Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Education -- Your Kids Need You!

I've listened to my (oldest) sister, my father and several friends' complaints about the students in their classes and what they're facing today. So in their honor, I'm sharing a few thoughts. They may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised at how many people don't know or care to help their children.

If you want your kids to get a better education, please take more of an interest in the goings on at your kid's school. Find out what their teachers have to say about them. Help the teachers by finding out how your child is behaving in class and if it's disruptive, step up and discipline your child so they don't take time away from the other kids. Make sure they do their homework (one teacher had the parent ask, "What do you expect me to do about it?"). Find out if your kid's teacher is doing a good job and if so, support them to the administration. I've been hearing nightmare stories about school admins who are incredibly unsupportive of their teachers. Your putting in a good word for a good teacher could make the difference as to whether or not they get to keep their job. And a good teacher can make all the difference for your child and for the the future.

5 Comments:

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

"please take more of an interest in the goings on at your kid's school."

Sit down with them and watch them do their homework until they have the proper habit.

"Find out if your kid's teacher is doing a good job"

My parents actually switched me out of class to get me with certain teachers.

"I've been hearing nightmare stories about school admins who are incredibly unsupportive of their teachers."

I've know teachers that have left the profession because of this. I mention something about it on Maxedoutmama's site.

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger Esther said...

I'll go check that out on MoM's site. Thanks for the tip. And for your additions -- great points!!!

 
At 1:23 PM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

Be aware of what's going on with your kids and be supportive, but NOT TOO MUCH! Some parents get way too involved in their children's school lives and they don't let the teachers breathe for a moment.

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger Esther said...

GOOD point RW. That's not fun either.

 
At 4:52 PM, Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

Esther,

I think your point about supporting good teachers is an absolutely great one. It's sad to say, but a teacher who pretty much lets disruptive kids run wild and marks the kids very leniently often gets much more support from the community than one who is struggling to make the most of class time.

I laughed about the "what do you expect me to do about it", but I was just trying to explain to a very nice mother at work this week why it was her job to do something about it. So many parents do have that attitude.

 

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