A recent Pew Research poll indicates 64% of Americans believe parents are not putting enough pressure on their children to do well in school. On the other end of the polling, 68% of Chinese surveyed say parents in their country are putting too much pressure on their children to do well in the classroom.
It’s obvious to me that the right kind of encouragement by parents can result in better student performance. My wife and I agreed early in our parenthood that our children would be strongly encouraged … even “pushed” … to get all the education possible and to always do their best in school.
We began the teaching in the home and we had both my son and daughter reading at very high levels before they started kindergarten. Then we kept after them … monitoring their daily work and rewarding good grades with praise and gifts.
They’re smart kids … they might have done O-K without strong parent support. But Shelley and I like to think we helped a lot. They always made excellent grades. Scott and Staci are both college graduates.
Our thought for today is from Hodding Carter:
“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”