Start new school year with good resolutions
Within the next week, most schools will be opening their doors, welcoming old and new students, staff and administrators.
Forget Dec. 31: This is the new year. Now is the time to make New Year’s resolutions.
If you are in school, resolve to set aside a special time every day to do your homework, review what you learned that day, plan for the next few days and do a little work on your long-range assignments. Easier said than done, without a doubt, but something you can work toward.
Resolve to get a good night’s sleep every night and eat breakfast every morning. People in education say eating breakfast is surprisingly important to a child’s performance in school.
Resolve to take pride in what you do that is good — and responsibility for your mistakes. Both are valuable.
Resolve to ask for — even demand if necessary — help when you need it. Resolve to have fun at school. If you are beyond school, resolve to continue learning, reading and growing intellectually. If you can, volunteer in the schools or be a mentor.
If you have children in school, resolve to be in regular contact with their teachers. Resolve to make yourself available to help your children with their homework and school problems. Provide the tools they need to succeed.
Let your children see you saying “please” and “thank you” and treating other people with respect. Show them you think education is valuable.
Take pride in what your children do that is good, and help them understand how to learn from their mistakes and to take responsibility for them. Set limits and do not deviate from them. Resolve to encourage your children to go to bed at a reasonable time and wake up to a healthy breakfast.
Education is a collaborative effort among children, parents, educators and the community. Resolve to hold up your end of the quadrilateral.
Happy New Year.