A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1
I have seen thousands of children who have needed help with learning difficulties. As parents, we often tend to measure our child’s worth by grade achievement.
While grades are important to measure the learning skills of the moment, they might not really give a true picture of ability, skills or personal development and worth. We have ample examples of people who went far beyond their grades or school experiences. Albert Einstein, is said to have flunked 4th grade math. Ben Carson, who didn’t have the best beginning in school, became a world famous medical specialist and almost was elected president of the United States. Backwoodsman, Abraham Lincoln, was not a very good businessman, but paid his debts and was esteemed for his honesty and after failing at about everything, actually became our sixteenth president.
I am not advocating doing away with grades. They are just not the only measure of a boy or girl or a man or woman.
We might even be concerned our child has a learning disability, dyslexia or ADHD which someone has said needs medication. Usually, these issues can be eliminated by teaching organized skills and focus without medication.
Will a child’s character and his relationship with others, himself and even God, be honorable or will he just think about himself and what he wants?
Some research suggests if by 4th grade a child does not read at or above the 3rd grade level, the statistics are high that he will be in jail or prison during his lifetime. What might be responsible for that? Would it be the lack of good grades or the lack of positive, purposeful and truthful guidance in school and at home.
Proverbs 22:1 reminds us that, “A good NAME is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
It could very well be that those students who become excellent in what they accomplish in the classroom and in life, have been encouraged to develop a good name and to be esteemed as men and women of confident, strong and loving character.
Here are just a few nuggets of wisdom for achieving a good name and a productive life.
• Learn to be thankful, to give and to make the best of things without whining or excuses!
• Learn to do hard or challenging things build our brains and our character!
• Guide children to honor their parents and God by the good examples of those they are taught to emulate.
• Learn to read, write and understand math skills and to take learning seriously. Rather than being manipulated or pressured to take learning or grades seriously, a wise teacher or parent figure will lead by example.
It is something to think about!