by Dr Boyce Watkins
This is a true story. Please share it with those who are looking for solutions for their children.
A mother who lived in the projects had a son who earned the highest score in the entire state on a standardized test. The board of examiners drove hundreds of miles to verify the results, because they had a hard time believing that a child in one of the poorest school districts in the state could get the highest score without cheating.
So, they made the child retake the test under their direct supervision. To their surprise, the child scored even higher the second time. They could no longer deny that he obtained this score ethically.
One counselor at the school met with the child’s mother, who was a humble, God-fearing woman She wore clothes you could easily buy at Walmart, and earned minimum wage on her job.
The counselor, who was accustomed to parents spending large amounts of money to get their kids ahead of the curve, took the mother to the side and asked her, “What’s your secret? How did you pull this off?”
The mother simply said: “I take my son to the library everyday and we don’t turn the TV on in our house. That’s it.”
So, this single mother in the projects, who didn’t have much education herself, solved the very complex educational problem that some of our leading experts in government have never been able to figure out, despite being given access to billions of dollars in resources.
She just turned off the TV and made sure her son was reading. She kept him away from the nonsense and guiding him toward books.
Moral of the story: The solutions to your problems can be either complicated or simple, it all depends on you. There are always opportunities to improve your life and achieve your goals if you look for them. Stop making everything so complicated, turn off the TV and pick up a book. You’d be amazed at how this makes a major difference.