Posted at 16:28h
Written by Dr. Joel Wade
"If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s"
Since the dawn of time, parents have wanted the best for their kids. They are our link to the future beyond our own time here on earth. But more importantly, we feel a connection with our kids, a visceral bond. When they’re happy, we feel delight; when they hurt, we feel pain. When they succeed, we feel proud; when they fail, we feel the loss.
It’s natural to want good things for our kids. We want them to grow into strong, good people; we want them to have work they love that enables them to live well; we want them to find good friends and a wonderful mate with whom they can grow a wonderful, loving life. We want them to succeed.
There’s an expression of this natural sentiment, though, growing across a larger spectrum of our population, and it troubles me.
There are certain colleges that are supposedly the doorway to success, and those colleges are very difficult to get into; not necessarily because they provide the best preparation, but simply because so very many people are vying for so few openings.
…then there are certain High Schools that are the doorway to getting into those
colleges; certain Jr. High Schools and Elementary Schools that are the doorway to those
High Schools. There are even places where there are top pre-schools and kindergartens that you must
attend if you are going to get into the top elementary school.