Teach – your children well

I've just had a great week. Out there on the water, watching the
best group of kids growing and evolving. These will be our future
leaders, and what we are handing them is no picnic. They will be
force-fed whatever is needed to meet NCEA requirements, and
National Standards. 

 But - will they be equipped for the world we hand on to them?
Some kids didn't come sailing this year -didn't want to lose the
credit-earning time. How sad. I reckon the social, leadership,
problem-solving and strategic skills the youngsters pick up, far
outweigh a week of academic cramming. Particularly if the cramming
 includes economics.

This was circulating in my brain during the week
(there's a lot of free space):

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
by Graham Nash

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well,
Their father's hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you'll know by.
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.
And you, of tender years,
Can't know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well,
Their children's hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you'll know by.
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

Kind of apt.
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