Saturday’s entry in my Daily Stoic (link is to Amazon) was a reminder that adversity reveals, an excellent topic during these times.
This week, my kids are wrapping up an academic year’s worth of math.
Five weeks to learn, one week of review – on to the next year’s concepts.
Financial price was ~$500 per kid. The price in time was 4 classes a week (1-on-1, 30 minutes) and 4-6 homework sessions of 20-45 minutes each. The classes were led by a Middle School teacher. Her skill is how we made such rapid progress.
My role was making it happen and dealing with the occasional fallout when the kids struggled with the new concepts.
- Financial investment – less than expected.
- Time investment – less than expected.
- Emotional Investment – more than expected.
It’s probably like that with a lot of things.
The true skill lies in pushing through the emotional hurdle of the status quo.
Our experience with Summer Math reminded me that harder is more meaningful. The kids have gotten a lot out of their struggles. In overcoming “math,” they know they have achieved something.
The challenges of these times have demanded more from all of us. Hopefully, you’ve seen the benefit of having to step up.
Difficult does not imply worse.
Our local and state governments have done an excellent job at navigating through the early stages of this crisis. I disagree with a lot of what they’ve done! Part of what they’ve done well is manage all of the disagreeing voices.
The process of translating “the choices of government” to “an outcome in society” requires social trust and cohesion.
America has trust issues and many are making them worse. However, the lesson here isn’t for our country or your local jurisdiction. The lesson is for your family and your marriage.
There’s a balance between competence and cohesion. To lead, to govern, you need to be keeping both in mind and acting in a way that builds social cohesion.
Time and time again, I have been surprised by outcome.
We are 15 weeks into a process that will take far longer than I expect.
Adversity will continue to reveal.