Dennis Ian: Don’t Let Anyone Hurry Your Child


Governor Markell, David Sokola, Earl Jaques, Dr. Paul Herdman, Donna Johnson, Dr. Teri Quinn Gray, Michael Watson, Dr. Steven Godowsky and Kendall Massett: I strongly urge all of you to read this post. I didn’t write it so maybe that will be an enticement for you. Think of your own children or grandchildren. Is this really the life you want for them? Their childhood gone with… your legacies?

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Reader Dennis Ian shared this memory, which has lessons for us all about what we expect of children. Should a second-grader be on track for college or career? Read on.

Dennis Ian writes:

This has been warmly received and I thought that it might be of value to your readers especially because the spring assessments are nearly upon us …

“Time,Time, Time, see what’s become of me …”

I’m an old father now. My sons have sons. I own lots of memories. I polish the sweet ones and never dust the ones that hurt. I mind time now. I didn’t used to. In fact, like lots of you, I was reckless with time. Not any longer.

When I was a boy of about 9 or so, I had the temporary misfortune of being the last to the dinner table … and that meant sitting just to the left of my…

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