According to the latest statistics, 3rd graders in the US are between 5 – 11 years old. And what does this mean for you? More education, better jobs, more options, more opportunities, more security and more freedom. If you’re a 3rd grader in your home country, you are probably old enough to be able to do whatever you want. But, the US isn’t as well-known for its freedoms as other countries.
I think it is very important that we stop and think about how we want our children to grow up.
As a parent of a 3rd grader, I think it is very important that we think about how we want my children to grow up as well. So that means that I’m going to be very intentional about my expectations for my son’s career and education.
The latest survey of 3rd graders in the US shows that, on average, they are about five years older than their peers in Germany. And that makes sense because we aren’t exactly the most progressive country. Most people that I have met in the US are from a fairly conservative background. So, we’re just not really on the cutting edge of society, at least in terms of how we talk and how we act.
Im not talking out of the blue here. In fact, it seems that more and more people in the US are going to be more like their German counterparts. As you may have heard of the recent case of a German boy who was sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping his sister in her native country.
This is what I mean by ‘going to be more like their German counterparts’. People in the US are becoming more like Germans in every way, from how they dress to how they talk to their parents and their friends. The Germans have the Germans, and the Americans have the Americans.
The other day I was in a grocery store and I spotted a kid who looked just like me. He was in his late teens or early 20s and carrying his grandmother’s purse. I looked at him and I said, “You are a German?” He looked at me blankly, smiled, and asked me, “Are you an American?” I said, “No, I’m not an American.
This kid is an American. He’s a third grader who lives in a suburb and goes to school in the same town as his grandmother. He might have been at that grocery store with his parents because they work at the same place and go to the same school. He is American, it’s just that he doesn’t realize it yet.
The third grader is an American, but his grandmother is not. He has no idea that his grandmother is American, and she does not know that he is American either. He just knows that he is not.
3rd graders are generally aware of how many Americans are in the country. But what about other countries? Some schools, like the public school where this child lives, teach that America is the land of the free, while others like the private school where his grandparents go often have the opposite message, that America is the land of the slave. So it seems that American children are no longer taught the message that America is a country where everyone is equal.