Taking part in a group that we want to influence or change shows great dedication and determination. Lately, bullying and childhood issues have been ever present in the news. The issues encountered by today’s children is likely much bigger than any outside adult, even parent, can comprehend. It is one thing to say “they” should do something about kids these days, but quite another to actively become part o the solution.
This problem is likely originating, at least in part, from an economic level. We are too busy earning an income to have the time or to make the time, to be present in schools. Parents should be actively involved in their children’s school situation from a very young age. This may be done by volunteering or even working in schools or by participating on the parent teacher association. With a clear parental presence fro a young age, it is possible to develop friendships between parents and recognition and understanding of the individual children. With this system in place, students would be less likely to develop bad social habits or rude interactions with peers. This solution would also apply to drugs, alcohol, and sex in schools because parents are much more likely to catch wind of things when they are present in schools than when they only interaction they have with the educational system is through letter. Notification about picture day or the latest lice epidemic do not convey the same control that active participation does.
It should also be the responsibility of the school system to create more opportunities for parents to get involved. More after school meetings, for example, may allow more parents the opportunity to participate in their children’s school environment when work responsibilities take away their daytime availability. Schools should also create more groups for parents to join and open up more volunteer positions to parents and caretakers. With more opportunities available at all hours and more parental involvement, a drastic change in schools may be seen in the coming years.
We need to be the change that we want to see in the world and in the lives of our children. Our children deserve to have the security of involved parents, even if it means a financial sacrifice on the part of the family in order to make that happen. The cost of not doing so is far too high.
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