I’m just back from Chicago where I presented the last workshop of the RMHC/HACER series in five cities throughout the country. It was another very successful event with close to 800 participants.
We had around 300 parents in my Spanish workshop and around 60 in the English one. And even though the program took place at Benito Juárez High School people came from many different high schools in the area.
I talked about what parents could do while their kids are in high school to make sure they get into college. One aspect that I feel needs to be addressed very seriously is the importance of buying a computer for your home. Most Latino households have more than one TV and many have a high end flat screen TV. However, they don’t have a much more needed tool for students to succeed in today’s education environment: a computer.
Computers are not only crucial for students to do research and be up to date with technology, but it’s key for parents to understand what their children are doing online, and to support them in searching for scholarships and colleges and to get other information. There are great resources available on the net that both parents and students miss out on because they don’t have a computer at home.
Setting priorities straight will help you and your loved ones get ahead. Forget the expensive sneakers or the truck you don’t need. Invest that money in a computer. It’s one of the best ways to show your children that education is important for you.