It’s OK to Let You Kids Do Laundry

January 18, 2014

in NaBloPoMo, PTA, Santiago High School

lcffI’ve had the honor of working with the Corona Norco School District on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) steering committee for compliance to the California State Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) implementation process.

I know, that sounds like a whole lotta mumbo-jumbo, but it has been exciting and fascinating (as long as you try not to get to overwhelmed with the process and information coming at you 1000 MPH) to be on the forefront of some big and much needed changes in how our States education budget is distributed.

To do this, we (especially me) need to have as much knowledge and information as we possibly can so that we can determine how our District will divvy out the funds. So for the past few meetings, and for the meeting to some, we have been inundated with binders full of facts, data and history.

It’s been overwhelming and eye opening all at the same time.

This blog post isn’t really about any of that. I just had to write it so you could see where I got my info on the stuff my blog post is about.

So yesterday this guy came in and presented data on how and where our CNUSD kids end up after High School. His presentation was about a lot of things, providing pathways to our students for areas other than college (technical schools, certification programs…) but also he had a lot of info on why kids drop out of college.

Wanna know what one of the tops reasons was?

Because we as parents don’t prepare them for life in the real world.

I shit you not.

We make sure our kids get good grades and excel in sports. We do everything we possibly can to make sure they have the best possible options when it comes to college, but we have forgotten to let them make mistakes and do their own laundry. So the kids head off to college and many of them don’t know how to register for a class because we have always done it for them. They don’t know how to grocery shop, sweep the floor or change their sheets. They don’t know how to organize themselves or time manage their classwork. They are completely lost on this big campus with no Mom in sight and they simply can’t do it.

And to make matter worse these kids are normally the overachievers in the bunch. They have never really failed at anything. And they have never really had to try or work hard either, things normally come easy for these kids. So the pressure of not being able to succeed is traumatizing.

This information really floored me.

I guess the moral of the story is to make sure we teach our kids how to grow up and not just get good grades.

They will be better off for it in the long run.

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