I have very high standards for my kids.
I expect them to be clean, polite, well-fed, friendly, and respectful, among other things.
But nowhere do my standards rise to such lofty heights as they do with the education of my children.
Because we school at home, I have the luxury of expecting so much more from my son and daughter than I would if they were still working under the low bar set by the public school system.
Sometimes my kids get a little frustrated that I make them do assignments two or three times.
Like I said, my standards are high. But are they too high?
I make them write neatly. I demand that their sentences be complete. I ask them to stay within the margins of their paper. I require that their thoughts be coherent.
Best of all, I actually expect them to have correct spelling and grammar!
High standards don’t have to be impossible standards.
I also expect my kids to read at or above grade level, to memorize the times table, to know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, to be aware of the geography of our planet, and to have a general understanding of the foundations of Western Civilization.
I tell them to learn something new each and every day.
Is that so much to ask?
Kids today lack the basics for one simple reason. Nobody is setting high standards for them. Not the schools, not their parents, not society. In fact, it seems to be just the opposite as children all too frequently hear, “You don’t need to know that for the test.”
While everyone else is dumbing things down, I’m trying to smarten things up.
My kids know they’re expected to do their best, on every lesson and assignment. If they don’t, they do it over. And they keep working on it until they get it right.
If they do these things, I believe they’ll find success in life, in whatever form they choose.
Those are my standards, and I’m sticking to them.
What are yours?