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Parents can fix our education woes

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Your article on Nevada’s dismal high school graduation rate, “Nevada’s high school graduation rate lowest among states,” neglected to mention the most important factor in the education of students. When parents abdicate their responsibilities, all the teachers, programs and money in the world won’t accomplish much.

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  1. Letter writer is dead on center right. It is a time and age proven truism that when parents and guardians take an active interest in the educational outcomes and results of the children under their control, the students fare much better academically. And achieve at higher levels.

    CarmineD

  2. I would add some other possible factors into the equation. How many students come from families where both parents work to maintain a decent standard of living? How many students come from families where the parents don't have the educational background to help with the student's homework? How many students come home after school to a "latchkey" house with no parental supervision to ensure that they even do their homework assignments? In our service based economy, how many students even care about getting a decent education before entering the workforce?

  3. You fail to account for the fact that under Socialism the government is the parent, the biological parents have no true say in what the children learn.
    The truth is that this failure leads to Democrat voters so this will only get lip service.

  4. Re Clyde Perkins: Since we don't live under "Socialism" in this country, your premise is wrong. If you believe that's where the country is going, fine. It isn't there yet, and parents do "have a say in what the children learn". If the parents choose not to exercise their parental responsibilities, it's on THEM not the government. "this failure leads to Democrat voters"; a sophomoric statement with no basis in fact.

  5. That's the ticket, Nelson. Deflect the responsibility on to others. Ignore the fact that the public school system is a disgrace and a monumental failure. That is, of course, unless you are one of the "progressives" who have seen to its demise. Then you'll be loving it. First, "progressives," with their welfare policies, destroyed the "nuclear" family by demanding no male be in the household (legally) in order for recipients to recieve "welfare" funds. Now they blame the single mother families (whom they largely created) for the problem. Cruel, heartless & uncaring, "progressives" go merrily on their monstrous way destroying families without so much as a thought to the havoc they create. Then they shift the blame on those they have cheated for years. "Progressives" are truly despicable!

  6. OK, can we agree that some people are incorrigible or the next thing to it? Some criminals will repeat no matter how we "rehabilitate" them. Ditto for students. SOME students will do well despite inattentive to abusive parents. SOME students will not do the minimums no matter how much attention they get. But can we get teachers to TEACH THE BASICS: reading, writing, arithmetic? Can we allow all students a chance, the exposure to basic K-12? Forget the sports, extra-curricular, sending groceries home with illegal students, and on and on. Some of these things are OK but they are NOT requirements to TEACH. We do not pay teachers to network.

  7. Education is a dual responsibility between the student and the teacher. The student must also rely upon his/her parents for guidance and tutoring during the course of the student's development. This touchy feeley nonsense, and coddling the student if they are not progressing is BS. Either the student passes on his/her own abilities, with the help of mentors and parental guidance, or they don't. We live in a town with a service economy. There are minimal educational requirements to procure employment when the emphasis is on making beds, cooking food, dealing cards, and parking cars. Until the parents and students realize that higher education equals more success and monetary compensation, the graduation rate will remain abysmal.

  8. Re Roslenda: It's no longer the 3 "R"'s, it's the 3 "T"'s; talking on a cell phone, texting and tweeting. No social interaction, face to face, no conversation, person to person, and therefore, no interaction between the teacher and the student. Just a classroom full of techno zombies with no social skills, and no truly verbal interaction amongst themselves or the poor soul attempting to instruct them.

  9. Tru dat.

  10. "Interesting, I never agreed with CDF [Carmine DiFazio] on anything." @Jeffery

    I grow on people. Obviously, you included.

    CarmineD

  11. Amen, Commenter CarmineD, with "It is a time and age proven truism that when parents and guardians take an active interest in the educational outcomes and results of the children under their control, the students fare much better academically. And achieve at higher levels."

    The PARENT is the first, lifelong, and MOST influential teacher of their child. The parent plants the seeds, builds, and sustains that educational foundation and value system of their child(ren). They have the most formative and important years with their child, and the parent's power should never be underestimated, ever.

    The question is, to what degree a parent is directly involved with their child(ren). Ususally, a quality child has a parent who has spent quality time with him or her.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star