Deputy Political Editor Alison Little wrote an interesting article in the Monday April 25,2011, edition of the UK Daily and Sunday Express Newspaper online.
HOW LAX PARENTS PACK OFF PUPILS WITH PHONE AND IPOD...BUT NO PEN : Nearly half of the teachers questioned said children did not come to school ready to learn
PARENTS were blamed for classroom failures yesterday after teachers said too many children turn up loaded with the latest technology but lacking basic essentials like pens.
Some 68 per cent of 8,000 teachers questioned by the NASUWT union said lack of parental support was a major cause of pupil bad behaviour.
Nearly half said children did not come to school ready to learn, with a quarter blaming the influence of television, the media and video games. They said pupils were distracted by their phones and other gadgets.
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates told its conference in Glasgow: “Parents can’t simply abandon their responsibilities at the school gate. Sending their child to school with basic equipment, on time, with homework completed and with clear expectations of how they expect them to behave in school, is a critical part of their role.
“Too many pupils arrive at school with mobile phones, iPods and MP3 players when teachers just wish they would bring a pen. Hours of valuable teaching and learning time are clearly being lost in lessons every day through pupils not being ready to learn.”
I have long maintained the single biggest problem facing public school education cannot be solved by creating new programs or spending more money in the classroom. The single biggest problem facing public school education is a lack of parental support, and the reality is that proper parenting cannot be legislated. It doesn’t matter how much money is spent on computers for a school. If little Johnny’s parents don’t require him to complete his homework, if they don’t monitor his progress, if they don’t sit and read with him in the evening, if they don’t instill discipline at home, the odds are Johnny won’t succeed in the classroom.
There are no better examples of active parenting than in the homeschooling community. That is why the results of study after study reveal that homeschooled children outperform their peers on academic tests at all levels.
You can read more of Alison Little’s article at http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/242762/How-lax-parents-pack-off-pupils-with-phone-and-iPod-but-no-pen-How-lax-parents-pack-off-pupils-with-phone-and-iPod-but-no-pen-#ixzz1KpbpUhpz