Make Your Child a Winner
It may seem strange, but two of my favorite quotes about education come from a study of military history. First, it is said that “During their training, officer candidates are rigorously taught how to win the last war.” Consequently, as future generals, they often find themselves using weapons and tactics that are no longer effective given significant changes in conditions and circumstances since the previous victory was achieved. Success in the next war is reserved only those who have managed to develop flexible, adaptive, innovative mindsets above and beyond the formal instruction they received.
Second, it is said that “The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.” The Duke of Wellington was able to defeat Napoleon not because he received superior schooling, but rather because he and his officers had developed exceptional abilities and talents in the areas of communication, coordination, cooperation, and creativity outside the classroom.
It is a wise parent of a three or four-year-old who keeps these quotes in mind. Once a child has been enrolled in preschool, there is a tendency to consider her continued participation in Romp n’ Roll to be largely unnecessary as her educational development now will be addressed in a classroom. However, it is critical to recognize that particularly in our complex and rapidly changing world of today, classroom instruction, no matter how efficient and extensive, cannot ensure future success.
So if your child has been or will be enrolled in preschool, I strongly suggest you consider continuing to enroll her in Romp n’ Roll. In her preschool classroom she will receive the kind of instruction that will allow her to function reasonably well in the future. But it is only through participation in the Art, Music, Adventure, and other fun, fascinating, free-form play classes at Romp n’ Roll that she will develop what she needs to truly flourish in the future and become capable of conquering the challenges that her parents and teachers have not even begun to contemplate.