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  •  I agree with the points. But one's missing. (2+ / 0-)
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    TheGrandWazoo, Mostel26

    Parents need to be committed to making sure their children are ready to learn from day one.

    It all starts in the home. If every single one of your points was implemented but students weren't ready to learn and didn't have instilled in them the value of education, what good would any of it do?

    Life is hard. I get it. Parenting isn't easy. But it's the building block from which all the rest flows.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 02:14:06 PM PST

    •  easier to make that demand with community support (5+ / 0-)

      including having health care for the parents and infants, sufficient income support so that both parents are not working two jobs, sufficient nutrition in early development, access to affordable early childhood, etc.

      Remember, many of those who will be parents were denied a proper education when they were children, and do not feel competent or comfortable in helping / preparing their children.  In some case they themselves are illiterate.  That is why there programs devoted to family literacy, in part so that parents can help their children.

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 03:14:00 PM PST

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    •  Restore the joy of parenting for this generation (2+ / 0-)
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      esquimaux, ChuckInReno

      Bender, don't turn your support for parenting into its opposite: blaming and condemning parents for their isolation and alienation from parenting.  This is deep.

      Repressive societies demand that parents instill all kinds of toxic values in their children, but then deprive them of the models and opportunities to learn parenting that only human culture can pass on.   Instead, we offer ugly and sanctimonious prescriptions to somehow discipline their children into valuing further discipline, which will supposedly remedy their isolation from education.

      Young mothers and babies need safe, warm places to sit together and share the bubbly, patient joy of talking and cuddling, for a bare minimum, just to start.  They need a copy of Benjamin Bunny, just like a wealthy mommy does, so their baby can point his little finger at the bunny snuggling his mommy bunny and say bunny.
      I saw abused teen moms in Roxbury invent love for themselves and their babies, while they studied together for the GED tests.  That is the real building block from which all the rest flows.

      It is the power of action that calls reason into being - John Dewey

      by chemtchr on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 04:40:24 PM PST

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      •  I think Bender was adding to, not contradicting (1+ / 0-)
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        joe wobblie

        the points of the post.  Teacherken is right, it's easier to parent with the support of a loving community, but promoting the idea of education-supportive parenting can only be a good thing.  There are plenty of parents who are very well off who are nowhere near as involved in their children's education as they should be.

        Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

        by TheGrandWazoo on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 07:12:06 PM PST

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