I watched the documentary Race to Nowhere yesterday. The guy sitting next to me told me that the message only applied to 5% of the population, but whether or not I'm in that 5% is irrelevant; the message was a wake-up call.
I don't think it applies just to students; it really speaks out to parents. What are we pursuing in our own lives? And as a result, what are we pushing on to our children? I reflected on my own habits and discovered nothing too healthy about the way I work long hours just to come home and crash. What happened to reading fantasy or science fiction books? What happened to video games? What happened to basketball?
When I went to high school, where I "worked" about 8 hours a day, I could do all of those things. I guess, the difference is that my parents were taking care of the financial burden. But... how big does that burden have to be?
In any case, before I can start telling kids what to do... I need to look at my own life and tell myself what to do. And then do it.
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That sounds like an interesting doco, I think I'll try to find it
Hello_World on Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:22 am