Education is the key. We are constantly hearing that statement over and over again. It has been drummed into our heads more precisely than we can recite the ABC’s, yet this gold that we seek is becoming ever increasingly illusive. The group spoke about the challenges that one faces in the education system and how the majority of it falls under personal responsibility; I disagree.
I’m sure that once a young adult reaches college or graduate school that much of their progress from that point forward hinges strictly on personal initiative and responsibility, BUT there has never been a baby that breast fed itself. I say that to say this, the purpose of a student is to learn and ALL students learn to their full ability, however, the teacher and parents jobs are to make sure what they are learning and how they are learning it will benefit them in the future and help them grow into a more complete human being. That being said, teachers and parents must have an intimate relationship with one another so that the child can learn in a way that doesn’t constantly conflict with their reality protecting them from the distractions and helping them to focus.
Parents are your first teachers and one of the issues the group addressed was the lack of a complete family unit in Black households. Coming from a family that has both a Mother and a Father, though only one generation removed from extreme poverty and a single Mother household in the projects, I know how important a sense of community is; that community starts in the home and its difficult to compensate for a missing half of a family unit. There’s no easy fix to the problem that plagues us in America, diminishing sense of community, but it starts with oneness and cooperation between the child’s first teachers(the parents) and all those who will teach the child in the formal sense in the future.