What Should We Teach Our Kids?

  • When I first heard about it I thought that it was silly. Paying someone to tutor your kid on how to play a video game! What a waste of money! Here's the article that describes it.

     

    The parents interviewed said that their kids were being ridiculed for being losers on the game. They wanted their child to be able to compete. One said that he wanted his child to be good at the things he enjoyed.

     

    That seemed lame to me. But then I started thinking about the dads who taught their sons how to throw a football. Or like me, paid for guitar lessons for their son when he showed an interest.

     

    On the other hand we have so many kids that lag behind in math, English and science skills. Shouldn't we rather be tutoring those subjects?

     

    I suppose it's nice that we have some families that can afford to hire a video game tutor. And that some people can earn money doing that.

     

    But I do wonder about our priorities as parents. There will always be some kids who are better than others at various games/sports. I was one who wasn't that good and learned to deal with any unkind comments. No amount of tutoring was going to make me a high school sports star. So I developed other skills I was good at like writing for the high school paper.

     

    And you don't really need to excel to enjoy a hobby. If it's truly an enjoyable hobby the trip is more important than reaching the destination.

     

    Finally I can't help but wonder if we're not encouraging our kids to major in the minors. In other words, they think that it's more important to be good at video games than at classwork. That having more social media followers is more important than developing good character.

     

    I'll leave you to decide what skills you'll want to pass on to your kids and grandkids. I'm sure that you'll make a good decision!

     

    Keep on Stretching those Dollars!

    Gary


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