Writing is one of the most valuable skills you can give to your child.
This simple process will help develop mad skills.
You will multiply his or her earning potential in almost any job, career, or business. It will make him more competitive in several ways.
The Ron Paul Curriculum requires students to write at least one essay per week, starting at the age of 14 or sooner.
As a parent, one of the best things you can do is review your child’s writing and other essays and help them build their skills.
This is easier than it sounds, and might even be fun.
If you don’t know a lot about the topic, this makes the process even better. Here's how it works.
Four steps to stronger writing
- All you really need to do is read the essay, and ask about anything you don’t understand.
- Make your child explain it to you. Make him answer all of your questions.
- Once he does this, he should go back and rewrite the essay in a way that clarifies every point you raised. If he can’t do this, he needs to go back and study.
- Keep at it until the essay is clear and complete.
This simple process develops several vital skills.
First, it forces your child to think clearly about the material. Explaining it to you is the equivalent of “lecturing to the wall,” a technique that’s outlined in the ABC Academic Boot Camp of the Ron Paul Curriculum.
More importantly, you’re training your child to communicate clearly in both verbal and written form. Note that we’re not saying anything about grammar, spelling, a 5-paragraph essay, or any "magic formula."
Instead, you’re building an important habit. This exercise involves taking in and understanding complex material. It means presenting that material in a way that someone else can understand.
Do this enough and your child will automatically get better at anticipating ideas that are unclear. He’ll learn to spot gaps in his own knowledge. She’ll instinctively think more clearly and critically about anything that comes up in the media, in business, or in life.
This is a skill that can’t be replaced by computers or machines. It’s a way to reach markets and build teams around the globe. Learning how to write science or history essays may help your child pass the CLEP, but the benefits go far beyond this.
Any time he or she has to write sales copy, give a speech or presentation, write an article for email or a blog, just think of the advantage you will have given your child!
Someday in the future, when your child has to sell his or her ideas, she’ll already be far more prepared and polished than anyone with just a “traditional” education in a public school or diploma factory.
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