After a couple of decades of working with teenaged students, I’ve come to this conclusion. Every teen, no matter how they are doing in school and no matter what they say about school, knows that education is valuable and would like to be getting good grades. If this is so, you may ask, how do I explain why so many teens aren’t doing better in school? More importantly, you may be thinking, if that’s true, what can we parents do to help our teens do better?
In his best-selling book Drive, author Daniel Pink stresses that people are naturally motivated to explore, learn, and experiment. Sounds great, but maybe it seems as though your teen is discouraged or uninterested.… Continue reading