While this may seem like a story about my children, unfortunately it’s a story about leadership. Failed leadership at many levels.
I have three teenage children and, for the most part, they get straight As in school. And I’m convinced they know nothing. (Sorry kids, it’s not your fault.)
I stared down at the yellow sheet of paper. At the top: Roman Empire Study Guide. I read the first question aloud, “Who was Octavian?”
Even though the middle school social studies test was the next morning, neither of us was panicking. We both knew that within 30 minutes my son would be able to recall the answer to every single question. We knew he would get an A on the quiz. (And he did.)
Oh you think of the Spider-man villain Doc Ock when you think of Octavian? OK, picture Doc Ock as the new emperor of Rome who used his crazy arms to defeat the other leaders and finally brought peace to Rome. Octavian… Doc Ock… killed his rivals then brought peace.
Yes, I’ve created three little Sherlock Holmes. They can fill up their mind palace with all the facts and figures to get them through a test.