More money will not fix our educational and social ills.
Many of us realize that most of our social ills are the results of poor parenting. Almost every societal problem can be traced back to poor parenting. Examples: teen pregnancy, poor school performance, street fighting, disrespect for authority and most other societal problems.
Theoretically, it’s the parents’ responsibility to teach their children how to be good, responsible, law-abiding citizens, and eventually to become good parents. But we also realize this is theory and far too many parents have no idea of how to be good parents or how to teach their offspring how to become productive citizens. Therefore, teaching teenagers citizenship and parenting skills must be transferred elsewhere.
I am proposing that the state Department of Education make it mandatory that every high school student completes a four-year “Parenting and Life Skills” course before graduation. This would be a year-long, mandatory course taught each school year in grades 9-12.
Prospective parents need to know how to be effective parents before they become parents. Parents should be a child’s first teachers and launching that high -quality, parental educational process should begin years before kindergarten.
Roger Leaks Jr.