xx, 2003 - by Cassie Moulino,
representative at Simmerville Hood Counvcil
would we sims have been if it wasn't for caring parents - and the teachers?
SimCity has one of the best school systems around, and I'm asking local
hood councils to focus more on children and education!
recent research by Sims Science reveiled that school is not a top interests
among children. What a surprise! Well, actually not, because very few children
are more interested in school work than more fun activities with their
Only 8% of the children are
interested in their studies, in comparation 28% are interested in pets.
Most children do pretty well in school though, as 74% said they hold an
A grade. This shows that most children do study harder than their interest
As a specialist with babies,
and to some extend also children, I think both the children and their parents
would benefit from a community where a child's interest and school grade
is matching. A child with absolutely no interest in school should be encouraged
to do well, but do not push the child too hard! A little give and take
is what I would suggest; if you could accept the child to present a little
lower grade, the child could focus a little harder to put more interest
in the school work. This is where the secret rests; the interest and not
Accepting that your son or
daughter is not the brightest child in school might be difficult to many
parents, but it is actually harder for a child with low school interest
to reach the top grade! As a parent you should be able to see that the
truth might be a compromize somewhere in between.
Exciting new focus on education
In Simmerville we will have
our focus on education all October. A letter has been sent by the Hood
Council to all parents, asking them to pay more interest to their child's
interest in school and accepting the grade to drop to a level matching
This might sound like a strange
strategy and I do not mean to say this will be the best thing to do always.
Each child is different, and if a child with a low interest is willing
to study hard, then parents shouldn't stop that process.
Choose the right school
Most sim children go to
the school that is located closest to home. This is all fine, but you should
be aware that there are different schools, and that a child's interest
in school might increase if switching school. There might of course be
different reasons for this. Some schools are more expensive in various
ways, but remember that what you pay might not mean anything to your child's
Keep in mind that a child
needs friends also in school. Check with your neighbours if any of those
children might be a good mate to your child.
What if the interest is very low?
Yes, that is a problem, because
some children are hardly interested in school at all, and if you should
let their school grade match their interest, they could easily be in line
for Military School.
I have made a system to decide
what grade is natural to each child. If you say the interest goes from
0 to 10, then the 3 top scores represent As, the 3 next represent Bs, then
the next 3 will represent Cs, and 0 or 1 interest point in school would
qualify to D+ and D. This would mean that 2% of SimCity children would
be having a D, and just one day off from school would be having a dramatical
effect on your entire family.