I can’t stop thinking about the year 2020. As a working mom of four, that might seem odd—especially since most mornings it’s near impossible just to make it out the door with lunches packed, shoes matched, teeth brushed, and faces clear of breakfast crumbs (mine included).
But the more I think about it, the more I realize that for the graduates of 2020, the future is already upon us.
My oldest child is seven years old. She’s at that wonderful age where everything is interesting and bursting with possibility. She loves to explore, to create, and to question. She’s excited to get to school every morning.
I want so badly to keep her here, in her world of relentless curiosity—but another reality is looming. Once kids hit nine or ten, distractions add up, standardized testing moves in, and learning suddenly becomes less like play and more like work.
The truth is, the middle-grade years are critical predictors of success in high school, college, and beyond—but this is the exact age at which many kids lose interest in learning. School loses relevance to daily life; it moves from studying bugs in jars and baking bread to ever-thicker textbooks and multiple-choice tests. Our instructional methods, to be blunt, begin to really suck.
As a former elementary-school teacher, I have the utmost respect for these superhuman individuals and their endless amount of giving. They are painfully aware that current instructional methods do not deliver desired outcomes or motivate students. They are trying to effect classroom change and adapt to the technological advances that are breaking the field wide open.
But change is slow. 2020 is only eight years away and that graduating class is nine years old. Kids need a bridge NOW.
Which brings me back to my daughter: Though I can’t stop her from growing up, there are some things I can do to help her along the way.
I can help her prepare for the challenges that lie ahead, both in school and in life.
I can give her the confidence in her ability to make sense of the world, even when I’m not around.
I can equip her with the tools she needs to make informed decisions.
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