Reach One, Teach One

Posted on October 25, 2011 by

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From the first time we open our eyes, to the last time they close, the quintessential drive for all species is the underlying drive for knowledge.  Every culture pursues and values knowledge differently.  In a remote part of the world, the Bajau Laut Tribe, who live in the ocean surrounding Southeast Asia, knowledge is centered around surviving both on and from the ocean.

In the Chinese culture, knowledge is the foundation for education and respect.  On the other hand, in American society, education is first taught to us by our parents (environment) and then it comes in the form of formal education.  America is the strongest nation, but in terms of knowledge we are the weakest.  I believe this for several reasons.  If the oceanic tribe didn’t live up to their fullest potential, in terms of knowledge and the sea, they would cease to exist.   In the Chinese culture, parents often disown their children and never speak to them again, just because their children may have went against their wishes.  In American society, we drown all the time. High school drop-outs rates are astronomical from state to state.  College freshmen retention rates aren’t much better either.  As a culture, which includes myself, we often give up too early.  I believe the best way to truly become the STRONGEST nation would be to devote more to the educational needs of the up and coming youth.  Education is nationwide but it isn’t standardized due to income and location.  Everyone can’t afford private school or college.  Because of this, Indiana implemented the Upward Bound Program which offers support to the less fortunate

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their
preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for
participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their
higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from
low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither
parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the
rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and
graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

You’re never too young to learn.  Many Indiana University South Bend students and I agree on this fact.  The IU South Bend Student Government Association wants to empower all children and a few lucky 6th graders were able to reap those benefits.  Unbenounced to me, my daughter and her 6th grade class were participants in the “Know How to Go Project.”

On the morning of September 30th, the IU South Bend Student
Government Association (SGA) and others went to Elkhart schools for
the Know How to Go project, teaching children about the usefulness of post-high
school education and how they can start working towards one.  In turn, the program wants to create a
positive effect not only on the future students, but to the future community as
well. “Our community is also a benefactor because this program will help
increase the amount of educated and skilled workers in our workforce,” said
Joel Whitlock,
a senator of the SGA.

Thumbs up, IU South Bend (SGA)!  For any parents out there, V-tech educational games (V.Reader and MobiGo) are worth the money, and they work extremely well.  My son just turned 3 years old and I bought him a V.Reader when he was 2 and MobiGo when he was 2 ½ years old.  For all my readers, he recites over 500 words, he reads 175 words and he never shuts up!  It’s beautiful!

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