When I was in Junior High School (12 years old), I remember listening as the teacher asked a new student from the Philippines questions about the nucleus of an atom and the function of each of the parts. All the other students sat in awe as she answered every question like an encyclopedia. 5 Years later, that same girl didn’t even graduate with honors.
We live in a country, where society plays a major part of our decision making process. Our young children, still growing and learning, are mostly affected by peer pressure and whatever influence they have around them. The overall results in their education are sometimes based on how they deal with their surroundings, despite the challenges they may face.
I’ve been reading quite a few books about parenting, hoping I don’t miss anything that could help my son’s development. I came across a book called Get Your Child to the Top by Megan Lisa Jones, which helps us understand a variety of solutions to get our children to progress in a world that’s constantly changing. With new technology and jobs not yet created, our children must be prepared for a world we have yet to foresee.
Get Your Child to the Top is a breakdown of the various reasons our children do not excel in school and the many ways we, as parents, can help in their educational journey and ways to succeed.
Megan Lisa Jones includes a passage by Nicholas M. Butler who states, “America is the best half-educated country in the world.” In the same part, she goes on to talk about how “American students overall did not rank well in comparison to students in countries competing for the same service sector and higher valued added jobs upon which the US future is reliant.”
The statistics, the interviews, studies, success stories, examples, and enlightening quotes are all a part of the author’s efforts to get parents to understand how important it is to pay attention to the way our kids receive their education. Are our children receiving quality education from quality teachers? Does class size have anything to do with proficiency results? Have any reforms in the educational system improved results academic results?
Having seen the different ways my brothers and I were raised with the educational background we received, I could honestly say “I understand” when Jones says her modest efforts of sending her kids to school and showing up when required, leaving the educating to the experts aren’t enough. Many parents are guilty of the same, which might explain why our education in this country might lag if compared globally.
This book will be staying on my desk for a long time to remind me that my son’s future can be the result of my actions and the many decisions I make during his growth and development. It has a lot of options with very clear explanations of what can be done as a parent for their child. We all love our children, which is why we should remember, despite how busy we get, that the things we do might ultimately affect who they are later in life.
I highly recommend all parents to grab a copy of this book. All children, regardless of their backgrounds and circumstances, can have a bright future. There are many opportunities that can be available to help them if financial needs are a concern. It is their hard work and self-motivation that can eventually get them to the top.
Note to readers: I did receive a copy of this book by the author to be reviewed. However, the author has not influenced me in any way to provide any type of review other than my true and honest opinions.