“That school does nothing for my child!” "That teacher doesn’t teach my baby anything.“ "This school district is terrible.” “We have the worst education system in the nation”.
If I had a nickel for every time I have heard those phrases I would be at least a thousand-aire :). Yes, a formal education is necessary. However, students CAN NOT learn everything in 8 hours per day for 9 months per year, for 12 years. Impossible! Yes, I’m all for education reform (not the one that in the news…but a real change). But while all the change is taking place (whenever it happens) your child still has to become educated. Jobs and colleges will not accept excuses for why a student does not have the qualifications to compete. While parents feel helpless and restricted in providing quality education for their children because of finances or locale, the real TRUTH is: Everything your child needs to compete academically with the best is at home!
The ultimate goal of K-12 education is not to pass a standardized test but to become a productive adult that can solve real life problems and make wise decisions. Most real life problems occur outside of the classroom. Therefore, the most important lessons students can learn are at home and in extracurricular activities. No, i’m not a parent, but I am a child who succeeded despite coming from a minority, low-income and first-generation household and a “medium”-quality school district. The things that I was exposed to at home over-compensated for any lack that I may have experience in my K-12 education.
In “Raising College Grads: Home Is Where SMART starts! Part 2” I will give several tips and strategies that parents can considered in making sure their child is academically prepared for college.