Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Backseat Parenting

 “My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11-12 NIV

I believe our children are the future. God never said raising a child would be easy, nor did he provide a handbook that would safely guide us through a world that has turned their back on morality. We are affected as parents, as children by what goes on around us. Parents occupy a very important role that is so desperately needed in today’s society.

We send our children off to school with a sack lunch and a dream that my child will do the school thing better than I. We have big dreams for our children that maybe, just maybe at the time on conception the thought could be seen as wishful thinking. Well, I dream big and I hope my daughter will too.

School is a privilege solely on the grounds that many nations around the globe do not have the ability to attend school or at a very young age having to work in order to put food on the table. Up until recently in Afghanistan, girls were not permitted to go to school thanks to the Taliban, but as many know that isn’t true today.

What is it about knowledge or an education that can be seen as a threat? Shouldn’t be the educator’s sole purpose to provide the best learning environment as possible for the child to learn in? Should parents play more of a role in their child’s education?

Schools have long since worried more about numbers in the classroom than the end product. A good education by good teachers will instill esteem that can carry the child through their formidable years of education towards that goal of high school graduation day and onto college.

But it is not all on the teacher’s shoulders. We as parents have basically forfeited our rights to parent. We have taken a backseat approach to ensuring our children are getting the best education our tax dollars can pay for, which should be nothing short of ‘Grade A’.

Parents have neglected their roles and have given it into the hands of teachers to raise their children. Parents are okay with losing the reins till the child gets in trouble. Who’s blamed for the child’s troubles in life, the parent or the teacher?

Teaching is not a glamorous job. Many times it can feel like a thankless job, but one that makes the decision to go through the education that is required to become an educator knows there is little money in return. That is not why one becomes a teacher right? Well with the teacher unions, that seems to be the motivator in education, money.

When you have your sights on money and how you can get more of it into the school, hint, numbers. Then something is bound to fall to the wayside. It is unfortunate our children are the victims of parents that are uninvolved and teachers that don’t produce.

I say pay those teachers well that produce a great product. Fire those principals that continue to run under performing schools. Fire those teachers that continue to run under performing classrooms. We the tax payer wants the best for our children, not someone that will pass them off. Education is an investment for the future of our society.  

Remember teacher why you chose this profession and parents don’t forfeit your role as the parent. God bless America this Christmas. May we remember what came to man on Christmas Day.

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