Understanding Schools

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While attending a meeting, I observed a teacher explaining to a parent that she is the first educator of her child and therefore needed to be more proactive in the education that her child receives. When I heard this, since I was involved in a conversation with a principal, I didn’t think about it too much. However, after the meeting was over, and I was driving away, I began thinking about what the teacher had said and how upset the parent became because she felt that she’d failed her child. After giving the conversation further thought, I concluded that the teacher didn’t tell the whole story.

It has been said that “the school’s best ally in nurturing a student’s innate ‘urge to learn’ is, first the parents.” Although it is true that the parent is the child’s first teacher, when children begin school parents and teachers need to work together and share responsibilities in order for children to do their best. When kids see teachers and parents involved in their education, they become motivated to do better in school. For successful learning there’s a need for a partnership between the parents, the teachers and the schools.

As a parent you should:

  • Feel comfortable in the school, and understand that you are welcome.

  • Let teachers and the principal know ways in which they can make parents feel more at ease when participating in school activities.

  • Visit your child’s classroom or teacher as often as possible.

  • Become involved with activities that celebrate student progress and class performance.

  • Learn about school rules and policies.

  • Review your child’s homework and other information that comes from the school. and

  • Ask for help, whenever you or your child needs it.

The experiences that children have, in and out of school, help strengthen their skills and their understanding of the world around them. With lifelong learning rapidly becoming a requirement for success in the modern world, parents and schools must work together, and in the end, the biggest winners are the children.

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