EDUCATION BEGINS AT HOME
Johnny has developed a strange attitude alleging that his scholastic difficulties are not his but somebody else’s fault. Perhaps, the school or the teachers’, and further would assert that if he doesn’t do well the mistake was not his own.
It was Johnny’s parents who helped him to become so irresponsible and blamed everyone for his academic failures. They made him assume that if he doesn’t do well, it might be the teacher or school or the system that is failing him but not his incompetency.
IT’S PARENT’S’ FAULT:
Johnny’s parents moved him from school to school every year, hoping to find one perfect school that best suits his intelligent makeup. They are looking for a school that provides the best environment, excellent teachers to light the lamp of his knowledge quest. Now looking back, four years later, over six schools, there was no improved brightness in the spark of enthusiasm found in Johnny or no school seemed perfect.
Now Johnny’s parents see their mistaken decisions, hasty suspicions and bitterly conclude, perhaps, “The flaw is not in the schools but in us.” It’s too late by then, whatever damage that could have occurred for Johnny in studies and self-concept it might have hurt him bitterly.
In Johnny’s case, it was the overenthusiasm of the parent’s to blame the school or teachers. They created a delusory situation where Johnny hasn’t pushed himself hard enough to achieve the academic success he is capable of.
EDUCATION STARTS AT HOME
I believe education starts at home. As parents, we never question ourselves how much we contribute our share to help the children gain the right grooming steps at home before they put forth the first step into a school.
There is one significant aspect every parent has to remember that when they actively and constructively engage in their children’s education, it can make a huge difference how well they do in the school.
Parents are not only their children’s first teachers, but it’s also what their kids need and expect as guidance and support throughout their childhood.
It’s a verified truth that children with a lot of support and care and understanding from parents at home are the most successful, mentally strong children not only in school but also in all social activities.
Unfortunately, many parents never meaningfully involved in their child’s early nurturing of values and skills. But later, it’s the same parents at their child’s middle school level raise the bar regarding the marks and grades. This misguided priority results in suffering and negative learning outcomes for children.
CHECK THE HOME ENVIRONMENT
There are a few aspects parents have to provide at home from the early years for their children.
First, they have to create a quiet place to read and work. They must encourage reading, vocabulary, and conversation to support their communication and social skills.
Parents have to plan for cultural activities such as visits to libraries, museums, historic sites, nature visits, encourage hobbies like music and fine arts, anything that makes children animated and intimate to the parents. It’s proved that supporting activities in school are of undoubted benefit, but parental support of learning within the home environment has a bigger and lasting impact.
It is always good for community and schools and children when parents get inspired and involved in their children’s education from the early years.