I just came across this from March 2017. I greatly admire this principal for her determination to save her school and promote better results from her students. The sign of a caring, informed, and truly good educator is the depth and lengths they attempt to go to in order to help their charges grow and develop.
It is telling in this instance that HALF of her student body skipped school more than 35 times by mid-year when she took over as principal. Good education just like good business management requires a strong leader to set ground rules and maintain momentum. Hopefully she achieved better results.
The need for parents to take responsibility, to understand they need to be intimately involved in the education of their children, to grasp that their children are openly defiant and possibly getting into trouble roaming rather than learning, and to assert a lot more “tough love” actions rather than allowing their children to become the masters of their families is very important and can not be stressed enough when educators have so few choices of disciplinary actions.
Parents also need to hold the schools accountable for the lesson plans their child is being taught and the message the school is delivering. Public Schools need to teach the basic courses and leave off any overt or covert change of religious leanings. Social and civic principles are two things that never should be short-changed or ignored. Allowing during recesses the reading of religious materials is a personal thing but forcing a child to learn about religious actions and practices within a classroom setting is completely unacceptable unless one is within a religious doctrine private school.
Schools, Parents and Students need to change their attitudes that because they exist, they are entitled–No one is entitled to a free pass. Life doesn’t play by those rules.
NONE of this happens or helps a child succeed in life without cooperation, consideration, and continued support. It is not the place of the school to raise a child but to provide them a solid way forward for constructive growth and learning. It is their place to provide a decent platform of learning such that the child is able to grow on the its own, along with parental input and cooperative efforts between school and home. The school role isn’t to regurgitate but to enlighten and give students the tools to prepare them for the future.
We have seen how poorly both children and adults have been served by education over the last few years in the understanding our history, constitution, laws, current events, moral imperatives, and more. It is the place of BOTH parent and school to make sure these are strengths that a child has to draw from when they graduate.
Children have to be aware that they are not the center of the universe but their efforts and achievements do matter. They have to be prepared with understanding of social skills, accepting their responsibilities, and living with the consequences of their actions.
These have been things that have fallen away for many years. As a retired teacher, I can attest to that just as many other older teachers can. When students are allowed to rule, they lose. When parents abdicate responsibility, children lose. When educators use the classroom as a political platform, students lose. When commonsense, responsibility, consequences, social and business principles are not taught, then our business and public activities lose. When courts overrule decent parental ground rules then our next generations lose. When education teaches socialism rather than democratic values, then our country loses.
WHEN ALL WORK TOGETHER – Education, Parents, Business, and Local Communities – for the common good with civic, social, and educational tools providing all students with information to develop critical thinking skills that assist in preparing them for real world issues and encourage them to continue learning throughout their lives–then EVERYONE WINS.
Time for parents to step up their game…children are the love and the bain of adult existence.
Time for schools to get back to real education–not politically correct or motivated gibberish.
I personally can say I stressed a lot over my sons as a single parent. I fumbled and still tried to do the best I could to provide them a stable home where they were encouraged to learn, take responsibility for their actions, and accept the consequences of those actions.
There were times I thought I would end up losing them. Still today some forty years later, I have few regrets in raising them–Not because I was perfect, Lord knows I wasn’t–but because I am so proud of how my two sons have turned out despite my wobbles.
I can only hope at least one or two of the students that passed through my doors were also aware how much I cared about them and their success in life as well.