“Acorns were good until bread was found.” Francis Bacon
I am convinced the education team has only three legs. Moreover, from the lack of evidence the majority of the community seems to view them much like this video. A happy place, where everyone progresses and students win awards and recognition of one kind, or another.
But are they?
We want them to be, don’t we?
School administrators will tell you they use the four-legged team model. While in practice, it functions more like the one-man-two-legged team shown in this 15-second video.
Where one team member carries the other two, and they do little more than dangle and try not to let go.
Who comprises the team members?
Three-legged teams are made of students and teachers.
While both Best Practice and Academic Research supports building four-legged teams, promoting the greatest possibility of student success.
The four-legged teams require the addition of another member – The parent.
So where do you go to get in step as a four-legged team member?
It should have been your local school.
Henry County Schools in 2008 committed to training you as a four-legged team member (GAPSS see Required Analysis), and reaffirmed that commitment last fall, when Georgia made Academic-Parenting instruction part of the Race To The Top waiver. Read here PDF, starting on page 98 to page 106, Student, Family, and Community Involvement and Support. Also page 57 Parent Interview Questions.
However, a commitment on paper does not always translate into action.
What is Academic Parenting?
Academic-Parenting is about Building-A-Better-Student, similar to Build-A-Bear, but for kids.
The goal of Academic-Parenting:
- Build on-your child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn,
- Develop the skills and strategies necessary to be a successful student today, and
- Become a life long learner tomorrow.
Why did you send your child to school if it wasn’t for the same goals?
History teaches that our children must be life long learners. Because it’s impossible to predict beyond a small degree, what they will need to know in twenty years.
When was the last Academic-Parenting class offered at your child’s school?
As for Number-One-Son’s schools, I am unaware of any Academic-Parenting classes.
Why haven’t we been teaching Academic-Parenting.
I don’t know. However, consider the following possibilities:
- No Academic Parenting Curriculum provided by Georgia’s Department of Education.
- Senior Educators concerned parents will confuse Academic-Parenting Classes with parenting-classes.
- Educators not sure what Academic-Parenting skills and strategies are.
- Senior Educators believe that teachers not parents should teach any skills students need to be successful, as they need them.
We can build four-legged teams within our communities, if the community is willing to change the institutional-practices and habits within our schools.
As the voice in the background states in this 15-second video, “It’s all about Team Work,” and implementing this Best Practice would effect our children much like this short video shows.
I don’t know about you, but I have grown weary of acorns. So let’s start training, and put some bread on the table.
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