Who must take the responsibility for educating children?
As a college educator, I see different types of students every day. I see students who leave their garbage on their desks. Few of them have the courage to observe cleanliness. I got lucky if one of them arranges the chairs before leaving the classroom.
Thus, sometimes I wonder. I ask myself who is neglecting the responsibility of teaching these young people the right attitudes. Is it the teachers’ fault or the parents’?
To me, the first teachers are the parents. Therefore, parents must first orient the children to be good members of the society.
Should parents take the responsibility?
A few months ago, a Portuguese school reminds parents their biggest responsibility to their children. A simple yet comprehensive reminder was posted on social media. And that simple poster creates noise in the online world.
The school made it clear that parents are the first teachers at home. Thus, home is the first school of the children.
Therefore, the schools are supplementary learning avenue for children. The teachers’ job is to teach children additional and more advanced body of knowledge. Not the basic ones.
Newsner has the actual reminder:
- We would like to remind you that magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, and thank you, all begin to be learned at home
- It’s also at home that children learn to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show utmost respect for their elders and all teachers.
- Home is where they learn to be clean, not talk with their mouths full, and how/where to properly dispose of garbage.
- Home is also where they learn to be organized, to take good care of their belongings, and that it’s not ok to touch others.
- Here at school, on the other hand, we teach language, math, history, geography, physics, sciences, and physical education. We only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents.
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I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.