Parents are first teachers

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I must respond to Butch Palmer’s June 17 letter (“No vulgarity”). He wants schools to spend precious time teaching students not to litter, loiter or play loud music.

I’ve got news for Mr. Palmer: Teachers have seven hours a day to teach reading, writing, math, science, history and social studies, not to mention PE and the arts. In addition, we must look for signs of bullying and abuse; care for students who are homeless or hungry; and meet with parents who don’t want their children to fail, yet won’t help their children succeed.

Mr. Palmer has forgotten that parents are the first and most influential teachers. They teach children from the moment they are born, through every nonschool hour of their lives. Even if teachers spend time on social skills, the students will revert to what their environment accepts. Their parents are a large part of that environment. This is not the schools’ fault; it is the parents’.

Mr. Palmer should change the focus of his ranting.

Kay Lovingood


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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 06/19/12 - 12:52 am
Teacher-parental Cooperation

While parents should be their children's first teachers, contemporary social disorder has left many kids with only one- and sometimes no- parent at home to teach them.

Highly-paid, paper-chasing educRATS need to leave their posh, air-conditioned offices and visit neighborhoods to build bridges between our hard-working teachers and single as well as married parents. Most of these parents want their kids to learn. They are willing to work with their kids' schools to help their kids achieve the educational goals the parents have for their offspring. Many parents just need some encouragement to come forward and help out.

americafirst 06/19/12 - 07:28 am
I have said it before and I

I have said it before and I will say it again. The biggest problem with public education in this country is not the teachers, administrators, or lack of funding. It is parents.

howcanweknow 06/19/12 - 08:09 am
Parents cannot be a "parent"

Parents cannot be a "parent" unless they are there.

allhans 06/19/12 - 08:10 am
It would be simple for a

It would be simple for a teacher to insert these traits into their daily teaching.
As I heard just this morning, "a moral student makes a competent student". .
Too many parents aren't capable, or educated enough, to instill good virtues in their children.
And yes, teachers can take a minute here or there.

scoobynews 06/19/12 - 03:10 pm
Takes a village!

It takes a village to raise a child! Yes, teachers can make a difference and many of us do all we can to make parents feel welcomed into the school environment. But we can't just put this on teachers. We have so many others who can come into schools to mentor not only the students but to the parents as well. Just because you don't work in a school or deal with students does not mean you can't make a difference. I did a mini lesson on careers last year and these kids future career choices were amazing. We had future teachers, lawyers, doctors, bakery shop owners, chefs, marine biologist, writers, and so much more. Call the schools donate some of your time if only once a semester or once a year it could make a big difference. As for parents who don't know how to parent schools do parent nights all during the school year. How many do you think show up? Only a small handful showed up out of a school with about 900 students. Just this past year one of the teachers said that some parents came to eat then left before the program started some even taking "to go" plates. They learned from that experience and for the next parent's night they decided to serve the food AFTER the program.

Bruno 06/20/12 - 04:18 pm
I agree with Americafirst.

I agree with Americafirst. Any parent who would subject their child to public school has nobody to blame but themselves.

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