For many of you reading this blog post, I am sure I have outlived you by a few years, here or there. During my childhood I remember going to school and receiving a well rounded education. Not everything was math or science, as a matter of fact it was required for children to participate in a physical education class daily, throughout their complete education until college. Some colleges continued to require students take a physical education course during their first year.
Children also had the requirement of taking music classes and art classes to encourage them to explore their musical and art capabilities. This meant that those interested in math and science could explore those avenues as they went through school. As one examines the histories of very important people over the last century one would could to find that Albert Einstein failed his entrance college exams, yet he was a Genius in math, physics, a great violin player and spoke three languages.
Steven Spielberg had poor grades in school and turned out to be one of the most successful movie directors and producers in history. John Lennon, one of the most celebrated musicians in history suffered from Dyslexia and grades in school were very poor. Let us not forget all of the other famous people that dropped out of school, Ellen DeGeneres, Mark Zuckerberg , Media mogul Russell Simmons , Brad Pitt , Ted Turner, Steve Jobs , Oprah , Bill Gates, F. Scott Fitzgerald , Whole Foods CEO John Mackey , John Mayer , Ralph Lauren , Lady Gaga ,Jim Carrey , Al Pacino , Wolfgang Puck , Walt Disney , Tom Hanks , Abraham Lincoln left school at 12, Coco Chanel left school at 18 to become one of the world’s most famous fashion designers. With today’s emphasis on math, science and standardized tests, children are being placed under extreme mental stress for the first time in Human History. Coinciding with this, we have also never seen the rates of mental illness, drug abuse, gang activities, shootings in schools by students and suicide. `As after school sports and activities continue to be cut from our schools it is becoming evident we cannot put our faith into providing the education children need in order to be successful. Parents must become more involved with the lives of their children and stop focusing on self indulgent behaviors, or we will certainly lose what made this country great. In no means am I suggesting people pull their kids out of school. What I am suggesting is that kids need LOVE. They need praise, unconditional love, encouragement to explore the world, a feeling that the world is a safe place, not more standardized tests.
If you feel your child needs counseling to overcome some of the obstacles in life.