If parents are relying on teachers alone to teach their children everything from A to Z and 1 to 100 there is a chance their children may remain behind the learning curve in the process. That is to say if parents are not working with their young children and preparing them for school they should not and do not have the right to blame teachers if their child, or children are not keeping up with their grade level academics. Astoundingly, the educational process has become a complicated venture of politics, titled learning programs, behavior interventions, social service entitlements, and lastly parental responsibility issues. However parental issues may be the most important factor which could keep some children behind their proper grade level in the learning process. Even with preschool programs in affect it is still amazing to learn that by the first grade many children are not ready for the workload in many public educational settings. Now barring any learning disabilities there really is no excuse for children not to be ready for first grade learning but the social dysfunction that is rampant among United States communities has resulted in disadvantageous for the nation’s children. Many people are not prepared emotionally, mentally, or financially to be parents but yet they insist on taking on the task which often is an overwhelming experience and children are rendered at a disadvantage at an early stage in life.
It is a commonly known factor that the educational learning process begins in the home from as early as before babies become toddlers. By the time children start kindergarten realistically they should know most if not all their ABC’s and should be familiar with numbers from at least 1 thru 20 and being able to print their names and add numbers from 1 to 10, along with some other basic educational skills. That should be where the least point of where the bar is set by parents. Making a conscious effort to prepare a child with basic learning skills should be a priority, but that is not always the case.
While spending this school years’ beginning with first graders and talking with their teachers in a local school it was revealed that at least about one-third of the first grade students were not sufficient in basic skills and that included several students repeating the first grade. In one class when children were asked if they spent any time working on academic skills during the summer there were very few hands that went up and that may have been just a reflex action instead of them really understanding what the question meant. Politicians, parents, administrators, and the media are much too fast at pointing the finger at teachers for not performing sufficiently, but when children are not sufficiently prepared from the onset and teachers are over whelmed with defiant behaviors, hyperactivity disorders, and a number of other emotional issues many children are experiencing, teacher are obviously at a disadvantage and ill equipped to deal with all the challenging behaviors they face on a daily basis.