When is it socially acceptable to leave your kid to be bored at school?
Posted on MentalFloss by Brett McGuire
Online giant reddit was recently the site for one of my favorite read’s of the year, which was I Still Don’t Know How to Be Perfect by Roger Angell.
If you are not familiar with the recent play of quotes, here’s an example from Angel Cadaver’s version:
Only a fool trusts his own ideas.
Boba Fett would probably agree with this quote, and with my good friend Bob Percival there are enough Boba Fett gifs out there to support that notion.
From my own point of view, Boba Fett is just the coolest character in nerdland, and every time I hear the bass blaring from a construction zone, I silently scream, “I still don’t know how to be perfect.”
In today’s world where so many schools demand students carry stacks of homework every night and children are bombarded with advertising ads to make sure they are “extremely” done with their homework by each next math word count, how does a parent really decide how much their child needs to be studying for tests on a daily basis, without the advice and support of a teacher that has that burden for eight hours a day.
One of the ultimate ways to teach a child is through honest conversations about possible plan B’s, that is, the reality of what’s going to happen if things don’t work out. The only way a parent knows what will happen is if they had that conversation themselves. To not be able to tell a child that you’re in the same boat would be to fail the parent’s test as well as the child’s test.
Not to mention the irony of having this same parent who is constantly looking for answers, always looking for a million “spoilers” with every new game update, come to your house and attempt to ensure that all of your family’s frustration is dissipated with a perfect play and a perfect score.
I mean I’ve been there too. It’s absolutely not at all representative of the actual preparation process that takes place during the game…
This is an important lesson. It’s so important that schools start teaching this much earlier than they are currently doing. Teaching kids how to suck it up, not pointing a finger at others.
A fan can see Boba Fett on the poster of the above quote from Angel Cadaver. A fan can’t properly enjoy Boba Fett, unless he’s been told how the character truly feels.
Here’s the important point. If you’re a teacher and you know you have trouble making a student understand “this is your life or death situation. This is your chance to do good. And also your chance to fail miserably” how does that help the student, if you don’t have that exact dialogue?
Schools would do well to give a curriculum that takes place during the game sessions. One that is as in depth as necessary to teach the concepts of taking away, manipulating the game, honing your skills, learning to be stealth and much more.
What’s more, kids who go to schools that teach gaming more than they do math are better at it. I can’t count the number of friends I’ve played role playing video games with over the years that never did any of my homework, that even though they are better gamers than me, can’t even know how to do simple math.
Teaching such a curriculum would not only require computers that can handle the data requirements, but also programming, and even a few software tools that can create the most efficient and effective programming you’ve ever seen.
The fact that we are still having this conversation here at MentalFloss is ridiculous, and is something that needs to be addressed immediately.
Are you going to give your child the truth about the world today, to teach them how to best navigate their way through life? Or are you going to feed your child a few happy life stories of your own triumphs?
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