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Ingrid Mahler

Ingrid Mahler 

T-News 8/21/13

Parents’ influence 

To the editor:
 Education begins at birth. The responsibility for formative education begins with the parents. Children are the most impressionable in their early years, like a blank slate. Parental teachings and guidance are mandatory to prepare an innocent, inexperienced life for success.

More knowledge is gained in the first five years of a child’s life, whether it be values, morals, standards or useful knowledge, than at any other time in one’s life.

Like a ladder, as more and more valuable, useful information is imparted, another rung is added.

Parents fail their children by not starting the educational process and continuing to implement and augment the learning experience. Instead, parents are — as I overheard a parent say, “I can’t wait till they go to school” — relegating the formative educational process to the schools. It’s too late by then. Precious years have been lost, and lost forever, putting the child at a disadvantage when he/she enters school.

Parents are blaming the schools, teachers, classroom size and salaries for the problems they have created by being not being involved. Read to your child, take a nature walk, inspire curiosity, and teach responsibility, manners, etc., in the home. Productive time spent with your child is everlasting and doesn’t cost a dime. 

INGRID MAHLER