It’s the Parents, Stupid

16 Feb

I read this post on Jupdi Blogs and thought, “Bull Shit!”  It’s too easy to blame American teachers when kids don’t learn. When our daughter was a senior in a public high school, she had maybe two bad teachers in the thirteen years she’s been in school.

I heard our daughter’s complaints, so I know.

She also had many good teachers. So, explain how she managed to earn nothing but As and a 4.66 GPA then be accepted to Stanford where she’s now a student.

She was also ranked in the top 4% for her graduating class and was guaranteed acceptance at the University of California, Davis. How did she do that?

It’s the parents, stupid, and the real problem is a culture that looks for scapegoats. It’s not a few bad teachers.

In every profession, there are workers that do a poor job and teaching is no different. When there is a poor teacher, instead of complaining, do what we did—teach your child at home or hire a tutor for that subject.

Three professions suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) — combat soldiers, public school teachers and airport flight controllers. The real problem is often the stress caused from parents with attitudes like the author of the post at Jupdi Blogs.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

His third book is Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé, a memoir. “Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.” – Bruce Reeves

Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy. His short story A Night at the “Well of Purity” was named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. His wife is Anchee Min, the international, best-selling, award winning author of Red Azalea, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992).

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5 responses to “It’s the Parents, Stupid

  1. Roseanne

    October 4, 2014 at 21:36

    I had no idea that parents were so important to a childs education. I thought that was the teachers job.

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      October 5, 2014 at 08:31

      Yes, parents share the biggest responsibility for a child’s education—at least two-thirds or more, while teachers and the school environment are maybe responsible for a third of that. In addition, if we take into consideration that the average child has sbout 40 to 50 teachers K to 12, and also attends more than one school [I mean, how many schools are there that teach K to 12 all on the same campus], then we must divide up that one-third among 40 to 50 teachers and those multiple schools. The actual impact an individual teacher has shrinks to a single digit.

      That leaves the parent holding the bag for more than 60-percent of a child’s education. A child’s home environment, parents and/or guardians are the most responsible people in the chain of a child’s education. No one else holds more. No one.

      And it starts at pregnancy with a proper diet and a low stress lifestyle for the parent. When the child is born, it is also the parent who will instill in the child a love of books and learning, and children who start kindergarten without having that love of reading and books introduced to them at a very early age by their parents start out behind and stay behind.

      In Finland, for instance, it is culturally customary for parents to introduce their children to books and start teaching them to read at home as young as three or earlier which may explain why Finland’s 15-year olds do well in the PISA tests. Of course it also helps that the childhood poverty rate in Finland is less than 5% compared to more than 23% in the United States—the highest childhood poverty rate among the OECD (developed) nations, and according to studies, more than two-thirds of children who live in poverty are not introduced to books by their parents and/or guardians at any age.

      So, why is the Obama administration and many of the states in America punishing public school teachers—and only public school teacher—when these children don’t keep up in school?



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