An ad flashed across the TV screen. “Is Your Child Happy in School?”
In 35 years of teaching I never knew, nor do I believe now, that the purpose of education was to make a child happy. Each of us, young or old, choose to be happy or not to be happy. If one has a personal goal, hard work, confidence and persistence will make one happy. If one concentrates on the disappointing things, one will be unhappy.
Is the pace too fast or too slow for your child? We know all children learn at a different pace – some quickly and easily, some labor long and hard. It would be difficult, if not impossible, for one teacher to accommodate the speed of each child in a classroom. Parent volunteers can make the difference – encouraging one-on-one the child who has handicaps for learning. A parent volunteer can challenge and encourage the quick learner.
School alone will never accomplish it all alone. It will always take a teacher and an interested involved parent, and a child who is taught anything is possible with hard work and persistence.
The most important lesson is not happiness, fast or slow learning. But rather learning to help one another makes all happy, be it fast or slow.