Ed­u­ca­tion of kids is part­ner­ship

The Citizen (KZN) - - LETTERS -

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.

David Grim­beek

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

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