My father was a self-employed painting contractor. As a child I observed his love of work and determination to grow intellectually even though he left school after the eighth grade – in his day, an accepted thing to do.
Leaving school did not diminish his motivation to learn. I can still see him sitting on the sofa with book in hand learning all he could about whatever piqued his interest. Dad always told me, “The more you can do in life, the more independently successful you will be.” Dad’s passing did not diminish my motivation to learn. He modeled well the life skills needed to survive in a competitive work world.
I reflected on Dad’s lessons as I viewed the following video “How can we improve early education?”
Listen as D. Quinn Mills, Consultant; Past Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School and expert on the differences between Asian and Western leadership styles shares his views on how we can improve early education by instilling in children motivation to learn.