8.14.2006

As School Starts Up

DMN columnist Steve Blow had an unusually insightful column yesterday. An excerpt: Here's the myth: Schools educate children. Don't fall for it! Too many children have suffered already. Let me explain. Of course schools can help educate a child. But just like a book or a pencil, a school is only a tool. And a tool can only do so much. A book can't open itself. A pencil has no words of its own. And schools alone can't educate. Parents must be in charge of their children's education. To put it plainly: The success or failure of your child's education is up to you.

This, I believe.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Teacher Efforts and Rules?

Anonymous said...

I totally agree too Barry.

Anonymous said...

What? Personal responsibility? But it is up to the village to raise an idiot. Isn't that what Hitlary Clinton believes in?

No Longer Anonymous 33 said...

Well, what about the kids that don't have parents that are capable of being responsible for their child's education? What do we do with these kids? Just throw them to the wind? It DOES take a village to raise a child. Society can't just give up on disadvantaged kids. IT IS our moral responsibility to help these children!

Anonymous said...

2:25 PM--I think the earlier blogs (as well as the editorial) are really in agreement with you--it just explains WHY children with irresponsible parents learn so poorly. I don't think anyone is saying throw them "to the wind"--it just explains why those children are handicapped when it comes to being successfully educated.

Anonymous said...

The comments are directed at parents, not the kids. Too many parents out there that are lazy, make choices without concern of the consequences, and basically have the "somebody else will take care of it" mindset that ruins the lives of their kids, which in turn perpetuates itself. It's been 40 years, two full generations, since the civil rights movement. How many decades does it take for a person or their family to turn the corner once every opportunity is given? Yet look at our urban centers, for example New Orleans pre-hurricane. Sad. And no excuse.

Anonymous said...

hey no longer anon, why are they having kids if they can't be responsible parents. I chose not to have kids not because I am not responsible but because I didn't want them. I don't want to raise your kids either so all I am saying is that if you are going to have them, then by God take care of them yourself.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I think it is everyone's responsibility to educate children - ALL children and not just your own. Not everyone has parents who can or will step up and take charge of their children's education. Sometimes, unfortunately, they naively believe that schools know more than they do, when in fact they do not. Sometimes parents think they are acting in their child's best interest, when they are not.

I believe that we are ALL responsible for children to feel they are accepted, loved, and understood. Then and only then, can they be in a position to learn. We must all reinforce children's strengths and give them encouragement to understand their weaknesses and make those weaknesses stronger. Until kids believe in themselves, none of the other matters.

Yes, this does begin at home, but how a child is treated at school by their teachers and peers can make or break them as well. If a child is being bullied, left out, or made fun of... he/she can not reach their potential and often times so much harm comes from these things that a person may not completely recover.

We can't just leave it to the parent or the school. My kids are grown and had success. I don't believe my job is done. I still feel like I am responsible for playing a part in other youth's lives. Whether it is getting to know the sacker at the grocery store, supporting my neighborhood kids, or just kids you come in contact with encouraging them and helping them learn life lessons by example.

If anyone saw the wonderful movie on TNT last night "The Ron Clark Story", I would love to hear what you thought. For those of you who did not, I'm sure they'll re-play it again. It was absolutely wonderful. We need more teachers like Ron Clark. Unfortunately, we have fewer of these acceptional teachers than we should and more of the abusive critical teachers than should ever be employed in our school districts.

We need to be more pro-active and less re-active in our homes, schools, and communities.

Anonymous said...

The answer is home schooling. Keep them unworldly for as long as possible - then let them go and watch their minds get blown by the real world.

Of course it takes a village. Whether one agrees with Clinton or not, it does. But a parent should check out the schools, churches and anyplace else their children go. Try to check out those who work with your kids. Just because they are church folks and/or school folks doesn't mean they are caring for children.

Check out relatives too. All kinds of funny folks lurk in families.

Anonymous said...

We have more than fulfilled our moral obligation to children in general by providing the "free and appropriate education" through our public schools. We have decided to hold accountable those who give their life to teaching in schools. We just are not smart enough to find a way to hold parents responsible for their children passing the mandated testing. A very learned man once implied that perhaps the dependent exemption on income tax be offered only to parents whose children are successful on mandated testing. That is the best idea that I have heard thus far. The point is, education is indeed the parent's responsibility.

Anonymous said...

If anyone saw the wonderful movie on TNT last night "The Ron Clark Story"...
What do you think this was:
Anonymous said...
Teacher Efforts and Rules?1:57 PM
As the very first entry!
Did you click on the links?

mzchief said...

I tend to agree with Steve Blow. Parents being involved and taking responsibility for their children’s education is why home schooled students are winners of national spelling bees, score 1550 on the SAT, per capita have a higher number of Eagle Scouts than non home schooled males, are heavily courted by private and state universities and per capita have a higher rate of graduation from a 4 year university than non home schooled students.

If parents are unwilling and/or unable (BOTH of which is COMPLETELY understandable) to home school their children then they should take a greater interest in their children's studies and do MUCH more than just ask, "Have you done your homework?" five minutes before it is bedtime.

greta said...

What a fantastic educator Ron Clark seems to be. A person who truly understands and cares about children receiving an education.

His books would be a great asset to any teacher or parent.

Anonymous said...

No I did not click on the links. Since there was absolutely nothing written about the link - it didn't make sense. What a waste of a post. For both of you!