Think about it, parents

Thursday, November 6, 2008

During recent parent/teacher conferences, it was mentioned that the disturbing trend of parents becoming less interested in their children's education is continuing.

In talking with some teachers, a few admitted that some parents don't even show up for their child's conferences, and that appears to be happening more each year.

Needless to say, more often than not it is the parents of students who are struggling with their school work and/or deportment who do not take an active interest in their child's education.

The teachers went on to say that such parents seldom communicate with their child's teachers, do not help or become involved in their homework and other class assignments, and often intentionally fail to steer their child in the right direction concerning school work and other beneficial school activities.

Because they knowingly brought their kids into the world, parents have a paramount obligation and moral duty to provide for their children's environmental and physical needs, to protect them at all costs, and see to it that they are properly educated.

Every child needs and deserves this and to those parents who ignore or fail at providing same, we say "Shame on you" for your selfish, onerous, callous disregard for your child's welfare.

Yes, we know circumstances such as finances, divorce, poor life choices and behavior altered by chemicals can do serious damage to a child's proper parental care. But we also know that assistance from knowing and caring professionals to remedy many of the problematic situations on the home front is just a phone call away.

Please, parents, take the time to become involved in your child's life, including their school work, choice of friends, nutrition, and all extracurricular activities. Talk to your children, listen to them, hug them frequently, let them know you love and care for them, and all the while instill in them the importance of receiving a proper education.

Our teachers work very hard trying to teach our kids, but they can't do it alone. And when our children fail, our teachers and administrators feel as if they failed, too.

And that's one unfair burden to put on their shoulders.