The Importance Of Education
On a more practical note, research shows us that a perceived connection to school is a powerful predictor of resilience for all children, providing a safety net of sorts, no matter what family or community they are growing up in. Teens who are connected to school are also less likely to be participating in high risk activities, like drinking, smoking, and early sexual activity.
Giving a child an education not only keeps them busy, it opens up their world and helps them understand the interconnectivity of systems - the earth, human bodies, families, neighborhoods, communities, countries, and the universe. I truly believe that it is hard for a well-educated person to fail in life - because there are always new ways to approach problems.
Providing an education can be as simple as finding a great school that brings out the best in your child, but being involved with that education is also important. Making time to spend time at school volunteering and connecting with your children around educational activities, like reading, shows your child that education and s/he are your priorities.
Other things you can do to support that education include:
- Playing board games;
- Sharing good books;
- Doing community service projects together;
- Encouraging arts and music;
- Reducing TV and screen time;
- Helping with homework
Education cannot be taken away - it becomes a part of the person learning something and transforms that person as it happens, bringing self-confidence, curiosity, joy, creativity, and yes, responsibility.
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