A couple of days ago, Barack Obama delivered his farewell address. During his speech, as Obama thanked his wife and children for standing by his side, Sasha Obama’s absence became apparent. There was even a trending Twitter hashtag were people speculated as to where was Sasha.
Well, apparently Sasha was taking a science exam. When I heard the reason that she missed the address, I first thought, surely she could have gotten an excuse from school for that. At any rate, that is a decision that the Obama family made concerning Sasha’s education, and while I respect it, I would not have made the same decision for my teenage daughter.
Don’t get me wrong. As parents, my husband and I hold school work in high regard. So, I encourage my daughter to excel in school; however, school is not the end all, be all. There are some experiences in life that are just more important than achieving an A+ on a test. My daughter’s experiences out of the classroom, such extracurricular activities and family vacations, can be just as important as what she learns inside of a classroom. Through sports activities my teenage daughter has learned the value team work, good sportsmanship and perseverance. Through her musical activities, such as violin and orchestra, she has learned to engage an audience and overcome her fear of performing in front of a crowd. She’s learned to be a good friend who exhibits kindness and compassion just by making time for her friends outside of school. Lastly, by attending family get-togethers and outings, she’s learned that family comes first.
What are your thoughts? Should education be prioritized over everything? Please like, share, and comment.