How to deal with report cards: Putting a priority on education

Jan. 29, 2013 @ 04:07 PM

There are some days where I can really do nothing but just shake my head.

I just don’t understand.

I don’t get it.

I don’t get today’s generation of kids.

When did PlayStations and text messaging rank higher on the evolutionary learning scale than classwork and learning the difference between right and wrong?

Now, I have to admit, the prospect of parenting has always scared me to no end. Whether it be because of not knowing how to deal with different circumstances or just hoping that I would never have to deal with what, I assume, my parents had to deal with when I was growing up.

But, in hindsight, I have to discount the last because I was a pretty well-behaved, well-mannered and studious child.

I was never really one for causing trouble, getting into a lot of sticky situations or hanging out with kids I really wasn’t supposed to.

However, I have learned — rather quickly I might add — today’s kids don’t always have that to say about themselves.

Don’t get me wrong, I am certainly not bagging on kids or somehow saying they are all bad. That is not the case at all.

I just have a hard time understanding why the priorities are not more in line as they were when I was growing up.

In all honesty, I was pretty close to a straight-A student in high school. In fact, I would tremble with the thought of having to bring home anything less than an A on a report card.

Today, however, kids seem to find any and all viable excuse as to why their grades aren’t up to par.

I can understand if learning just isn’t their thing. The classroom is a difficult setting and not all children learn the same way.

My issue comes with those that just fail to even apply themselves in the basic sense.

Doing homework, asking for help with things they don’t understand and just making a general effort would garner much more understanding from me.

But, doing those things would take away from playing games online, texting or even Facebook messaging friends.

There has to be a priority and education has to be it.

If we are ever to be hopeful of competing in what has been called a “global economy” our children have to understand that it all starts with education.

Being technology savvy is great, but I am sure that the careers involving gaming consoles are few and far between.

Just a little effort ... that’s all I ask.


Matthew Clark is the Editor of The Daily Courier. He can be reached at 828-202-2927 or emailed at Follow him on Twitter @UMass_MClark