School is back in session; tax free weekend is over so now we will see a retail dash for missed school supplies or forgotten articles of clothing. If there is a new school gadget that the kids are needing I haven’t heard of it. Schools now have their own wi-fi, and maybe even a library full of tablets for the students to check out. Education has come a long way from the days of a hand-held chalk board. Many teachers will have students turn in projects over the internet or have their students access the internet during class. Computers, smart phones, tablets, we are living in an interesting time, a time where information is at our finger tips but is this preparing future generations for a dramatic fall?
Information overload, the need to get the one right answer, the ability to seek information without interacting with another person. Let’s be clear, not everything on the internet is true. We cannot allow our youth to take what they find on the internet at face value. Students need to continue to consult experts in the field of knowledge…real people not a blog or Facebook articles. They need to continue to have discussions with their peers, their teachers and their parents.
Lastly and in my opinion most importantly, the students need their parents support. I am NOT talking about crazy soccer parent support. I am talking about going back to the basics of human decency, manners, courtesy, respecting everyone’s opinion, everyone’s bubble, etc. Above all I think that children need to be taught how to be gracious WINNERS again.
When my son was starting high school football my dad told my son, “If you ever get the chance to score a touchdown, act like you have been their before.” Yes, that pretty much came out of nowhere. I could see the wheels going in my son’s head, he was thinking past the obvious meaning and starting to understand the deeper meaning. Winners win because they prepare to win. Winners don’t win because they berate the other team. Winners don’t when by cheating. Winners don’t win because they have the best touchdown celebration. Winners win because they practice winning.
“I hate to lose more than I love winning. —Jimmy Connors
So, school is back in session. Be mindful of the school zone and the big yellow school buses picking up and dropping off children. Be on the lookout for unexpected little bikers that haven’t quite go the hang of riding their bike but are so excited to have the independence to ride to and from school. It’s going to be a GREAT school year; the weather is slowly getting cooler and football will be here soon.
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