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EDUCATION: Sometimes, the student is at fault

Letter by O. T. Clark, Puyallup on Jan. 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm with No Comments »
January 19, 2011 10:44 am

I read a great deal about the school system and its problems. Some blame the Legislature for not adequately funding the system; others place the blame on poor teachers or poor parental attitude. I would point out that there is another culprit: the students themselves.

I recall when my youngest son was in high school. I would receive notes from his teachers saying, “Scott is not working up to his capabilities.” I would reply by saying, “You know it, I know it, Scott knows it and he doesn’t care, so what can we do?”

The question still remains when the teacher has such a student: “What can they do?” His teachers and I never found the answer.

Children’s attitudes range all the way from an eagerness to learn to, as with my son, “Who cares?” Some children will never be reached no matter what. I believe that the majority tend toward the former, but I also believe you can do something about many of the latter.

You can volunteer at your local elementary school. The teacher has 30 or more children he/she is trying to respond to every minute. Could you respond to their individual needs? Working with these children one on one can really cause them to blossom. I know. I saw it happen time after time when I could still do the work.

Think about it. Contact your nearest elementary school.

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