Reader: Letter sends wrong message to child

Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2006

This letter is in response to Dave Briscoe’s “Requirement for parents attendance leaves bad taste” (Clarion, Sept. 13).

Dave, with all due respect, I can only imagine that your response is exactly the reason why administration at your child’s school attempted to mandate the attendance. Let me explain, please.

Studies have shown there is a direct correlation between parent involvement in their child’s education and positive educational results for the child(ren). I don’t believe parents purposefully ignore their children’s education. I believe it’s because we have not made this our priority.

By this I mean that our children’s education should, hands down, be the No. 1 priority of any home. Our children spend more time at school, with educators, with their peers and administration than they do with their families. Education is our children’s focus, that’s what they do in preparation for graduation and to pursue a future beyond school.

I am a single parent but I spend as much time at my children’s school as I can. It’s amazing how beneficial being connected to our educators is. They are influencing your children’s minds all day long. Doesn’t that make you want to know who these people are and what they are teaching your children?

If you and other hurried parents truly feel this way, I’m sad that our society has evolved into this reality. I must have missed something because now I wonder where was I when being involved with children became “an unwanted chore” as you termed it? I can only say that you get out of the relationship with your child that which you put into it. You are also giving your children a message loud and clear — their education must not be as important to you as it is to them.

Debra Hansen

North Kenai

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