It takes parents

Stable home life is crucial to pupils' success in school

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Unfortunately, it took an eighth-grader bringing a pistol to Glenn Hills Middle School to get the attention of some parents.

School and district administrators said waning parental involvement at the school in recent years has coincided with an increase in disciplinary problems and slipping student achievement.

“Lately it’s been nonexistent,” the school’s instructional coach Elizabeth Arnette recently said of parent involvement. “When the parents come up here, it’s always for a problem. We rarely get parents here for positive things.”

We’re not surprised. Every educational study since 1983’s landmark A Nation at Risk: The Imperative For Educational Reform has come to the same conclusion: Parents who are more involved in their child’s education help produce better students and better schools.

Nationwide, schools with larger populations of active parents tend to report better student attendance, fewer incidents of drug and alcohol use, fewer incidents of violence and higher test scores and graduation rates. Statistics reflect that year after year.

Unfortunately, many parents still believe the education of their children is the sole burden of the school system. That’s sadly predictable, considering the nanny state has enabled millions to abdicate personal responsibility to the government.

Six out of every 10 public schoolchildren receive free meals through the National School Lunch Program. What does it say about a society where millions of parents can’t be counted on to feed their own children, something that’s the most basic of parental duties?

It doesn’t take a “village” to raise a child. It takes dedicated, nurturing parents.

Richmond County Board of Education President Venus Cain told a gathering of about 60 concerned Glenn Hills parents that the community must put an end to a culture of blaming the school board or the school establishment for problems that might be happening at home.

“The parent comes up to the school and you want to cuss the principal out, you want to cuss the teacher out, you want to hold me responsible for not educating your child,” she said. “I don’t live in your house.”

We agree wholeheartedly with Cain, but she may have been preaching to the choir. The problem lies not with the 60 parents who showed up, but with the dozens who didn’t.

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scoobynews
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scoobynews 02/06/14 - 06:07 am
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Well said.

Well said.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/06/14 - 08:09 am
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In the last 40 years..

“The parent comes up to the school and you want to cuss the principal out, you want to cuss the teacher out, you want to hold me responsible for not educating your child,” she said. “I don’t live in your house.”
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This has worked for some in the last years...cuss-gripe-march-complain-riot-scream as loud as you can & even go on tv & gripe...now it doesn't work anymore.....now your children are suffering....sometimes you have to look in the mirror & say..."What have I created & how can I change it?"

Before it is too late.

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Riverman1 02/06/14 - 08:23 am
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Hillary Clinton says it takes a village

Hillary Clinton says it takes a village to raise a child. But I believe she got American communities mixed up with Potemkin villages.

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Bodhisattva 02/06/14 - 08:34 am
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Did y'all read the blessed study?

Not once did it call for taking money out of the public school system for private schools or charter schools or home schools. What it did call for was MORE MONEY FOR EDUCATION. More money for books, and for them to be updated more often. More money for teachers who were drastically underpaid. MORE FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOLS. More interest in PUBLIC education. It did say improvements should be carried out in private institutions as well, but the focus was pubic education. Longer school days, longer school years. More training for teachers. More help with discipline to take the burden off of the teachers. What have we gotten instead? Drastic cuts in education spending. Furlough days for teachers. Money being pulled from pubic schools to fund private for profit enterprises such as charter schools. Exactly the opposite of what the study you praise recommends. Judging by his speeches, it didn't sound like Reagan read it either.
http://www.csus.edu/indiv/l/langd/Nation_at_Risk.pdf

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Bodhisattva 02/06/14 - 08:44 am
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Actually it does take a village

Unless you live very isolated. Parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, preachers, choir leaders, sunday school teachers, Boy Scout leaders, friends, friends' parents, your parents' friends, shopkeepers, and so on. At least when I was coming along all of these people had an influence in my upbringing. I interacted with people all over town. Town, village, city, community, whatever you want to call it, we don't grow up in a bubble. At least no one I know did.

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itsanotherday1 02/06/14 - 08:56 am
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Amen Venus!!

“The parent comes up to the school and you want to cuss the principal out, you want to cuss the teacher out, you want to hold me responsible for not educating your child,” she said. “I don’t live in your house.”

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/06/14 - 09:03 am
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Bod

We have been throwing $$ at schools for YEARS....look at what it has gotten us...the article is right on...stop blaming the schools--treachers-gov for the failure...
PARENTS PARENTS PARENTS are the main problem..or lack there of.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/06/14 - 09:04 am
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Bodhisattva, and if I did

Bodhisattva, and if I did something wrong and my PARENTS were told, they didn't march down to school and scold the teacher, they marched me my room for appropriate punishment! The responsibility rested with my parents!

teaparty
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teaparty 02/06/14 - 10:01 am
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" What it did call for was

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" What it did call for was MORE MONEY FOR EDUCATION."
bod, "MORE MONEY" for the school boards to [filtered word] away. Washington DC schools is a great example.

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Bizkit 02/06/14 - 10:01 am
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We already spend more money

We already spend more money on education than any other country and some third world countries can educate their children better ranking higher than the US. Money isn't the solution-if it was we would have the best public education system in the world. Teachers are underpaid but that is their chosen profession-they can go back to school and do better (my wife did and now is a 1%). Lots of occupations are underpaid by many peoples standards. Teachers don't teach proportional to their pay-if they do they need to be fired.

teaparty
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teaparty 02/06/14 - 10:05 am
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"MORE FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT IN

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"MORE FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOLS."
bod, "FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT" is the reason our schools suck so bad. Ever since the 2nd worse president ever formed the department of Ed. schools have gone down year after year. Schools were much better when the states and countries ran them.

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grouse 02/06/14 - 10:08 am
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If it doesn't take a village,

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If it doesn't take a village, then we wouldn't have schools. Everyone would be home-schooled. Teachers, principals, community coaches, piano teachers, etc., are part of the "village."

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CobaltGeorge 02/06/14 - 10:19 am
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Destruction Of Our Education System In The U. S. of America!

I will be willing to bet that not one person on here will that the time to view a 1 hour 28 second video of the REAL, REAL reason for the downfall of our children's education. Some of the comment stated above have some merit but it goes way past that.

Progressives liberals differently will not like what is presented in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2npftyFvkWo&feature=youtu.be&t=5m49s

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/06/14 - 10:27 am
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Private schools students fair

Private schools students fair better academically than public schools-at least studies the last 25 years traditionally indicate such. And private schools generally pay their teachers less than public schools (although the perception is they get more it isn't true-just the opposite).
The state of Georgia is furloughing teachers cause the state doesn't have the money that the fed govt once provided. That's why Ga shouldn't expand Medicaid cause sooner or later the fed always leaves us hanging and we don't have the money.

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Bizkit 02/06/14 - 10:47 am
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This "village" mentality is

This "village" mentality is hilarious-like we are all clones and coexist altruistically for the common good. The village I lived in has people who will rob you, kill you, and take all your possessions. So if the village is responsible for this good it is also responsible for all the bad too. This village sucks.

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soapy_725 02/06/14 - 10:53 am
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Mr. Marx had a dream too. His dream has come true in America.

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Mr. Marx had a dream too. His dream has come true in America.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/06/14 - 10:55 am
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All for the children. Mao,Adolf,Lenin,Stalin,Marx,Engles & OB

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All for the children. Mao,Adolf,Lenin,Stalin,Marx,Engles & OB

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/06/14 - 10:56 am
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It is all about the children. The future of civilized humanity.

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It is all about the children. The future of civilized humanity.

KSL
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KSL 02/06/14 - 11:28 am
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Everybody but bod was right

Everybody but bod was right on.

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deestafford 02/06/14 - 11:38 am
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Another excellent editorial...

Another excellent editorial.

It's a shame that there are not hundreds of concerned parents confronting their children's school because of the problems there. The low number of concerned parents is the reason the problems of there. There are not enough parents who are concerned.

We talk a lot about single parents "raising" children and we sometimes forget it is a generational thing and today's single parent is seeing and doing only what they saw their mother and grandmother doing as their role model. Generational single parenting has brought us to where we are today. When I say "single parent" I'm talking about the out-of-wedlock mothers.

Is there not anyone in these communities trying to teach people how to live and raise children or if there is, are they not listening?

Hats off to these parents who have been showing up at he school consolidation meetings. At least there are some who are concerned. Sadly, I saw few daddies there.

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Bizkit 02/06/14 - 12:02 pm
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It's the "village's"

It's the "village's" fault-they are responsible for those 1% and their success and they created all the poor people too-all you in the middle are collateral damage. Obviously the village is picking winners and losers. Poor people didn't get there by themselves they had help-the village. Rich people didn't get there by themselves they had help-the village. Who controls the village-well the govt. Blame the govt. Whose in control of our govt-Dems and Obama-blame them. You didn't succeed on your own-Obama and Dems helped, and You didn't fail on your own-Obama and Dems helped. You can blame your poverty on Obama and Dems because they in control of the village got you there. If you fortunate enough to be an Obama buddy then you're getting filthy rich-just as Obama has inc. his wealth over 400%. Strange dichotomy of reward and punishment. I wish I had been a WallStreet millionaire and Obama supporter because they have really benefitted from the Prez and the village. The Prez is providing health care reform that adds 1 trillion to our national debt, reduces the US workforce and thus GDP, and still leaves 31 million uninsured-it does nothing of what it promised. The village sucks.

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raul 02/06/14 - 12:11 pm
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How many of those "at fault"

How many of those "at fault" parents discussed do you think actually read newspapers? And if they did, they wouldn't think this article applies to them. And how many of the lemmings will vote for Hillie in 2016, with her "It takes a village" rhetoric? As Jed Clampett used to say, " Pitiful, just pitiful."

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jimmymac 02/06/14 - 02:00 pm
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EDUCATION

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The key to an education starts in the home and always has. Parents who care about their children's future invest time and energy to see that it gets done. Far too many "parents" today think it's the sole responsibility of the schools and teachers for their child's education. They have abdicated the responsibility to others for what they should be doing themselves. They then get angry when it doesn't work out right and take it out on teachers and administrators. You had them, it's your responsibility to see that they turn out right. If you're unwilling or unable to do the job you asked for then don't have them.

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Sweet son 02/06/14 - 01:22 pm
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The 'village' is good in theory! But, if you don't have a

'village' with predominately good people in it then a child can't and won't be nurtured by the 'village.' Primary actors in this 'village' concept are parents and they just don't exist!

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Dudeness 02/06/14 - 03:49 pm
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There are a number of reasons

There are a number of reasons why I do not want my child going to school where we are, but much of that revolves around the kids that other parents are sending to these schools that will hinder her learning anything. You can't put garbage in your child's head for years and then expect a teacher to send home a miraculously transformed child, much less a classroom full.

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corgimom 02/06/14 - 04:20 pm
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Sorry, CG, I couldn't listen

Sorry, CG, I couldn't listen to that windbag for more than a few minutes.

Our high school drama department put on "The Crucible" back in 1973. Who knew that they were doing such a left-wing terrible thing.

I had to laugh when the speaker didn't like it that World War II was not covered extensively. Considering it ended nearly 75 years ago, I think that's ok.

I don't remember having a lot of coverage of World War I in high school, either, but we all coped pretty well.

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David Parker 02/06/14 - 04:43 pm
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Not to suggest drawing a

Not to suggest drawing a conclusion, but I have to point out (as i do often) that what alot of you are supporting is for folks to continue putting money in the kitty (whether you have children or not) and to reason it out, they say b/c why? Who wants to raise their hand and tell me the answer?

Yep, exactly, b/c it takes a village. Those kids you are paying for in school funding are the ones who will take care of you when you are unable.

But for the purpose of being in the attaboy comment club (and b/c I believe it too), yes, parents who are apathetic toward their child's public education are destined to ruin this country.

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teaparty 02/06/14 - 05:22 pm
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" I don't remember having a

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" I don't remember having a lot of coverage of World War I in high school, either, but we all coped pretty well."
corgi, correct, people ignorant of what really happened think they are coping well.

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CobaltGeorge 02/06/14 - 05:27 pm
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corgimom

Thanks for taken a few minutes to view it....he may in your mind be a windbag...the last 15 minutes was far from being wind. We have all got to the point that we look at the easy solutions and really don't see the hand writing on the wall.

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carcraft 02/06/14 - 07:19 pm
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In grade school WWI was

In grade school WWI was covered pretty well. I had to do report on U boats. We discussed differant reports other students wrote. The movie about Alvin with Gary Cooper playing York was discussed. Then i read "All Quit on The Western Front ". In another class I remember doing a report on the assignation of the Arch Duke Ferdinand. So I actually got a pretty good view of WWI.

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