Our view

Our View editorials are opinion pieces written by Outlook staff.

We send our children to school to better themselves but now that  school is out what are we going to do to make sure they are constantly improving and growing?

Teachers are great at giving our children much-needed skills to survive in life throughout the school year and we as parents should reinforce those. Yes it’s summer and students deserve a break but we should still take moments as parents to teach. 

It could be as simple as getting a child to recall what he or she read last week or a quick math problem in the store to determine how long a child might need to save an allowance for a toy.

Those are great but probably the best thing we can teach our children is to be lifelong learners.

How many of us can remember in the early 1980s when cell phones were the thing of dreams?

Just think of the skills and jobs surrounding the industry. How did teachers and schools train people in the ’70s and ’80s for jobs in the wireless industry? They didn’t; they taught us to be lifelong learners.

So when the chance comes along to get a child to think, encourage them but let he or she come up with the idea. We need to make sure we are pushing our children to lifelong learning.