What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

   Most parents do not start their children’s primary education with goals in mind, with personal objectives. Remember when Aunt Mary would pinch you on your little cheek and ask, “What do want to be when you grow up?” Everyone laughed as you answered in a manner that reflected your very limited exposure to the fact that people “did anything that matters”. As seemingly unimportant as those scenarios may have appeared, we should be earnestly asking those questions of our children regularly, from an early age. We should provide them with as broad a range of valuable options as we can identify in our research.

    We should enhance their 3R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic) skills as much as we are able (with assistance), making them foundations upon which to build. The students should also learn: to code, play instruments, create art, to compare, contrast, interpret, problem solve, learn to design, handle tools and machines, about their environment and other species, to interact effectively with others, define values (good, evil, right, wrong, equity, manners/etiquette, etc.), to compete (including the merits and lessons of winning, and losing), about life, death, healthy and unhealthy behavior, and to demand better of the world around them as they grow. We should show them that we share our planet, with its diverse surfaces, deep waters, vast skies, and uncharted space to consider. They should know colors, sounds, aromas, textures, flavors, and planes of existence beyond our senses (reference cell phones and wifi as simple introductions). And, we should grow with them.

    Atop this robust educational foundation, we should regularly introduce children to the many ways in which people may meaningfully, gainfully apply their education, knowledge, skills, and experiences. That which fertilizes their imaginations, and fuels their considerations should not be limited by our personal resources, interests, experiences, jobs, and what they see among the extended family, friends, in the local community, at school and via biased and often misguided media presentations.

    Start your children’s primary education with shared goals development. Allow the goals to evolve, engaging age-appropriate objectives applicable to their lives as the children grow up. We should allow, within frameworks of safety, student experiences to be as robust as is possible. Children’s learning should be comprehensive, today, and in the future so that one day they will be able to select preferred career options, not cast-off positions, and the leftover jobs available to the inadequately prepared. Speak with us about your perspectives and targets. ISG Success believes children will excel like never before.

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