12/4/2013 11:59:00 AM Parents have to be partners in education
Susan O. Kirby Florence
Having been taught and inspired by teachers in the public school system, I became a teacher. I also became involved in professional organizations and statewide committees. I’ve worked with and come in contact with many teachers and administrators. I can truthfully say that the great majority of these educators are highly-trained, dedicated professionals who have the best interest of their students at heart. The public school system is still pretty good. The public is all of us: students, parents, educators, and all the citizens of our community. The problem with the education system is not that teachers do not care or that they are not qualified. The problem is not that teachers need to be more accountable. We do not need Common Core or any other program that adds more work to the teachers without benefit to the students. Many students do their best in school, but some come to school simply to endure the time until they can leave and no attempt at motivating them works. They do not have the love of learning.
Parents who have come to meetings at school come as partners in educating their children, and it was a pleasure to work with them in the goal of achieving the best for their children. However, most of the public has to spend so much time just maintaining their daily lives that they have little time to concentrate any effort on the education partnership. Likewise, teachers are so overwhelmed with much unnecessary paperwork that they don’t have time to reach out to all of the parents. We all need to get rid of some of the clutter that is unnecessary and focus on that which is most important – training up a child in the way he should go. We need to be able to set the foundation for learning with the foundation of our country – freedom of religion and freedom to express that religion through our character, through our interaction with each other, and through prayer and daily devotions in school. When all of the public becomes more involved in the public education system where parents and teachers work together, and all students want to learn, then our public system will thrive. Susan O. Kirby, Florence