The education of children is so important nowadays that you shouldn’t leave it up to the schools. Schools do their best but there is more to giving your children a head start in life than what is taught in schools. Schools can only do so much and if your child starts to get left behind in any subject it is time for you – the parents – to step up and do something about it. And that is not going to the school and throwing a tantrum.
It is time to start taking control of your child’s future. In Asia the education of children is so important that most students do extra classes outside of school hours. And they nearly all try to learn English. Because they know if they can get ahead in English they will have a very good chance of getting a good job.
In the Western World there doesn’t seem to be as much emphasis on education. Schools have gone from a place of learning to some place for kids to go during the day. Elementary children’s education in the west is still very good but in high school it starts to fall down.
I think a lot has to do with attitude towards the future. Over the last 30 years we have had a good life and kids have never worried about the future. But that is about to change and I think that will affect the attitude of children towards to education. In China before the economic miracle children needed a good education to survive. But now over the last 10 to 15 years this generation has only seen magnificent cities grow out of the paddy fields. So the children’s education standards are dropping dramatically. They are catching up to the west in more ways that one.