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Ron Paul Curriculum Tip of the Week – December 14, 2013
American teens spend 4 hours a day watching TV. This is up from 3 hours in 2004. That is a one-third increase. Awful!
But their parents watch even more.
Add to this Web surfing, phone chatting, texting, and just goofing off.
It is not surprising that American students are falling behind the rest of the developed world in performance.
Time management is one problem. Lack of motivation is the other big one.
Students in homeschool environments have an advantage. Their parents are involved in their education. They can see that their parents are motivated. That helps the students stay motivated.
Every parent wants his child to be above average, as in Lake Wobegon. The way to do this is to provide positive sanctions for good performance. Also important: a good curriculum.
Parents have no control over the environment in bricks-and-mortar schools. They do have control over homeschooling.
Set the pattern. Watch less TV. “Do as I do, just as I do.”