Megan Ross: The village is alive and well
I’m writing in response to George Boardman’s Aug. 21 Leave It To Beaver-esque piece “The job of educators should be to teach our children, not raise them.”
Boardman makes some excellent points regarding the role that both educators and parents should play in raising children. However, while it’s fine and well to say parents should be doing a better job, but that doesn’t fix anything.
Parents are like any other demographic in society. Some are good and some are bad, but that doesn’t mean the educational community can turn its back. Teachers, by nature, are compassionate souls who will always do a little more to support their students.
Teachers do feel the pressure to do more. I wonder how Boardman would handle a student who hasn’t eaten since lunch the day before? Or a homeless student? Should we send them away?
The NU Community Roundtable discussion revolved around the fact that raising kids takes more than just a school. The trifecta is parent-school-community, and within that kids are the ultimate benefactors.
Yes, there was a reoccurring theme that students need help with life skills, but the best thing to come from the discussion is that the community is embracing the idea wholeheartedly. We realize it doesn’t always happen in the homes, that we can’t do it alone, and we are reaching to the community for support.
The community said, “We can help.” The village is alive and well.
Megan Ross is a Partnership Academy teacher at Nevada Union High School and a member of The Union Editorial Board. Her opinion is her own and does not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of The Union or its editorial board. Contact her via EditBoard@TheUnion.com.
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