I’m brand-new to the public school parenting scene. My oldest child is 7 and halfway through first grade, but I’ve been paying attention to the discussions surrounding public schools and its apparently many drawbacks for the past year. Parents often blame the school system, teachers, and the administration for everything from their child’s misbehavior, low academic performance, and problems with social skills.
I’m a rookie at this, but…parents are supposed to take the lead as the primary influence and guide of their children’s lives. We can’t blame the school for our child’s inability to read if we never crack open a book at home. The school staff is responsible for enforcing their rules and codes of conduct, but parents must proactively teach manners and respect at home. An educator’s job is to instruct our elementary school kids in the basics of math, reading, writing, science, and art. They are not our children’s primary caretakers.
There’s a pervading thought floating through society that the school system takes over the raising of our kids once they start attending kindergarten. Kids typically attend school five days a week, except on weeks with holidays, spring break, winter break, and of course the three-month longer summer vacation. Despite attending class for several hours a day, kids still spend most of their time at home with their parents and siblings, if applicable.
School-age kids are still primarily their parents’ responsibility. Whether their parents want to embrace that or not is up to them.