Education: Parental Responsibility Revisited –  By Yvonne Sam

  –  By Yvonne Sam

Children to school with the latest electronic devices are being sent instead of being armed with the basic equipment.

As the return to school bell looms on the horizon, there remains an issue that if continued to run unchecked would ultimately serve as the educational knell of our children. I am not talking about large classrooms, inadequate-student –teacher ratio, or poor school funding. Nor is this article to be viewed as a Name, Blame or Shame game. Out the gate, and straight to the point, I am putting a fierce and unrepentant spotlight on the issue of responsibility for the negative classroom behaviours being displayed by children.       

Ill-discipline or a bad attitude not only hurt the outcomes of the student who brings such an approach to school, but additionally can infect an entire classroom. As indiscipline continues to blight our educational system, parents must be made aware that they cannot simply renounce their responsibilities at the school gate.

Children are arriving at school not really ready to learn. In actuality, they are not being sent in with the right attitude to learn. It is every individual parent’s responsibility to ensure their child is fulfilling their potential at school – and is not holding others back. Kids who want to learn should not suffer?

Far too many children are arriving at school armed to the teeth with the wrong equipment—electronic devices such as cell phones, I Pads and MP3 players, when in reality the teacher would much prefer the child to come to school, ready for learning, armed with the basic equipment– a pen or pencil. At a recent summer school session a Grade 1 student had a cell phone which he used every moment, with blatant disregard for who or what was going on around him.

Child behavior is a shared responsibility and parents play a crucial role in setting the scene in what they believe should be the expectations of their child coming into school and behaving in a classroom. Parents should check and ensure that what the child is carrying to school is what supports their learning, thereby supporting teachers in maintaining all that they require on a day-to-day basis to ensure that pupils can learn in a safe and ordered environment.

If parents instruct their children that school is important, that they must go ready to learn, that they need to arrive at school on time, they must not engage in back chat to the teacher, and focus on whatever they are doing, then this is a great help to the teacher who in turn will carry out their responsibility when the child gets in the classroom.

However, before beginning to speak about quality, we must start with the basics. Before they can learn, children must know how to listen.  What chance does a teacher have of being listened to, if at home the child is not being taught respect? If they are allowed to have their own way, not given clear boundaries and not expected to communicate in a courteous manner, then that is exactly how he/ she will behave in school. Do not expect a child to suddenly transform into being receptive and respectful at the school gate, if they are not listening to their parents at home.

Naturally if children are not being taught to sit and listen at home, or are being constantly entertained and babysat with electronic devices, then it follows to reason that they are not going to sit quietly and listen astutely at school.

It is the teacher who has to deal with the fallout from family breakdowns, and parents failing to set boundaries. Some parents have failed at the first hurdle. Parents are reminded that magic words like, hello, please, thank you and I am sorry all begin to be learned at home. It is also at home that children learn to be on time, diligent, show sympathy as well as display utmost respect for their elders and all teachers. Home is also where children learn manners, especially not talking with their mouths full. At school on the other hand, teachers teach writing, language arts, mathematics, geography, history and other subjects. They only reinforce the education that a child receives at home from their parents.

Conclusively, it can be seen that parenting involves not only taking care of children’s basic needs but also teaching social behavior and discipline to them. While parents are primarily responsible for their children’s behavior, teachers can collaborate with parents and supplement the learning process for children. Together, parents and teachers can be far more effective in grooming children and ensuring that they have no behavioral issues. So parents ensure that when your child his school bag is packing, the basic equipment is not lacking.  If they a future must earn, then they should enter school ready to learn.

Bringing electronic devices to school is certainly not cool, it just shows disregard for rules.

Aleuta—The struggle continues.

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  • kamtanblog  On August 4, 2019 at 3:15 am

    An interesting take.
    “Collaboration” of teachers/parents schools
    will not change attitudes ! That begins in home followed by more “nurseries” “kindergarten. facilities for pre-school children.
    In a word “respect” for those in authority.
    One must give before one receives.
    Unquestionable integrity !
    Charity begins at home
    Education also.
    Buck stops and begins with parent s
    participation in schools administration.

  • Trevor  On August 4, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    They say that the current generation of teens, Generation Z, are less optimistic of life, view the status quo as an impediment, and also are avoiding traditional university and college,and instead going for other careers, such as self-employment.

    In other words, younger generations view authority figures with skepticism and disdain after seeing the Millennial generations being fooled (in the ABC countries) of taking on huge debt to study for university, and still end up working minimum wage jobs while having to repay those loans.

    I also notice that my 13-year-old cousin from the USA listens to some real gloomy music and doesn’t like “uplifting” music which Millennial grew up with…He also doesn’t like teachers and asserts that the system is stacked against him. The industrialised countries are facing a recession and social decline for sure.

    • kamtanblog  On August 5, 2019 at 2:01 am

      Interesting take on matters
      past and present in USA et
      al but am sure a change of
      leadership will bring about the
      necessary changes in the
      “free world”. Dictatorships
      not an option.
      Singapore seems to have the
      correct balance politically and
      economically even socially.
      Most Singaporeans are half Chinese
      have Indian and was an ex British
      colony which the Japanese
      invaded during WW2.
      Britain is usually referred
      as a nation of “shop keepers”
      rightly so for their astuteness
      with money matters.
      I try to keep an open mind on
      matters “historical” and focus
      more on the solutions neccessary
      to change and improve/influence
      matters /opinions of future generations.
      It is their world their future
      for them to change hopefully
      for the better.
      Remain optimistic for future
      generations…positive outlook.
      We shall see !


  • wally n  On August 5, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Optimistic??? ummmmm What changed? a lot changed….Hollywood and clever marketing. Remember when in the movies, bad guys went to prison, today=HERO Marketing groomed these young people with “You! are Entitled” to all you want. Don’t forget America leads the world in Movies/Marketing. Schooling, forget about it. Business [U S] doing well with the brightest asians, bought a half price or less, partially responsible to a decline in the school systems. What left in the other Jobs, open borders will take care of that.
    A little bit of digging, could lead you to the ones responsible, GLOBALIST and their master plan, easy to lead lazy and entitled. GLOBALIST want everyone to share the pie, your piece, not theirs.
    Against the barrage of marketing influence, poor parents have little chance, their hands are tied when it comes to discipline.
    BTW you mentioned Singapore? my buddies went to play table tennis, they were warned, the country is so serious in enforcing their laws, no littering. Their school system is also very rigid as the ones we attended. Reason for their success?
    Always hope…….. maybe Trump can…………

    • kamtanblog  On August 5, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      In a word “discipline” positive attitudes !

      USA is ready for dictatorship.
      So was Guyana and look where they are now
      Failed state ?

      Go figure


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