A few times a week, make sure that you let your child know that education is very important. Let them know that their enemy is not the teacher, the principal, or any adult in the school, but ignorance and lack of knowledge is their enemy. Let them know that you want them to make a positive difference among their peers, even if it is not popular. Let your child know that if there are any difficulties that they have with their teacher, you want to know about it. However, don't talk badly or insult their teacher in front of them, that will make the child not respect the teacher. Your child will have a harder time at school. Try to assume the best about your child's teacher. Remember, when you were a child, your biggest concern was not whether or not a teacher could teach or how much they make or are they qualified to teach, but your biggest concern was whether or not you had homework or what would it take to pass a test and the course.
Most people who go into the teaching profession do it because they want to make a positive difference with the young. They are not there to "collect" a paycheck. They are not there to terrorize your child or to pick on them. They, for the most part, want the best for your child.
Make sure that your child is responsible. Ask them if they have their notebooks, pencils and pens. Check their book bags regularly. Sometimes your child is more concerned about bringing his/her Nintendo or Play Station than they are about bringing their school supplies.
Stress to your child that their education is their responsibility, just like it is their responsibility to look both ways when they cross the street. Let them know that education is their responsibility just like it is their responsibility to lift the food from the plate and put it in their mouth for proper nutrition. Stress these things to your child. Too many times your child knows that, but he/she speaks to the teacher like the teacher owes it to them to provide a pencil, pen, eraser, paper and a mind for them to get what will help them for the future, an education.
A little about Mario Depeine, Sr.
As an educator I get the opportunity to get a small glimpse of how our society is shaping up. Children come into the classroom with all types of perspectives. A lot of the perspectives are a result of their environment. Some of those perspectives reflect the home life or lack of. Some reflect the street life and some just reflect the media that the children are exposed to.
Middle School children are just starting out in life. You see how their characters and personalities are shaping up. Many can be molded or adjusted easily others are a lot more resistant to change depending on their circumstance.
I work in an urban district. While there I see many interesting and at times disheartening things. Hopefully my experiences as an educator can shed some light on what we can do to better prepare our children for the future.