What Parents Can Do to Fill in the Education Gaps

If you have kids who haven’t started school yet, this information will help you plan ahead and be prepared. If your kids are already in school, it’s still not too late.

Think back to elementary school. Did your children learn phonics and how to sound out words using syllables? Probably not. For some reason, the education system decided that learning new words by sight only was the better way. Students were given a page full of age-appropriate “sight” words. They were never taught how to sound them out or how to break them into syllables. As long as they recognized the entire word, they were fine. The result of the “sight words” method produced high-school students who can’t sound out unfamiliar words or figure out how to pronounce them.

At any grade level, were your children required to learn the U.S. presidents and be able to list them in order? Did they ever learn all 50 states and capitals and could they label them on a map? Did they recite and can they still recite the Pledge of Allegiance by heart? Can they identify other countries, continents, or oceans on a map?

You might be asking yourself, “What American wouldn’t be able to answer yes to these questions?” The answer is: Most people in their twenties or younger can’t because our education system took a detour from some of the most basic lessons. Of course, there are those exceptions – the rare school who realized the importance, the students who learned things out of pure desire and interest, or the parents who recognized it was important even though the schools skimmed right by them.

For the most part, our education system is so broken that they are neglecting the basics that any American should be taught. We’ve become a nation where schools focus on the numbers, the test grades, and how they can spoon-feed information so every student passes. So many high schools still promote college as the be-all, end-all solution at the same time many college graduates are in debt and unemployed.

Aside from a student’s academic requirements, they must also be involved in extracurricular activities, sports, volunteerism, clubs and organizations while still trying to be a normal teen with free time. The pressure is enormous to perform and many do. However, some of these same high-achieving students still can’t sound out an unfamiliar word, name even a fraction of our presidents, identify our 50 states and capitals, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, or have a clue what countries are on other continents.

So where do these education detours leave us as parents? It means we have to pick up the slack and fill in the gaps where education fails. It means starting early with your kids to teach them how to sound out new words. It means playing geography games with young kids and using maps to teach them about our country and the world. It means reinforcing the importance of knowing our presidents, or at a very minimum, being able to name and number the ones who made the biggest impact on our country. It means taking the pressure off them from getting straight A’s but instead actually learning the information so they can use it in life. It means not overloading them and letting them enjoy their childhood. It means being a parent and doing what’s right for your child even if that means going against the education system today.

Investment Education in 3 Minutes

Be it in the stock market or real estate, anyone will make money only with proper investment education. With long-term thinking. Not with the mentality of buying one day and regretting the next. But most people find it difficult to think different from the herd. They rejoice when prices rise and get deflated when they fall. Eventually they succumb to fear and greed. But the crux of investment education lies in separating emotion and money.

Any person would generally, unknowingly, buy when it climbs and sell when it drops. That’s not right. Here’s what Peter Lynch reveals from his 20 year record of serving 28% annual returns at his mutual fund. He says most people who invested into his fund did not make much money. Why? They were putting their money in looking at strong performance and selling out when it was weak. By chasing performance rather than results they did not capitalize on the potential of the fund therefore.

Two things that investment education essentially covers are knowledge and conviction, which help go against the herd. Knowledge without conviction is pretty useless while conviction without knowledge can be dangerous. This is where Warren Buffet’s model is good to fall back upon. You might not be aware that Warren Buffet was just 6 years old when he was making money selling soda bottles. In the market he advises to buy investments with safe margins. Buy anything at a discount. Make money because of the buying price rather than the selling price.

Secondly he advocates using Mr Market effectively. Since the prices fluctuate everyday Mr Buffet advises to look but not act. It’s a little like Ted Williams the great baseball player who would swing only at the balls that came within full striking angle. Ted explains that he set out 77 baseball sized cells around the bat and would swing only if the ball fitted into one of those cells. Likewise Warren Buffet says wait for the fat pitch and right time on the perfect investment before you strike.

Currency Trading Education – Essential Information on How to Make Money in Currencies

The currency trading education enclosed, is essential information to help you join the elite minority of winners who make big profits and enjoy currency trading success…

In currency trading 95% of traders lose money and that’s a fact but they don’t lose because they can’t learn to win, they simply get the wrong education, have the wrong mindset or both. It’s a fact that currency trading can be learned by anyone and anyone can win.

There are a group of traders who buy junk robots or Forex Expert Advisors and think they can make money with no effort and spend a hundred dollars or so and earn a regular income but making money with no effort, doesn’t work in Forex trading and all these junk systems lose.

If you want to win you need to learn skills and this won’t take you long, a couple of weeks or so and then you can trade in 30 minutes a day or less and make big profits; let’s look at how to do this.

The best way to trade is to use Forex charts and simply follow price action. Your aim is to spot and lock into trends and hold them. If you’re wrong, you liquidate and keep your losses small.

The big trends in Forex last for many weeks or months and locking into and holding these trends is the way to make big long term profits. Don’t be tempted to trade often and think the more effort you make the more you will win; this is simply not true.

All you do, is end up taking low odds trades and lose. Be patient and only trade high odds set ups, you don’t get rewarded for how often you trade, you get rewarded for being right with your trading signal and that’s it.

You should use a simple trading system, make it to complicated and your system will have to many elements to break. Keep your system simple, with strong money management and you have the basics in place for big long term profits.

To win a good trading strategy is not enough, you need the discipline to follow your system through periods of losses, until you hit profits again. This sounds simple but most traders can’t do it – Why?

Because most traders take losses personally and try and hold them and hope they turn around but this leads to disaster. These traders need to learn that to win long term you need to take losses in the short term and keep them small.

If you want good solid trading education then you need to get a simple system, trade the long term trends and be disciplined at all times. This is the way to make money in trading and always has been.

If you learn the basics of Forex trading and get confidence in what you’re doing, you can become a disciplined trader and enjoy currency trading success.