LETTER: Parents the missing piece in students’ education

To the editor:

The 2014-15 school year is complete. Now, parents, let’s assess these last nine months. It is clear to me having taught Junior ROTC at Richmond Senior High School for several years that the teachers did their part in teaching the students. The question, then remains: Did the students do their part and learn?

If they did not learn, then why not? Sadly, if the student did not learn, the teacher will be blamed. It does not matter that the student talked, played, texted on his or her phone, slept or just sat there waiting for the class to end. The teacher is to blame. (“They didn’t teach my child nothing!”)

What about your part, parents? Did you go over schoolwork with your child? Did you read with them? Did you talk about the importance of an education? Did you correct their bad language and monitor what they listened to and watched on their media devices?

It is so sad that many of our children are allowed to make life decisions before they are 10 years old. I work with 14-year-old boys who have tattoos on their bodies that they can’t even read.

Parents, where are you? Teach some values to your children. Values like honesty, trustworthiness, respect for others, responsibility, hard work and obeying rules. Rules and laws only exist to protect us and to protect our property.

Be a good parent — and if you don’t know how, ask for help. There are many programs out there to help you. And shame on you if you don’t.

Joseph Boone