Smart Kids

18 Nov

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Author, Poet and ArtistI have my great grandfather’s fifth grade reading book called,  Appleton’s Fifth Reader (1880). In vocabulary it resembles a nowadays college literature book. It favors the Bible as a guide for life and explains its meanings and origins: Translation of the Twenty-Third Psalm: “The Lord my pasture shall prepare…

” It has numbered instructions as to how to live a spiritually, emotionally, and physically satisfying life in tune with your fellow human. I found this one particularly poignant: “Read no letters, books, or papers in company: but when there is a necessity for doing it, you must ask leave (permission).

” Poems such as, “Hymn to the Night,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow make up a large percentage of the Fifth Reader’s pages. “I heard the trailing garments of the night trail through her halls…”

As I page through I find many things I would not have been able to understand in the fifth grade. I doubt whether there are many fifth graders today who would understand either, but surely…if someone taught us?

Kid’s are smart. They can learn and they are capable of deep thinking. I met a second generation Egyptian girl who is eleven years old, and who  speaks English, French, Chinese, and Arabic. I can attest that her English is flawless. I don’t know about the others I can’t speak any of those languages. And the nice thing about her was that she was kind, cooperative, respectful and interested. She gently taught the younger children how to jump rope.

The two children across the street are home schooled, and boy are they happy, sweet, and respectful…fun too. Every Monday their mom drives them half an hour to Classic Conversations where their curriculum for the week is laid out for her and they are schooled as well. This brother and sister study and memorize the Bible, they learn about morals, and they learn about America.

Essie, the “about to be ten” child is in her second year of Latin. She says it’s easier than it was last year. She and her brother spoke of their History timeline in song. I asked if they would sing it for me, but they said it was thirteen minutes long. I asked for a sample and heard words such as Mesopotamia and Nicene.

So maybe given the vocabulary, they could understand the Appleton’s Fifth Reader from 1880. Maybe the second-generation Egyptian girl could too. Really why think there’s anything today’s children can’t learn? Maybe it’s a matter of parents who know what they want for their children going out and getting it.

Are we still a do-it-yourself country or is that all in the past? Try Googling, why home school? You’ll get a lovely surprise. Your kids don’t have to be under educated or follow the wrong kind of peer pressure. I know a lot of home schoolers who are all grown up now. I’d like for you to meet them. They are the good future for our country. If attitude is all important, then they’ve got the most important thing in the world, a great attitude. If you decide to home school, you can get all the support you need to give your once in a lifetime kids what you want most for them to have. Go for it! 

4 Responses to “Smart Kids”

  1. Onisha Ellis November 18, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    My parents only finished 8th grade and I have wondered why they didn’t seem to have suffered any loss by not graduating. Now I know why, they were educated far better than I was and certainly better than today’s public school students.


    • DiVoran Lites November 19, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      Isn’t that something! Yes, one of my grandmothers only got through third grade due to economic and location problems, and the other only got through eighth after which she taught for a while.


  2. Louise Gib son November 18, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    An educted child has such potential. An excellent writing, Dvoran.


    • DiVoran Lites November 19, 2013 at 11:35 am #

      Thanks, Louise. I’m reading a book I think you might like. When I see you, which I hope to do some day, I will give it to you.


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