Parents play vital role in children’s education

2015-08-27 06:00

MANY educationists and educational psychologists believe that a parents role in their children’s learning evolves as the children grow, and we are supposed to be our children’s role models. However, I have observed that some parents are not fulfilling their roles.

I also notice that some parents are experimenting with their children’s education. For example, I find some parents home-school their children or put them in an informal schooling system. When they realise the children are not progressing they quickly “gap” them into a formal schooling system. This is harmful to the child and unfair on the school.

I am not against home schooling if it’s done in the correct method. What I do have a problem with is unstructured home schooling. Furthermore, I find some religious leaders discourage and demonise schooling. This too, is detrimental to the holistic development of the child.

Since religious leaders control the minds of the masses, most will accept their preaching as divine truth.

We need to draw a balance between religion, schooling and extra-curricular activities in order to coexist peacefully and to live in this world. Parents need to be role models for their children. They need to connect constructively with what their child learns every day.

Our attitude about education can inspire our children’s attitudes, and thus show them how to take charge of their educational journey.

MOHAMED SAEED

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