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Who Is Responsible For Teaching Our Children?
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Who is Responsible for Teaching Our Children?

Right now so much is at stake in our country. What do you think is happening?

Children are being shot and killed while at school. I can’t remember even thinking of such a thing when I was growing up. Teachers are molesting children. Teachers are unhappy and striking to be heard. Illiteracy is rampant. Young people are reacting to their desperate feelings in destructive ways. What is the problem?

We tend to blame the schools but is that really the problem? Where is the responsibility of the parents?

What about the family structure? The family used to have a dad, a mom and children that came under their authority. Due to the high divorce rate now, some kids have 2 or even 3 moms and 2 or even 3 dads. Some don’t have a dad or a mom. No wonder there is so much confusion about who the authority is.

Education begins at home. We are their model and they are our responsibility. It’s scary, isn’t it but it is the truth. A brand new baby discovers right away that if they scream, they get; and yes, rightfully so because how else can they communicate. As they grow though, they need to be taught that everything they scream for isn’t in their best interest. We are responsible to meet their needs but not their wants. When parents give their children everything they want is where entitlement begins. They must learn to work hard for what they want. They must make a contribution to the family through taking on certain chores. They must learn obedience to those in authority over them. They must learn to respect the rights of others.

Parents need to see the uniqueness of each of their children and to praise them for the things they excel in. Praise builds their feelings of value in this world. As parents recognize a child’s talents then they can guide them to making good choices in the use of their time that will develop those talents.

Parents need to focus on character building. Children need to be taught to discern what good character looks like and how it is lived out in everyday circumstances. They need to learn about healthy boundaries as to what is acceptable from others and what is not and vice versa.

Actually, the responsibility of teaching our children is overwhelming. Most of us struggle with this due to our own past and the baggage we continue to carry. However, we cannot expect our schools to fill in for our own personal failures. Their responsibility is simply to teach the academics our children will need to steer them into adult life and to be able to provide for their future.

This is not meant to put a guilt trip on anyone reading this article. We all have blown it, every single one of us. What we can do is recognize our failures and stop blaming others for them. We can take action and not let our failures determine our choices for the future. Passivity will never change anything but constructive action in our own lives can. We can’t change others or make them do anything but we can, with the Lord’s help, change ourselves, therefore, changing our influence in our families and friends.


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Hi Gail, I like your article. You are not exactly correct that the full responsibility lies with the parents. Like you said, some kids have few parents and some kids don't even have one. Think about this - who is going to teach those kids who don't have parents? Do we give up on them? Think about this - if a kid have a drug addicted parent? What future does he has? Think about this - what happen if the parents do not have correct moral sense, how do they teach their children? I am sure you will disagree with me. I just want to give you some food for thought. - MisterWailor

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  about 8 years ago
  

I haven't been on here in a long while. Thank you ,Lewis, for your comment. We are like minded!

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  about 9 years ago

You are spot on about the difficulties in education. Teachers are now expected to play the role of parent to these kids, as well. I've been in education long enough to see the changes in student learning and behavior. When the crack babies came along I witness the breakdown of the family and how it effected the schools. I wish I had a solution for this problem but I firmly believe it begins with the parents and the family. We need to focus on the family and try to heal those wounds before we can expect major changes in the schools.

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  about 9 years ago
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