Tiger Mom who? Looks like there's a new recipe for raising the smartest kids on the block.
For the past 19 years, six children from the Kogut family have made straight A's. That's right! They scored A's in every subject they took at Marley Middle School in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
The amazing report cards began in 1993 when the first Kogut kid enrolled at the school. Their secret? "We are very big on reading in our family," their mom Maureen explained to WBAL-TV. "We read all the time. I read to the kids every night."
And these kids were no class cut-ups. "[I] pay attention in class and do my homework. I just try as hard as I can," said the most recent grad Richie. Sibling rivalry played a part too. Added Maureen, "They are harder on each other than we could ever be."
Can you imagine if every single one of your kids made grades like this? Unfortunately, I don't think this is likely to inspire their peers. In the era of Jersey Shore and Teen Mom, kids are obsessed with getting famous, not getting good grades.
Shows like The Real World and Top Model have made becoming a reality TV star a bona fide career option. I even had a babysitter once tell me that she dreamed of being on the Bad Girls Club. If you've ever seen the show, you know why she is no longer on my sitter call list.
Still, these Kogut kids are a nice reminder that some teens have their priorities straight. I just wish more did.
Do you think kids are obsessed with reality TV fame?