FEARLESS FRIDAY – April 18, 2014
THE KITCHEN TABLE COMMITMENT
There's some excellent language in the April 12, 2014 issue of the Economist, page 85. In an article The Sweet Smell of Success the future of America is discussed and some powerful questions are asked:
In recent decades insecurity and the will to work have all but vanished. What is left is essentially the swagger, complacency and entitlement of a perverted sense of exceptionalism.
Can America recover its triple-package verve? Hard to say. Perhaps the rise of a Chinese colossus will yet stir the country the way Sputnik and the Soviet Union did half a century ago. That will depend, of course, on whether America has the stomach for
sacrifice – for telling its "trophy generation" that sweating the hard stuff is painful but unavoidable; that science and mathematics really do mater. It will take huge commitments at all levels, from the Oval Office to the kitchen table.
I am sometimes accused of offering simple solutions like "answers first," as if this bolsters the idea that no one's self-esteem should ever be challenged and that everyone deserves a "trophy." "After all," some ask, "Aren't we all winners?" Well, Betty, I'm afraid not.
Perhaps the oldest book in the Bible, Job, spells out the vicissitudes of life the best. Apparently, this ancient story seems to tell us, "sweating the hard stuff is painful but unavoidable." Wow! These days our schools run from the truth, "science and mathematics really do mater." There's not a chance in heck that kids who haven't been taught how to succeed with reading and basic computation are going to have very strong stomachs.
Thanks for all you do to flood kids with reading, math and study-skill success. Let me know how I can help.
Rory Donaldson, Chief Brain
Success with reading, math and study-skills teacher
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