Have you felt uncertain the first time you sent your child to a regular school? You might have felt anxious, uneasy, or even stressed because your child will be dealing with things and people without you. This feeling will last until the time you let go of fear and doubts about your children being on their own.
When we send our kids to school, most probably, you will have this mentality that they will be taken care of, guided, and monitored.
Should public schools be held accountable for a child’s education and growth? Yes. The school system is a system developed for a child to maximize their learning for healthy growth. It’s good to know that public schools are accountable for your child’s learning progress. If any of their health factors are being compromised in schools, the school should be held accountable. However, this accountability should not make us complacent. It should make us more active in the child’s schooling. Don’t expect your child to receive everything from their school to be giving them if you will not monitor this yourself.
The only way to keep a school accountable for your child is if you are accountable of your child. You need to monitor their progress and make sure they are living a healthy life. How would you know if the school they are attending is actually giving them the education you agreed upon if you don’t really pay attention to your child? Apart from the grades they get from exam results, what’s more important is their holistic growth. Have you observed their mood while studying? Have you talked to your kids and ask how their lessons are being presented to them? Let us remember that each child has their own unique talents and strengths. Your child might not excel with numbers, but there is certainly something they are good at.
A constant and consistent communication needs to be made between you and the school. If the school knows you are serious about your child’s growth, then this will certainly create a mutual respect among the parents, students, and the school. If you know some information worth-sharing with your child’s teachers which you think could help them come up with better teaching methods.
Don’t wait for the last minute to find out how your child is doing. Report cards and progress reports measure the output of the child based on the school standards, but the process and journey of the child in learning is not being measured. If your child is experiencing challenges that were not addressed during this process it could be too late to wait for the report card. Any issues that are hindering you child for performing at their maximum capacity should be addressed right away.
Schools, both public and private, are aides made available for us parents. Remember that it is quick to blame or point fingers when things aren’t going our way. Do not jump into conclusions, or fall into assumptions. Work with your children and their school. Empower yourself in becoming the ideal parent to your children. Your kid’s education can surely help them sustain their future, but we will always be their parents.
Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.