I'm always happy when I discover two good things at once. Just think of coming across a stylish pair of jeans at a bargain store, purchasing those jeans, and then rifling through the pockets only to find a twenty-dollar bill.
That's the feeling I got this morning when doing my daily news hunt. First, I came across a nonprofit news site called The 74. Just read the mission statement:
Our mission is to lead an honest, fact-based conversation about how to give America's 74 million children under the age of 18 the education they deserve.
It's hard not to be onboard. I mean, who's against educating children?! It's kind of like an organization that encourages people not to stuff jawbreakers up their noses—it's a cause we can all eagerly get behind!
In any case, I'm interested in keeping tabs on where The 74 is going and am happy to see another entity that wants to make the world easier for children.
Which brings me to my second point. The article I started out with, by Tim Newcomb, discusses the emergence of a smart phone app called CreditStacker. The app was created by Angel Rich, founder and CEO of The Wealth Factory, after she observed that children needed training in financial literacy but were too engrossed in their electronics to learn, well, anything.
As a former Nintendo addict myself, I can relate to glassy-eyed children who are not about to be getting a PhD in astrophysics. Although I've recovered and am not a fan of giving my children too much screen time, it's nice to know that there are app alternatives out there that at least make screen time more educational than, let's say, Karate Champ.
Don't get me wrong; I do give my kids at least a limited amount of time, provided they make their beds, get dressed, do their chores, and act like basically decent human beings. I've already downloaded Rich's creation, am going to let the kiddos test it out, and will let you know what I think in the near future.