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May 27, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Education reform

Lack of parenting is part of the problem

In Bruce Ramsey’s education-reform column, he wrote: “Schooling comes down to the quality of the people: What they aim for, what they insist on, what they allow.” I agree [“Education reform is only part of answer to student achievement,” Opinion, May 22].

As a former teacher, I don’t believe enough parents are accepting enough of a role in preparing their kids for school. Large class sizes aside, too many parents seem to expect that school will teach manners, how to play, how to accept responsibility for their children’s actions, and how to interact respectfully.

Increasingly, students speak out and act disrespectfully in the classroom, which isn’t being addressed at home. A cavalier attitude toward classwork and effort is too often the first thing a teacher must address.

Parent and student apathy should no longer be tolerated. If support at home is not there, if disrespect and poor effort in the classroom continues, should we allow a child to pass to the next grade or insist on each child being ready before promotion? Let’s insist on quality for and from everyone.

Jim Thompson, Seattle

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