Our Opinion: It's back to school

Monday, January 9, 2006

Students are heading back to the classroom this week, hopefully refreshed and ready to take up the routine of learning again.

Along with the adjustments made by the elementary, middle school and high school youngsters, adjustments need to be made by parents. As well as teachers and school administrators, parents are also educators.

Teachers continually say that parental involvement makes a big difference in both the behavior and the performance of students.

Parents need to show interest every day in how their children are doing in school.

Parents should not wait until a problem develops and should not give only negative feedback to their children about school. Praise is often more effective in motivating people than criticism.

We want children to care about the learning process. This means that parents need to care.