Thursday, August 7, 2014

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Wearing LeBrons: The Cost of Success

Yes, We Rise|  Wearing LeBrons:  The Cost of Success

I had a conversation with a friend several weeks ago; we ended up talking about opportunity costs. He runs a tutoring business and lamented how hard it was to get his students and parents to understand that you have to sometimes spend money to improve your situation.

"The issue is that these people don't see the inherent value in what they spend and how they spend it!" 

He was telling one particular student about a program that he might to look into to improve their test scores.  I told him, "just say that the program cost the same as a pair of LeBron’s".  The shoes cost approximately $200-$300. We both knew that we have seen both students and parents scrimp and save to buy these sneakers, yet balk at opportunities that will improve their lives (through exposure to something new or life skill acquisition).

I'm not here to make morality judgments, or to stand on a soapbox about what people need to do with their money. As an educator I've had the opportunity to teach students who could have benefited from more weapons in their life skill box. We all aren't able to spend or buy in the fashion that we might to, but we have an obligation to give our children (the all-inclusive village concept) the best that we can.

One of the best things that we can do is to take children on day trips; local museums, historical spaces, scientifically themed places. Allow them to take ownership of any knowledge that they may gain.

If you expose children to things that they wouldn't ordinarily experience, then you have done them a huge favor. You have allowed them to see that there is something else. My wife and I have made it our mission to expose our children (both biological & “adopted”) to seeing that we (the historically oppressed and underrepresented) have and continue to make contributions to this country. You’d be surprised to find the history that is literally at your feet.

We have taken trips to the places that I mentioned earlier & even day trips to points of interest within a day’s drive. Why do we do this? You can either complain about the problems and issues associated with today’s youth or you can actively contribute in changing said problem, one person at a time. I benefited from these same types of experiences and feel that I should pass the torch.

My Grandfather used to say “They can take everything away from you, but they can’t take away your education!” All education isn't found in the dusty tomes in the corners of libraries. We are visual, tactile and naturally inquisitive. When we foster a love of inquiry in our youth, we have accomplished much. All of the activities that I have mentioned in the preceding commentary cost less than a pair of LeBron’s and the results will last longer than his career; they last a lifetime.

Opportunity Cost- A benefit, profit, or value of something that must be given up to acquire or achieve something else. Since every resource (land, money, time, etc.) can be put to alternative uses, every action, choice or decision has an associated opportunity cost (


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