I am very proud of my son (4.5) and daughter (7). They are both wonderful children. This year my daughter started first grade and she took on reading like a hurricane, she even participated in an Author Q&A segment on her old man’s blog. In four short months she went from reading books with three words on a page to reading chapter books.
Both my wife and I are amazed and are thankful for her wonderful teacher as well as content in seeing our labor (we take homework very seriously in our house) bearing fruits. This has been a tough year and the way our daughter is loving her school, teacher and classmates as well as being popular is one of the brightest spots in our lives currently.
Yesterday my wife picked up our daughter and her friend from school. Our daughter proudly opened up a book and her friend made a nasty comment. Of course my wife intervened immediately but that has gotten me thinking (a dangerous past time…).
Something really has to be done to make “smart” cool. I remember in my high-school when someone readily admitted to getting a “D” but the “A” students were embarrassed to say so.
It is a sad reality and I want my kids to be proud in their achievements, scholastic or otherwise. As Walt Whitman so eloquently said: “If you done it, it ain’t bragging” or young Clark Kent said in the classic Superman: The Motion Picture “[I]s it showing off if somebody’s doing the things he’s capable of doing? Is a bird showing off when it flies?”
We banned Disney’s The Suite Life on Deck because one of the characters on the show is a ditsy girl which our daughter found hilarious and started imitating. I keep telling her that people on TV are idiots and try to keep tabs on what is being watched/said/read/repeated in our household but of course our domain is limited and sometimes you just want 20 minutes of quite.
What does it say about our society that this type of “dumb is cool” attitude starts so early?
Zohar – Man of la book