How would you respond?

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How would you respond?
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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 9:04pm

How would you respond if you were the teacher?


Recently, in my third grade class, we were having the "What do you want to be when you grow up?" conversation.

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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 2:00pm

Although being a pro-baller is an unlikely occupation for most kids, kids from a low socio-economic background have no worse a chance at it than kids from a high socio-economic background. In fact, looking at the NBA, they actually have a BETTER shot at it than kids from a high socio-ecomic background (which still doesn't make it likely). Rather than shooting down those hoop dreams, encourage them to both study hard and play ball hard. Sports scholarships do get a few kids into a college that they otherwise could not afford or possibly even get into. Even many kids who will never get into pro-sports will be able to go to an otherwise unreachable college on a sports scholarship if they work hard enough and are talented enough. A sports scholarship into college is far more attainable than playing pro and it's not a dream you should shoot down.

In fact, don't shoot down ANY dreams. Unless you want to go down in history as that teacher who said "you'll never be able to do it" and was famously wrong. Although you'll go down in history just as "a teacher" rather than having anybody remember your name. Nobody remembers the name of Einstein's teacher who said he'd never amount to anythig. But everybody remembers that he said it.

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Registered: 01-25-2008
Sun, 01-27-2008 - 2:04pm

But it's not HER responsibility or right to kill a dream of an 8 year old.


My stepdaughter used to tell me she wanted to be a veterinarian, a dancer, an artist, a mother, and in her spare time win american Idol.....now is all that possible??

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 01-27-2008 - 2:25pm
Last time I checked, motherhood doesnt end in the teen years. One is a parent for life.

Dj


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Dj

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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 2:26pm
My sister's only ambition in life has been to be a SAHM.
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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 2:29pm

Dj

"Now when I need help, I look in the mirror" ~Kanye West~

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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 2:33pm
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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 2:38pm
I agree with all this.
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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 2:46pm
One is a parent for life. However, once the kid is an adult, a SAHM is out of a job. Time previously spent supervising, chauffering and raising the kid must now be spent doing something else. Sure, a 25yo will call for advice from time to time. And becoming a grandma can definately involve childcare all over again (if one is so inclined- and located near enough). But it's just not going to be the daily time-sink that supervising playdates, chauffering and keeping teens out of trouble used to be.
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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 2:56pm

I have a HUGE smile right now because I think you have seriously misunderstood me.

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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 2:58pm
As for needing a sports scholarship, my students will qualify for full financial aid, and won't need scholarships.
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