It Takes a Global Village to Raise a Child
There’s a great deal written about education and what’s best for our children.You know me — I strongly embrace anything which broadens the mind, builds experience and promotes inquisitiveness, above and beyond what is offered in the school system. I’m fortunate to be an entrepreneur who has designed my professional life around my personal life — I can be a very hands-on mom and be fully involved in my children’s development and education in a way that I never could if I was ‘working for the man’ (or woman!).
I get that not every parent can do this. Parental pressure is enormous on so many fronts these days. I’d say that the amount of worry this causes is in direct proportion to the speed, multi-tasking and other demands of daily life faced; in other words — the busier we are (and we are very busy) the more we worry about what we could or should be doing for our children.
We sometimes may feel that the school’s responsibility is not plugging the gaps well enough. Equally as much has been written about schools feeling that parental responsibility has not been fulfilled. It’s a very topical argument and not the purpose of this blog — today!
I recently read this article by fellow entrepreneur, Nick Smoot: ‘Educating Legends’.
First, though, I must say that it is not my mission in life to create legends! Like most moms I just want to give my kids the best start in life, with a strong value system, and see them happy, healthy and fulfilled. If they achieve greatness in some form, then that will be, well, great! If it makes them happy.
What I did really like about Mr. Smoot’s piece were two things:
One, the ending to his piece:
“Adventure, experimentation, empowering and mentorship. Until these are words used to describe our education process, we have work to do. “
You can guess my views on that! I would add that I regard the education process, to be a holistic one, not just what is learnt in the classroom. Even as family time poor parents, we can use what time we do have with our kids, to foster these values and traits; we can influence and direct our kids in the right direction. We can collaborate and we can enlist help and resources — virtual and real time; like the cool uncle’s input or the wisdom of grandma, like an age appropriate support or mentoring facility or person.
The second thing I liked a lot in Mr. Smoot’s piece was the link to Natalie Clarkson’s write on teachers and IT.
I thought this was a marvellous example of mentoring and supporting the knowledge gap — one not everyone might think of:
“Teachers know that the kids know more than they do. But that’s why we initiated student IT mentors. We found that actually teachers would rather sit down with a year 10 or 11 student and ask their questions than ask other teachers.”
The old saying that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ may seem inapplicable to modern tech-driven life, but I think it still applies. It’s a global village now.