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Back to school for parents

Schools are open across the country. Thousands of children are back in classrooms being taught by teachers in our public and private systems.

Many parents spent the past few weeks focused on purchasing items for their children to go back to school.

It is admirable that so many are concerned enough to ensure their children are properly dressed and that they have the hardware necessary for learning. Bags, pens, pencils and shirts and pants, however, are not enough to ensure our next generation leave school prepared for the job market and to be reasonable citizens.

Our students have not been doing well in national exams for years. The poor results don’t shock us anymore. The average grade hovers around a D in the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exams.

For children to succeed, parents, guardians and family members must take active roles in their education. Parents must set standards of acceptable behavior, both physically and academically, so their children know there is an aspiration for them greater than mediocrity.

Too many parents just send their children to school and hope the school teaches them something. They don’t know the names of their teachers; they don’t know what they are studying; they don’t know the names of their friends. Such indifference usually leads to failure.

For those parents who did not get that involved last year, do more in 2018. Commit to being interested in the academic and intellectual advancement of your children. Have a goal that they will be smarter and more successful than you.

Along with setting high standards, ask questions about what your child is learning; encourage your child to study; go to Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings; meet the teachers; help your child with homework.

Do not expect the school to do it all. When children know parents care and have standards they ensure are met, those children do better.

For those who have neglected their children when it comes to education, you can turn it around. Do better by getting involved. The school exists to help you. You the parent must lead the way to ensure that your child becomes a self-motivated and productive member of our society.

Your interest in their academic life could be the missing catalyst that elevates your children’s performance. Something so simple could be the difference between success and failure for children.

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