When given a map and told of the extraordinary treasures at the end, is the piece of paper with the directions going to be enough?
Often times where a family purchases a home relies heavily on the atmosphere of the neighborhood and the reputation of the school. Will your children have trustworthy friends who participate in beneficial activities, or is the neighborhood running a muck with kids lighting fires under the park benches? Anytime a parent is asked what is expected from a child, respect or creativity may be mentioned, but undoubtedly education will come into play. As the parent goes to work each day, she entrusts her child's future with people she probably never met before the first parent/teacher conference. After all for about seven hours a day, five days a week, nine months of the year, the child she nurtured, taught to talk and walk is going under the guidelines of someone else with new rules to abide by. Chances are very good these rules differ from the rules at home. But what is the quality of the education?
Now you can see how your child is fairing by comparing their school to others across the state. You don't need a special pass or to make an appointment, all you need to do is search on Utah's School Rating to be bombarded with lists ranging from district, school size, and test type to see the rankings. But what does all of this mean?
Nothing. It means nothing. Each teacher, like each human varies, as does the school. The real effort still comes from the child and the parent who nurtures that child. Have you ever heard the saying about leading a horse to water but not being able to make it drink? The reality is the majority of a child's habits, attitudes, and learning structures are embedded in the personality during the preschool years. "85% of the core brain structure is developed before the age of four providing the foundation for children's future health, academic success, and social and emotional well-being." Children Now (2013) http://www.childrennow.org/index.php/learn/early_learning_and_development/
While raising a child in the healthiest environment is important, it's crucial those first few years of life a parent has with the child is used to its utmost potential. "If a child is emotionally well put together and socially competent, that will effect more positive and productive learning." Shonkoff, (2009) Video Below. After all, these years are gone forever once they slip away and then it will be up to the pubic with the unknown teacher, so make sure they count.
Having the map will do not good unless a person has learned the difference between north, south, east, and west. They also would need to have learned the key so they could establish whether the measurement is in feet or miles. All of these essential steps are the responsibilities of the parent. The map is gathered over the next years in public education where the initial tools of self-control and the quality of learning have already been established. Then, and only then, will the true treasures be discovered.
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(2013) Children Now. http://www.childrennow.org/index.php/learn/early_learning_and_development/
Jack P. Shonkoff, MD (2009), Harvard University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLiP4b-TPCA (VIDEO)
(2013) Utah School Ratings https://www.google.com/search?q=utah%27s+school+rating&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8...