Arming Children for Academic Success

Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Arming Children for Academic Success
By: Phila R. Robinson

The last of the fireworks have come to an end and the temperatures are blazing hot but believe it or not summer vacation is coming quickly to a close. Teachers begin making preparations for the upcoming year and taking a look at how their school year will take shape. As parents we should be taking the same initiative. Waiting on someone else to prepare us for what’s to come is unacceptable. Our children deserve parents who take the time to prepare them for the school year. This preparation takes some thought and some doing. Even if you have not done this in the past, it is not too late to start.

Arming our children to be successful this school year can begin with simply answering the question “Who am I?”. This question gives us the opportunity to talk with our children about our story. By answering this question we can tell them the “why” of Booker T. Washington and W.E. B. Dubois and a host of others. We can answer the question of why these men and many others were important. If our children begin to see how they fit into history through the achievements of our ancestors they will gain a deeper understanding in all of their academics.

In addition, our children must be armed spiritually. When we teach our children that they are made in the image of God, we are empowering them. Realizing that God is a part of them and in every other living thing makes children look at the world differently. Now they see that harming a plant, an insect, or a fellow classmate is harming God. Imagine what a different world this would be if all children were taught to respect the God in each and every living thing. We would not experience school violence nor would we be afraid to send our children to school.

Moreover, children that recognize the God in themselves and others have a different way of learning. As a young child, my grandparents would make us learn scriptures from the Bible. My grandmother always said to learn them “by heart”. I never really understood this until I was introduced to the creation story of my ancestors. In this particular reading God creates the world using his heart, mind, and tongue. Whatever we desire our children to learn we must first allow them to put it into their heart. Then that same thought is processed by the mind and finally the tongue speaks it into existence. I noticed that those children in the classroom who used this particular way of learning always out performed those who chose to do it some other way. This particular process is not foreign to us. In fact it is the way we were meant to learn. It is a natural way of doing things. Teaching our children to create as God did, arms them for success. Children who are taught this concept of creation tap into their creative side on a deeper level. They use the heart, mind, and tongue to observe the world around them.

Because of the condition of the world around us, we cannot leave it up to chance when it comes to our children’s well being. If it means that we must turn off the TV and use that time to talk about our history I say do it. If it means that we must take a little time to go to the library to find meaningful books for our children to read I say do it. Even if we must encourage them to complete projects for the summer I say do it. Everything that we do must be focused on creating productive members of society. The only way to do this is to take the initiative. As a classroom teacher, I know how difficult it is to fulfill cultural, spiritual, and academic initiatives in a school year. Therefore, I will not leave that up to chance as a parent.  

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