I teach kids as early as three up to the blooming age of ten. What I’ve found is that when you’ve done all your homework correctly, you can produce Kindergarten kids doing second or third grade level work not only in English, but even math, science, and other subjects.
Of course the problem rises once they enter Elementary school: do you downgrade your child’s ability to blend with other students or keep moving-up independently?
I asked one of my competitive student about this matter the other day, and she told me that she would find another school which can meet and keep up with her level. Of course if it’s school work you’re looking for, this is indeed, possible to achieve. But are we growing up to master school work? Or are we preparing for our future?
I started working when I was sixteen and I think that was a little late. After achieving a certain level of maturity, kids should be exposed to work as early as eleven or twelve through various internships, volunteers, or mentorships. The work will not be necessarily for achieving a salary. Rather, to teach them how to develop emotional intelligence and problem solving skills to cope with constant change as they seek what it is they like or good at doing.
The traditional path directs us to accumulate knowledge during the first half-of-life, and then begin your career onwards. In other words, you are betting your life on a system that promises you a job. Will that job still be available in the future? Nobody has any idea. But we can be sure that in the future this kind of path will be obsolete - we’re already witnessing the drastic changes in the job market today as we speak. That said, should we teach kids to keep betting on the system? Or can we do a better job by teaching them how to constantly change and reinvent themselves, like a chameleon camouflaging to its surrounding in response to different conditions?
It would be easy for young people in their teens to reinvent themselves into a completely new individual, but difficult for a fifty-year-old accountant who has two kids, two mortgages, and car payments. Likewise, a person who has never lost a job is more likely to enter a state of depression versus someone who has been trained to learn multiple skills, crafts or even jobs, and is able to adapt and cope with change.
My primary vocation allows me to take control of my time. However, it lacks security. The way I see it, I earn my salary by expending time. It is a public service. Perhaps one day this kind of service will also be obsolete. Therefore, it is my duty - as a husband and responsible individual - to add layers of security by creating multiple streams of income. In fact, given the nature of uncertainty, it should be in everyone’s priority.
Luckily, I’m not worried about the future and security of my livelihood - and neither should you - because the universe is infinite. It is constantly giving opportunities all around you. There is always something for everyone out there. Don’t put yourself in a position where you’re anxious for the next big thing or where things are going to go because that mindset will close you off the opportunity.
The important thing is to keep learning, be aware, and know where to look for them. When you’ve become narrow minded with your occupation, you’re not going to be there to notice the opportunity.