Parental Involvement

Today the peas are discussing the answer to this question: "What is the biggest challenge facing our educational system?"

As you probably guessed, most peas first answer was "lack of parental involvement". Predictable. Everyone blames the parents, right.

I had to disagree. I spent 5 years being an overly-involved parent in my child's education and the system was still unable or unwilling to provide J with what he needed to succeed educationally, even with a heaping dose of parental involvement. Yes, that does still annoy me. It was a collosal waste of time and energy and I wish I had been able to see that earlier.

So now *I* am the educational system and the parental involvement is at an all-time high (lol). What does it say that the system says it can't succeed without more parental involvement however it has proven that it can't succeed with parent involvement *but* the parent/child can succeed without the system's involvement?? Let's think on that a bit, shall we?


TracieClaiborne said...

I heard about the post on 2Peas. My best friend (Tiff) is a high school English teacher. She was a little hurt by some opinions there and rightly so. I don't think it's the fault of all teachers everywhere that the school system is failing. It IS failing but I think it's the SYSTEM. School as an institution just doesn't work in this day and age. The discipline is no longer there, the respect for others, the desire to learn and appreciate learning. I think most kids view school as something to "get through." I want so much more than that for my precious baby girl. Us homeschooler Moms may not have all the answers but we can find them online or in a book or just search until we do and make sure the education process is a good one, right. Personally I think the downfall of the school system started when they took prayer and the Bible out but that's a whole other blog entry....

TracieClaiborne said...

I just realized that what I said didn't directly relate to what you said about parental involvement - sorry!!!! I get off on tangents. hehe