The last two weeks three separate people opened up a conversation with me about teaching degrees. The first was from my sister-in-law who is going to miss her niece and nephews who are moving away next month. Although she has a registered nurse degree she said she always wanted to be a teacher because she loves kids. The second time was from my business partner who said that teachers must have intense computer training and production management skills nowadays since homework and assignments are done online. The third time was from a young co-worker who is impressed about how teachers make overtime after school, and how he and his brother should pursue getting teaching degrees.
There comes a point in school when parents could no longer help their children with homework. Hate to say it, but that point is usually has to do with Calculus Help. In the past, before the internet revolution, students had to go to after school classes or hire a private tutor multiple times a week.
Yet today in 2011, there are many ways to get Statistics Help online. The free websites are OK, but are frustrating because they are not structured and goal orientated. They do not have personalized Geometry Help 24/7.
A student needs all the competitive edges he or she can get, and a legit online tutoring program is invaluable to succeed.
Does a child need both parents? Dr. Richard Hoffman, Dr. Laura, college courses, and mainstream psychology in 2011 are pretty clear when it comes to answering that question: a boy needs a mother from ages 0-12, and a father from 13 on. A girl needs a dad from 0-12 and a mom from 13+.
Confused? Well, with divorce and separation being socially acceptable and seemingly fairly common in our modern liberal times, it is assumed that single parent households lack a father, mostly due to abandonment. It is assumed that no one takes over the father role at age 13, when puberty and peer pressure take in and a child needs a positive role model to be taught the ways of the world.
There is no question that a boy needs to be loved and nurtured by his mother as a kid. (Of course, all of these psychology statistics assume that the mother and father actually do their jobs). A girl needs a dad to get positive feedback from a man, since girls are preoccupied with socializing and physical image, more so that a boy that can just sit and play video games all day with no problems.
However once the kids hit (around 13) when they are East of Eden (puberty and peer pressure kick in- with temptations with sex, drugs, neglecting school work, clothes, being socially accepted by “cool kids”, getting the rebellious spirit against all forms of authority, having questions about traditions and religion, etc.) a teenager needs the guidance of the parent that can talk over the “adult” aspects of life.
A boy and dad can talk over ways to ask a girl out, talk to him about style, and the dad can show him what it is to be a responsible man. A mother and daughter can discuss periods, clothes, and dating. This is not to devalue single parents or relationships in which the reverse is true or that a child loves one parent more. The point is that teens have emotional requirements and have a bunch of questions that they are asking their friends at school or checking out on craigslist instead of talking it over with their parent. Again, if you are a guy, did you tell your mom when you kissed a girl for the first time? No, a teenage boy needs a dad to show him the ropes, and a teenage girl needs a mom to talk over the sensitive issues.
The most pivotal point in the development from a child to an adult are the rough teenage years when your child shuts him or herself out and values friends and social status over the love and authority of the parents.
As we close out 2010 and head into the uncharted territory of 2011, there are still old school guys that live in 1976. Case in point: I work in an office with a public restroom. Every day, there is a guy with newspapers in the stall. To avoid being graphic (I once got into trouble in 9th grade for writing about men’s restrooms), this man makes a lot of noise when it comes to moving his bowels. He must spend 20 minutes in their reading the newspapers, which are scattered all over the floor. At least he doesn’t leave them there; he takes them back to his office.
I never saw his face before until yesterday; sure enough he was 55-year old white man. What? Is that a racist statement? Were you expecting a-19 year old black guy? A 27-year old Cuban? No, this fossil still likes to take his newspaper in the bathroom. Mobile phone what?
Heck, we can’t blame him, though, right? He’s stuck in his habit and routine, which I’m sure most of us deal with. For example, I’m sure one day youngsters will make fun of me for still using “e-mail”.
Some of my local restaurants totally live in the Stone Age when it comes to the internet and SEO for Restaurants. Even those restaurant owners who have dabbled on the internet have a Restaurant Website Design from 1997 and wonder why they don’t have customers.
For example, I know a pizza restaurant owner who moved to Florida from New York, and he’s an old school guy that just believes in having an optimal location and quality food, and totally ignores trends and Statistics that SEO and internet marketing rely on.
Franchise owners also rely too heavily on their corporations to do all the promoting, when they could be using social media reviews and search engine locations to spread the word about their restaurant location.