert has created the design for a school that centers on these superpowers. He was inspired to find a way to focus on the student’s individual strengths rather than offering kids only what’s “on the menu.”
What is your responsibility as a parent? Are you the educational advocate? Where do you need help from school? Tune in to this episode of the ‘I Am The Worst Parent Ever’ podcast to learn how you can help your kids get good at life.
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