Educators should teach their kids about education first as part of a comprehensive curriculum, said Jim Schmitz, the president of the American Council of Education.
The aim is to give kids a sense of purpose in learning by providing them with the tools they need to make an informed decision about where to start and what to do next, he said.
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“The first thing we need to do is get them excited about learning,” he said in an interview.
“You want them to be able to see how their choices and choices and values will impact their future.”
Schmity said that parents often worry about what they will learn about their kids at home.
“We can’t have that,” he added.
“If you’re worried about what your kids are learning, you need to get them going in the right direction.”
Schmidz said parents can also have a bigger impact on their kids’ educational outcomes by being supportive and giving them the resources they need.
For example, parents can take a moment to introduce a child to a game or activity that they want to introduce them to later, said Schmitzz.
A simple game like Tetris or the word game Word Search could be used as a “starting point,” he suggested.
The more parents encourage their kids to try something new, the more likely they are to succeed, Schmitze said.
A recent survey by the National Council on Teaching Excellence found that over half of teachers say parents are their biggest influence on their students’ education.
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Schmitzes goal is to get parents excited about educating their kids, and to provide parents with the resources to do so.
“It is a great idea to make education as important as anything else you do, because it will make your child happy, learn and grow,” Schmitzie said.
Parents should consider investing in a personal digital assistant, he added, to get access to a personalized education experience that can help them navigate their kids.
“One thing parents are going to do better than any other people is to have a personal assistant,” Schmittz said.
“The fact is that the people in your life are going on your time.”
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