The cultural changes in the United States over the past 50 years have increasingly placed the responsibility for preparing our children in an educational system external to the family environment. So, we as a community now place blame on the government for not adequately funding education.
There was a time when parents were actively engaged with their children in the learning process; not only academically but in various life skills and all other aspects of life. In fact, today’s students who have parents and family members who are actively engaged perform well regardless of the size of the class or other classroom conditions. Students who focus on learning typically come from families who are focused on learning; they don’t spend more time on video games, cell phones, Facebook, etc., than they do on their education.
The students who come to school, well rested, in good health, prepared for that day’s school work, and are interested in learning, perform well, excel in school work and require very little teacher time. Twenty percent of students who are not well rested, not in good health, do not come to school prepared for the day, and are not interested in learning consume 80 percent of the resources (money in one form or another). How much better it would be if every child came to school, well rested, in good health, and prepared for that day’s school work.
Although it is easier to complain about what the school board, Department of Education, state and federal legislators are not doing, how about focusing on what can be done? We all have a vested interest in our children and their contribution to the future. Do we want U.S. children making the decisions that will affect our retirement years or are we going to turn our future over to those children in the developing nations who are striving for knowledge and understanding?
Let’s stop complaining about funding and what others are not doing for our children and focus on what we can do for our children.
Our children are our responsibility; it cannot be assigned to someone else. So, let’s resolve to make sure our children: have a healthy diet, get adequate rest, study and complete their school work either at school or at home, go to school every day ready for that day’s work, and believe in the importance of knowledge and understanding.