Monday, February 07, 2011

When will parents really make education a priority?

When will parents really make education a priority?
By George L. Cook III

To paraphrase the late Richard Pryor, " If you follow a dumb mutha F**** home you will find a house full of dumb mutha f*****" Sadly that statement is probably more true than funny nowadays especially when it comes to our children's education.

Now let me state that I believe that there are no dumb children. All children can learn. Some may learn in different ways and in those cases it's up to the educational system to find those ways.

Now back to the parents.

Many parents and those in the public are blaming schools and teachers for failing schools and students while ignoring who students first teachers are. Their parents. If mom and dad truly value education then so will their children. If mom and dad don't give a damn then neither will the kids. Plain and simple.

It's not enough to come and ask your child/children did they do their homework and then grab a beer, sit on the couch, hold your nuts, and watch Sportscenter. It's not enough to ask how was a child's day at school and then pick up the phone and start telling Nanny how Pookie acted a fool in the nail salon.

Sit down with them. Look over their homework and ask questions. If you don't show any interest why should they? Especially you dads out there. Daddy is Superman and if he thinks homework and school are important and cool then so will his kids.

Make the time to go to PTA and school board meetings to see what's going on in your schools. And I don't want to hear that you have too much going on either because if Pookie had a party at Ray Rays on a Thursday Night many would be there and it would standing room only.

If there's a school board meeting that same night you would hear crickets as you drove passed the meeting spot.

What message is that sending our kids. That getting drunk and shaking your ass is more important than what's happening with a child's education?

When you have kids in your home going to the club should go on that same list with spontaneous sex. The list titled Sh** you don't do anymore.

Loving your kids is about sacrifice and we all have to start sacrificing if we want a better education for them. It ain't about us anymore. It's about our kids. Let's stop talking about doing the right thing and do it.

Let's stop waiting for Superman and make sure our kids know how to spell Superman.

P. S. And yes ain't is now a word. Take that Mrs. Meskin!

George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hear you loud and clear on the issue of education Brother! I remember my mom working every night of the week practically in the cotten mills of South Carolina trying to make sure I had food and clothes as well as shelter.

Now as a parent of a 5 year old, I've learned that life is about sacrifices like my mom made for me. As a RN, I've learned how to juggle my schedule in order to be present at PTA meetings and various other school related functions so that my little one knows that education is of the up most importance. He needs to learn that early in his life so that he knows that I expect him to excel.

You're right Brother George. We need to stop blaming the teachers and the school for our kids failures and look at the man in the mirror to see who is really responsible.

Jen Fad from BIA