Education of kids is partnership
It is wise to always be objective and refrain from generalising, with regards to Garry’s letter in The Citizen (Friday, October 27). Not all children are hooligans and undisciplined, or become gangsters and take to drugs.
Teachers are not the primary educators. They are trained to teach and develop learning skills to mine a pupil’s potential. The parents are the primary educators, responsible for discipline and manners.
At school, if the scholar misbehaves, it is the behaviour that is unacceptable – not the child.
Record the misdemeanour and bring it to the parents’ attention. Parents and teachers are partners in education. Remember, a child is the parents’ most precious possession. Touch the child and you touch the parent.
A family that prays together, stays together. We need to communicate with our children. They are exposed to so much: tobacco, alcohol, alternative life styles, drugs, peer pressure, divorce, uncensored TV, racism, violence, etc.
Never criticise or belittle a pupil in front of others. Treat each incident confidentially. Never attack a group (class). Parents
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should attend parent-group discussion if they need advice and help. Every case has two sides and needs an objective mediator. We all want a good time – but not at the expense of others.
Retired headmaster We publish letters that come with full name, address and telephone number even if you want to use a pseudonym. letters@citizen. co.za, fax 010-492-5386 or PO Box 43069 Industria 2042