This I Believe

Corey - chesapeake, Virginia
Entered on November 17, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30

A child’s knack for learning his or her mother language at such an early age is astounding. Based on this information, Shinichi Suzuki developed a philosophy of education that was created to teach children at very young ages to play violins during World War II. He conjectured that every single child has the potential to achieve a high level of musical triumph if they were taught in the right way. It was then applied to other forms of instruments as well as academics. I believe that the Suzuki Method is a very valuable learning technique parents can use to help their children progress and live a happier life. Through this method, the subject of education is introduced to the child as young as 3 to 5 years old. Learning one’s language is a particularly difficult subject, yet most children pick it up with ease as their mind develops. Introducing them into the right learning environment can miraculously get a child to learn rapidly beyond what he or she’s level of education would normally be at.

Even though I was not given this advantage to learning, it interests me and also gets me thinking about what I could do in my life now and the opportunities that could have opened up to me. Maybe life would be different for me if I had mastered bass guitar or some other instrument at a young age. It’s not a very satisfying feeling when I can go on and find an 8 year old kid rocking the bass ten times better than me. Now, however, all I can do is wonder what could have been and keep trying as hard as I can to produce results.

I believe in the potential of children and that if they are given the right education earlier on, it will give them pride and respect and above all else, happiness. The future generation of children is going to be an important one and we as future parents need to give our children every possibly advantage they can receive. A child’s mind is a terrible thing to waste, right?