If you live in North America then I believe that your child is under-achieving, even if they’re getting straight As. I believe this is true even if you love the teachers, your kid is happy, and it’s the best school in the area. Read on to find out why this must be so, just based on the design and goals of mass schools. The next article I’ll cover some studies showing that skipping a grade, especially in the early years, is one of the best things you can do for your child, contrary to some of the opinions out there. Finally I’ll take you through how to get your child skipped whether they’ve hit school or not.
The ideal child: IQ in the low 200s, the wisdom of Socrates, the compassion of Mother Theresa, the business mind of Donald Trump, the strength and skill of an Olympic athlete, the leadership of Winston Churchill, the pen of Shakespeare, the tongue of Martin Luthor King Jr, the creativity of Leonardo da Vinci. Able to handle any emergency, fearing nothing, responsible, punctual, well groomed, polite, and chivalrous. Can we produce one? No? Even with the hundreds of books in the bookstore and millions of tips littering the Internet?
Why are kids immune to our parental efforts? Why are there no perfect kids out there?
The Answer Is Parents ...
Not that parents don't try, it's that parents aren't. You see, in order to teach those things parents have the be those things. Fuzzy personality traits are acquired through watching and experiencing. Kids need a model; a person to show them the way, the results of all these great traits.
Unfortunately, parents need to fix themselves before they can teach their kids. Can you imagine a nasty person enlightening someone on how to be nice? A TV addict professing the virtues of books and outdoor activity? A terminally timid person coaching another on being a hard negotiator or a successful networker? It would never work because it's not believable. Children see right through that, wondering,
"Hey, if what they're saying is so right then why aren't they DOING it?"
A very legitimate question. Read on.
This post is about why you should teach your child to read very early, and what happens when your child does catch on to reading. I'll talk a bit in future post about exactly how I teach my kids to read, but for now I just want to explain why.