Parents should own up to responsibility
November 9, 2006
Filed under Opinion
It is a bit disingenuous for parents to blame the failure of their children’s education, and the conditions of the schools, on the teacher.
Many parents do not prepare their children for school. It is up to the parents to take time to educate their children, beginning with teaching them their ABC’s, name, address, telephone number, and most importantly, manners, respect for authority, and respect for others.
Teachers are at a disadvantage when parents send to school potentially disruptive children who are not prepared to learn. The teacher will be spending the majority of his or her time disciplining children who have no home training or discipline. Teachers should be paid just as much as doctors. Our children’s care and welfare is entrusted to teachers around eight hours a day and for five days a week.
Teachers should also be carefully selected to deserve top pay. We can’t have a physical education major teaching our children science or mathematics.
When my daughter was 3 years old, I enrolled her into the Mickey Mouse Book Club, and I also ordered the monthly Highlights Magazines. My daughter began reading at the age of three. Receiving books in the mail stimulated her desire to want to learn how to read.
Reading is the key. Once a child learns how to read, it will open up many opportunities for self motivation to learn, and everything comes easy for that child who knows how to read.
When that child begins his or her first year of school, the preparation, and foundation is already there because of his or her knowledge of reading.
Knowing how to read builds confidence, and a hunger to learn more, when you are a child. You can’t wait until you get a letter from the child’s teacher telling you that your child is failing before you intervene.
You need to prepare that child as early as possible for school.
Don’t blame the teacher; the blame lies within you. If you are not satisfied with the school that your child attends, get involved, find out if you can make a difference, or do as I did: enroll your child in a private school.
Just don’t be an absentee parent, and let your child suffer the consequences of not being educated. Education is important. Education means knowledge, and knowledge equals empowerment. Once children are well educated, that is something that no one can ever take away from them.