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Preparation or Procrastination?
DeSoto County Alternative Center
Posted On: Wednesday, October 05, 2016


      Are we as a society preparing our children for the future? Are we simply wasting time by enabling students? These are questions that require serious thought. The procedures and routines we use should be consistent in promoting independence and growth within our students. This thought process should be the foundation for transforming young adults into successful members of society.  The school, parents, and community should work in collaboration to promote this success.  However, these parties do not always agree on the approach to take in regards to helping students.  

      Parents want what is best for their children. This is a fact for most parents. Parents are not trained to become parents. The task is usually thrust upon them immediately after high school or even during their school years. Parents are not in a position to succeed independently without the help of the school and community. Parents use the skills they have to raise their children, but the lack of experience and assistance hinders the effectiveness of this effort.  Parents are also reluctant to allow their children to be helped by the school and community because of the opposing views they have in reference to the rules. This creates a situation in which parents are standing in the way of the progression of the child. The child cannot become independent because the parent will not allow him or her to experience and learn from the trials of life. In this sense parents want to protect and guide their children instead of teaching them to become responsible young adults who think independently. Valuable time is wasted; this is the form of procrastination I referenced in the title. 

      The school is filled with people who have expertise in teaching and interacting with young people. The procedures and routines that are deemed as best practices are consistently used to promote success. Parents have to allow the school the opportunity to guide students in the right direction. This occurs when parents are actively involved and cooperating with the school to create a path of success for each student. The community also provides a bevy of resources to assist families. The three parties must be in one accord in order to consistently encourage students to succeed. Only then will our efforts effectively prepare these students instead of stagnating growth.


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