I hope all of you had the fun and excitement of taking your kids to the school after the summer vacation. Some of them could be even more excited as they enter new School this year. I am wishing all of them a best year forward.
We all should take a moment in a weekend, think through, whether what the school teaches to our kids is enough? My thoughts, on Math and Science certainly not. I strongly believe children, most of them, have more potential then what we all believe they can handle. For any extra time that we ask them to study other than what their teachers tell them, first reaction will be definitely a whine. Lets not cave in there, I want all of you to realise, that they need a push to realise their potential. Aren't we as professionals, always being asked to deliver more than what we all can do? When as adults, we are all ready to push the envelope, to try and do, things that way beyond our potential, I am sure, kids have much more potential, than what they are being asked for.
I think that is enough to motivate you all to dedicate some more time to think, formalize a strategy on how do we ask our children to study more math and science. Want one good site? http://www.internet4classrooms.com/grade_level_help.htm. This site has lots of links to help your kids to study more.
So take some time, devise a plan, and give the kids enough incentives, to let them gain enthusiasm to do what we want them to do. There are more attractive evil in(de)centives are out there like TV, internet etc to lure their attention, we have to compete against such forces, lets be prepared.
Final words, kids have much more potential than what we all let them realise, they need that push, lets push them.
Good Luck to you all, lets review at the end of the year, what is that little extra that they have learnt, because of our efforts and planning.