I recently came across an article put out by my friends business called Guaranteeing Success for your Child. “Guarantee”caught my attention and has a father of 3 (8, 3, and 1) I was instantly curious what is the secret!
The article discusses the work of a man named Geoffrey Canada. This man’s story is awesome and after reading this article I encourage you to do more research on his past and how he impacts children. The purpose of this article though is to discuss the key to successful children and also, the key to breaking out of poverty. Ready for it?
READ TO YOUR CHILDREN
This blog encouraged me to research Mr. Canada and I am inspired of his desire to do the right thing, support families, and advocate for education. He founded the Harlem Children’s Zone and The Baby College to help parents with children from age 0-3. They teach the solution to poverty: READ TO YOUR CHILDREN. These institutions have had AMAZING success. You can follow the links above to read about them or watching his excerpt on TEDTalks (20 minutes) or 60 minutes (14 mintues).
How does has he had so much success? Read the excerpt from the blog that highlights how he and his people are impacting our future generation.
“The more you introduce language to children, the more they grab it. Middle and upper middle class parents typically know that, but in those 97 city blocks of Harlem, no one had previously stressed the importance of reading.
It turns out that the biggest difference between the haves and the have-nots is language acquisition, because that translates into verbal ability.
James Heckman, an economist at the University of Chicago, found the difference in the sheer number of words that middle class parents speak to their child–as opposed to poverty class parents–differs by about 20 million words. So, by age three, your middle class child has been exposed to 20 million more words than a poor three year old.”
Geoffrey Canada wants to provide children raised in poverty the opportunity to achieve success and his institutions have been wildly successful. Do your research, share his story with everyone because you can be apart of the success of another child, and READ TO YOUR CHILDREN.
His schools have boasted 100% graduation rates and 100% college placement. They continue to stay involved with these students post-graduation. They “harass” them as a good parent should to be involved in their lives, preach that you can do it, and let their children know that they REFUSE to let them fail.
Kudos to you Mr. Canada and all that you are doing for our youth. I am truly inspired by you and your work.