In my opinion, you can have a bad teacher and a bad school, but a bad parent is ten times worse.
While I believe most teachers, schools and parents do a good job or at least try to, I believe the most important element to a child’s education is the environment of learning that is created by a parent.
That’s not to say that teachers don’t have major influence and that if a child has a bad parent that they cant achieve, but their is no greater influence on a child’s education than that of parents who makes learning a high priority.
When a child is in class and is exposed to great teaching by a teacher who is top notch, once they go home, a great percentage of that learning can diminish if they are then not required to do any homework or follow up and also stuck in front of a TV for hours and hours with no supervision.
Also the structure, love and concern and discipline level at home is crucial in most cases to what happens at school.
Just think about it,when you have great teaching at school and great parenting at home, that is a fantastic combination and statistics show a high percentage of success.
I look at it this way, when you’re making a cake, you can have the finest ingredients, flour, sugar, eggs and milk (I like to lick the spoon), but if someone doesn’t mix it and bake it, you never get a finished cake, and frosting really puts it over the top.
Well, teachers provide the ingredients, but parents are the four star chefs that mix and bake it in the oven for the final product.
So parents, read to your kids, go over their homework, cut down the amount of television they watch unless educational, buy them educational music and learning Cd’s and watch your cake (your kids)…. be ever so sweet!
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