This may sound ridiculous, but I have a 10- year-old son who is very interested in the military. He has several big dreams, which include becoming a Blue Angel, building boats, driving tanks, running container ships, and the like. Overall he’s a pretty neat kid, and one of his greatest strengths is that he pays attention to his coaches and teachers, but he does not like school. The kiddo is in Cub Scouts, plays hockey and chess, and is taking trumpet lessons. He has an interest in history and science. We are dreaming big and maybe a military academy is an option for his future.
The most obvious problem right now is that the kid does not like school, and is not a natural student, but he is a good listener and his teachers like him, he is doing OK but is not an advanced student.
Is it too early to be thinking about getting him prepared so he has as many options in his future as possible? Should we be pushing the academics now in hopes of greater interest and future success in high school?