Re: U.S. Postal Service Staff Should Be Helpful
by calm - Posted Sun July 15, 2007 @ 4:53 PM
In around 7 years your son may be on a college campus somewhere with instructors who expect him to be able to comprehend a syllabus.
He may be on a job somewhere with supervisors who expect him to be able to figure out his time sheet.
He may find himself very confused one April as he attempts to understand the instructions on his tax forms.
I've already encountered many young people who can't do any of that, and who moreover have no clue what to do about the fact that they can't. (The discovery, at the start of May, that there are people in their fourth or fifth semesters at the school who haven't read any books at all yet because they cannot tell from looking at their syllabi whether they are in fact supposed to read anything is depressing.) So I'm certainly not saying that he won't have company.
But presumably you, as his father, would like him to succeed in life, and one of the ways you can do that is to express confidence in his ability to face challenges and meet them. (If my father had, when I was 11, made public a letter in which he doubted my ability to figure out how to look up a zip code I would have been ashamed, and my parents really didn't think too much of me as it was.) After all, it would be very depressing if as a young adult he went off and got a job and couldn't even stand out among peers who had no idea what they should put down for "start time" and "end time" after a shift, wouldn't it?