“What are these Teachers saying to these kids?” I wondered out loud. “What kind of learning environment do they foster these days?” I questioned no one in particular. I decided this wasn’t just a conversation to have in the hallway as I dropped off my son the next day, this had to be documented even escalated so the Principal was aware in order to correct it.
I decided to write a letter to the Teacher to express my disapproval.
Thank you for taking out the time to teach my son how to identify shapes and point them out in his everyday life. Last night he pointed to the hazard blinker on the dashboard of the car and said, “tra-angle”. I was pleased to see my little boy attempt to incorporate his learning into our everyday life.
I paused for a minute and smiled at what the Teacher had done right for starters.
In spite of your hard work in impacting knowledge I have to bring to your attention the new words my boy is trying to sound. While I appreciate you have a number of kids to attend to it’s important to remember you have a duty to bring up these kids in a honest, decent and respectful manner.
Duty! The word stroke a cord it my heart. If it was the Teacher’s duty to bring up my son in an honest, decent and respectful manner what was mine? I pushed away the thought and continued with my demands.
You are obligated to ensure that while they acquire their educational basics they also have the sense of responsibility that would help them develop into true citizens.
Really? Was the Teacher obligated to impact that kind of knowledge? Isn’t it too much to ask? Wouldn’t my son be more inclined to listen to the voice he has trusted from birth? Even better, learn about honor, decency and respect by example from me? I paused and thought about what I was writing, what I was demanding of this poor Teacher. I was asking someone paid to impact educational knowledge to take up my role as my son’s life coach and that wasn’t fair.
It’s so easy to point an accusing finger to someone else when things go wrong that you forget to assess what you may have contributed to it or not. It is certain that I can not be there at all times to ensure my little boy is doing the right thing; but I can teach him to discern what is right or wrong and to make the right decisions when I’m not with him.
I’m keen to hear your thoughts on this: Who has more influence on the character of a child: the Family or the Education system?