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January 31, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Parents play a role in education

Many articles and letters to editors have been published regarding the poor state of the schools in Southern Nevada. Student test scores, graduation rates, and fitness to enter college or the workforce have been bemoaned long and loud by educators and politicians alike.

Of course, the politicians’ first response was to throw more money at the problem and propose higher taxes for that money. Virtually unquestioned are current levels of parental involvement in the education process and the almost total lack of discipline in the classrooms. One is related to the other.

If parents had to pay a small fee per student per year, they may pay more attention to their children’s education and take steps to ensure their proper behavior while in the classroom. Improvements to our schools must start with parental involvement, not with politicians in Carson City.

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  1. Parental/guardian concern, caring, and involvement in their children's academic and educational achievement is the single most important factor for ensuring student success.

    Carmine D

  2. Parents are a child's first and lifelong teacher. They provide the very foundation upon which a young human being builds their life. Many parents strive to be the best parent they can be and provide for their child the best that is humanly possible. They could be considered the establishment, main streamed culture. Counter to this, are those parents who have foundations themselves, that are poorly built, and they do what they CAN do, for good or ill. Missing in their lives are core values that guide social interaction, and they behave accordingly. Their children are the fragile in our society, the "at-risk" who arrive at our public school doors already deficient and in need.

    Today's educators are ill equipped to address the deep needs that exist in such children. Education starts in the MIND, and manifests in the behavior. As we all know, the mind and how people process and think is extremely complex, and those who are qualified to address such complexities work in the field of psychology, and focus solely on mental health and well being. Educators are not trained, nor qualified to be mental health workers.

    For all the billions upon billions of Taxpayer dollars thrown at education, virtually none of it has touched the true reason why our at-risk, needy children fail...HOW AND WHY THEY THINK. This is where it all starts!!! Just imagine, people use their minds to decide, what a novel concept, yet adults fail each and every day develing into the underpinnings of "bad thinking".

    It is understandable, coming from the context of Boulder City, the writer of this article, Jack Corrick, would believe that the more worth something has, the more one would be willing to sacrifice and pay. We treat things with perceived and esteemed value and worth in such a manner, as if they would be or behave any better. For example, you would likely put premium gas in your Corvette rather than the lowest grade fuel, or seek to park that Corvette in a shaded shelter place rather than expose it, and all its grandeur out in the brutal weather. It is human nature to treat anyone or anything better because it is prized and valued.

    A child that is emotionally dead will not reach their potential. The only way to even make a dent in this, is to provide mental health access to them, and if need be (and predictably so) with their family and with those whom they interact. It takes a village, as they say, so extending into community education would also follow, the example being the current trend of bullying awareness. This would absolutely be money well spent, and would immediately yield positive results! So why aren't we doing this???????

    Money itself, does not fix a child. It is how they are treated, and how well they emotionally are, that is the basis for success in both academic and social achievement, in school and in life. Thank you.

    Blessings and Peace,

  3. Parents are the single most vital ingredient in a child's growth and development. However, there are others.

    Teachers are like a baker. They need the correct ingredients to bake a delicious bread. They mix, they knead, and they bake. Baking, however must be at an ideal temperature to turn out perfect bread.

    Right now, we do the best we can with less than ideal ingredients. We knead to the best our arms can do. However, the temperature of politics and society is either too cold or too hot.

    Few turn out perfect. Many do not.

    Crucify the bakers?