Failing our children
Armstrong Williams | 7/11/2013, 12:29 p.m. | Updated on 7/11/2013, 12:29 p.m.
Apparently, those duties are beyond many parents today, as they have demanded teachers become surrogate mothers and fathers. Why else would they demand schools teach, rather than simply enforce, morality over history or science? For what other reason would they insist their child never fail so he can believe in himself rather than learning how to overcome setbacks?
The students quickly learn that the system cannot afford to flunk them, and school becomes a social function. In fact, the students begin to feel entitled to grades they never earned yet were always given. Many parents encourage this behavior by their actions. They blame schools for their children’s failing but bully teachers into passing their child. They yell at the teachers, principals and school board members for disciplining their child. They sue the schools for anything and everything. Students learn that complaining about too much homework, the mean teacher or the bad food makes the problem goes away.
The youths graduate from high school expecting everything to be handed to them and run smack dab into the real world. Having never dealt with failure or needing to meet expectations, they flounder. How could we have ever expected them to succeed when they were never really given the right tools?
But politicians and parents are not the only culprits behind the failure of our education system. Next week, I will address the institutional problems plaguing our public schools and what we can do to try to solve this crisis.
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