How much do your children or grandchildren know about money, where it comes from, and how to use it? Understanding money, the work required to earn it and the knowledge to manage it, are important parts of any good education. In late 2011, I opened trading accounts for all four grandchildren at Charles Schwab. These accounts weren’t some fancy inheritance tax strategy, or college savings accounts, rather small custodial accounts that couldn’t be cashed out until age 21. The goal was education …
My schools were always red brick. We sat in rows at our desk, facing the black board. The teacher talked. We listened. Period. Davidson Green School empowers students, from age three up through fifth grade, to learn how to be independent, creative, and responsible thinkers. That’s inspiring and it fits with what I want from education today.
A 73 year-old grandfather learns about boys from running with them after school. Finishing my fourth season of coaching a running program for middle-school boys, I feel I have gained some insights into working with boys during this awkward time in their development. I am not a child psychologist, nor a spokesperson for any running program; these are just a grandfather’s thoughts.