Starting Off the Year on the Right Foot
Beginning at least in the third grade, an overwhelming majority of black students are on a track that leads in the wrong direction — away from college-level work or a career after high school graduation.Accepting this reality makes it possible for us to read closely what King says next:
It helps when students go to school from homes where parental supervision is strong, where respect for teachers and other students is taught, and where getting a good education is valued. It helps, too, if students are exposed at home to correctly spoken English, and where homework must be done and checked for errors.The sad truth is that parents learn from schools as well. Parents can learn good things as well as bad things. In the Philippines, parents are taking home bad lessons on education. When the Department of Education fails to provide quality learning materials, it only demonstrates a lack of thoughtfulness, seriousness and care. A previous post, "The Time to Change Course is Now" illustrates one specific example of DepEd's gross negligence and incompetence. It only shows that education is not really important. Sadly, that message is really getting through explaining why education issues are not even in the periphery of people's attention.
|For a brief period, I worked with parents in an elementary school in the Philippines to introduce the internet.
What schools can do is limited. What parents are capable of is likewise finite. For this reason, King calls for "a community — business, religious and social leaders, including elected officials — bent on providing all that is necessary, both school resources and family support". Without a learning community, any measure taken to solve problems in basic education is just a waste of time for it is bound to fail.