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Don’t forget to let kids be kids as they do their schoolwork

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My Views

By Mary Barczak

 I had the opportunity to photograph the district’s science fair recently and I would like to share with you some of my findings.

Now it’s been about 10 years or so since I’ve been to one, but when did when did the projects get so complicated and involved?

I entered the science fair twice when I was in school.

The first project I did was about trees and the second about the solar system. Someone almost always did a volcano.

But there were no volcanoes in sight at this fair.

There was a project that measured the release of energy from scented candles and one about measuring the likeness of ones’ face.

And they were both awesome I assure you, but when did we stop letting kids have fun?

Teachers who are in charge of grades as low kindergarten are now having to work on college and career readiness. That seems a bit young to be worried about that if you ask me.

And it’s a great idea, education is of upmost importance, however, I think it ties into a bigger underlying issue.

Everyone wants to be one step ahead.

And they want it fast. To eat. To shop. Get to work. Grow up. Get a job. (I know I’m guilty of it too).

And before you know it, you’re wishing your whole life away getting from each stone to stone without taking a chance to enjoy the ride.

Yes, America’s been able to figure out how to stayed connected to the internet with the smartphone and how to satisfy your craving for a cheeseburger in under five minutes at 1 a.m. drive thru, but we haven’t figured out how to turn back time yet.

You’ll never get to be a child again and play on the pee wee football team. Your parents will get older. And your stack of bills will get higher.

Parents I just ask as your children grow older don’t forget to let them have some fun too.

Yes, the lessons I learned in school helped me to get where I am today, but I think the days I spent indirectly learning at my own pace by having fun at the library, swimming pool and zoo with my family has been more valuable. Let kids be kids.