Whose Responsibility is It?

Educators take a hit over and over again…living in a country which offers a “free” education and one student after another, one parent after another blame the system for the lackluster education received.
Yes, some educators fall short and some don’t even make a mark but then there are those who go above and beyond.

I say if a student is uneducated look at the homeplace…an education begins in the home.
I say if a student is not held accountable for not performing scholastically then by all means blame the educator.
Don’t consider the students lack of dedication and desire to know the facts for themself.

The problem with the system isn’t teachers who are in it for the money (tongue in cheek) or the free summer paychecks but the parents who perpetuate blame games, do not hold their lazy and unmotivated child accountable and have not leant structure and stability in the homeplace which prepares a child to respectfully participate in their own education…

Soooo to all the Educators out there who put forth the effort, who paid thousands of dollar for your credentials,
to those who dig deep in their pocket for supplies and take time away from their private life to lend time to those students who are truly motivated and aware that the level of education they receive is contingent on their level of participation…my hat is off to you…I salute our public educators.

And to those parents who perpetuate the blame game, take your kid out of public school and homeschool them yourself…
I’d love to see how much better your kid’s scores are and how much higher their gpa is because you took full responsibility for your child’s education (most of you wouldn’t last a week and your child would fail the re-entrance exam when you decide to dump them back off in public schools)…

As a retired educator I can attest to these facts, my credentials were bought and paid for by a second job.
NOT because my teaching profession paid me x amount of money you say I didn’t earn.

My students chose just how much they were willing to learn and those “free” summer paychecks were well earned over
the course of ten months with little to no moral support or involvement from parents.

So before you start yelling and screaming and whining about what little your child’s teacher teaches make a few drop in visits, review the curriculum and know just what performance is expected of that teacher. You might be surprised to learn that you jumped to many conclusions and contributed to all the rhetoric going around about how easy a teaching job is…educate yourself before you prove just how ignorant you are and just how ignorant your child is because you believe a bunch of misinformation and taught your kid to believe it too.

When a debate over lunch was had regarding public schools and the lack of a good teacher I was outraged to hear a middle school student degrade the educators in her life. The amount of disregard and disrespect this kid spewed out during the conversation was appalling and offensive. And when the debate wasn’t going her way she stopped the debate and insisted we change the subject.

Parents if you are going to put yourself and your opinionated kid out there you have to prepare them to debate adequately and without getting offended and turning tail as soon as they have nothing more to parrot in the defense of their beliefs. I am embarassed for parents who allow their child to voice their opinion but do not teach them the skills to debate. It isn’t enough to say what you want to say then
demand the subject be changed when you have nothing more to contribute because all you know how to do is repeat rhetoric. If I have to I will debate with an unarmed individual but it isn’t really any fun when the light is on and no one is home.

Friends, today I want to encourage you to teach your children in all things. Don’t depend on others to educate your child. It is your responsibility to teach them. And in my opinion their grades are representative of just how involved you are not necessarily a reflection of a teacher’s skills.

Much love

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