When I was a student, I loved school. Each day there was something new to learn, from new authors to discover to concepts that helped me do things more quickly. Because I enjoyed it so much my grades reflected my performance.
Nowadays, school is much different.
Our children are growing up in a technology driven world. For instance, my grade school children have laptops assigned to them because most of their work is completed and submitted via Google Docs.
This is amazing to me because I didn’t even have access to computers until I was much older than them. I don’t think I’m that old, but when I see how comfortable my children are with technology I certainly feel it.
The stories my children tell me about school are interesting as well.
While most rules are the same, such as doing your best and keeping your hands off of others and their property, other rules baffle me, like freezing after the recess bell rings.
Also, we’ve moved around quite a bit, so the rules the kids have learned are all over the place.
This reminds me of the strange education laws I read about that didn’t make sense to me. While they made me laugh, it’s impossible to reach a conclusion as to why they were put in place.
When it comes to rules that initially don’t make sense, I always want to know the context. I bet if I knew the reasoning behind the rule or law I could understand it better.
Kids these days are dealing with issues that we didn’t have to deal with until we were much older.
Because everything is so much faster, our family has had to be deliberate in how we manage all this freedom, access to information, and technology.
While most families we know provide cell phones to their young children, our children will not have this privilege until they’re a bit older and more responsible.
If so many adults can’t even control themselves with their smart phones, what makes us think that young children can?
I may be in the minority here, but I want my kids to enjoy their childhood for as long as they can. I want them to be out in the sunshine, instead of playing video games and making YouTube videos all day long.
Children are just that, children. They may act like they’re more mature or look older, but they depend on adults to protect them. Sometimes we have to protect them from themselves. They’ll thank us when they’re older.