Parents must teach shades of gray

With many kids on school vacation, I wish to remind all parents to ‘teach your children well.’ By well I mean what matters. Teachers cannot do that. Only you can.

Teachers are paid to teach the things with known right answers. Surely you remember — much of what you had to learn at school you knew had one right answer. The aim of the game as taught by your teacher was for you to memorize that one right answer.

Then you left school and discovered, to your surprise, that most of the things that happen and matter in the real world do not actually have only one right answer. Yes, often one answer does produce really good results, but more often many answers produce totally acceptable outcomes.

And yet, imagine the public outcry if teachers dared to deviate from black and white to ambiguity. That’s why parents matter – to teach us shades of gray.