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A point of View: A few words of wisdom to education participants educator

School bells have sounded and a new school year is well underway. Education can be an opener to exciting opportunities for the present and many years to come.

Friedrich August von Hayek set a tone for today’s schools. As Hayek, a well-known economist of the 1900s, said, “The mind cannot foresee its own advance.” What a powerful statement. Our mindset toward schooling can set a tone for our attitudes and actions. One of the goals of a good education is to develop, within the student, a positive attitude toward self-fulfillment. Developing an attitude for success develops a continuing search for self-fulfilling achievement. With fulfillment comes a sense of motivation, for the now and for the future.

With the new school year underway, there are excited students, parents and school personnel and new learning possibilities are on the cutting edge. This article is for everyone – students, the home, and the school – a powerful triangulation in the educational process.

To the students: be prepared, be positive, be motivated and be there. Going to school, or going to school for the first time may bring with it a sense of anticipation and excitement, uncertainty and anxiety or a little of both. But, when you look for the best, the best will surely find you, right where you are.

To the school, the home and the student: dropping out of school has consequences. It is extremely unfortunate when a 16-year-old student sees no other option but to drop out of school. And it is extremely sad when even a primary school-aged child “emotionally” drops out of a desire for learning. Dropping out of school – physically or emotionally – is tragic. It does not have to be that way. It is incumbent on the home, the school and the student to make sure this does not happen.

To the parents and care-givers: parental support plays a vital role in academic success and the emergence of a positive learning experience. In fact, the foundation of a child’s personality is home-centered. Parents and care givers are or should be the child’s best cheerleading supporters and tone-setters. The parental role is a special, awesome privilege.

Good home organization, sensible routines and a respect for work ethic are essential foundational starters. A productive day at school begins before a student’s head hits the pillow, the night before. One can help a child become a better student with desirable management skills. For example, assist your young child – and older students, too – to have some self-responsibility and to organize their time efficiently. For starters, limit television, interactive computer games, idle chatter on the telephone and endless, loud background music. Eliminate distractions.

Getting enough physical exercise is essential for providing a person with a healthy lifestyle. There are four vital watch words: sufficient sleep, good food, respect for work and an opportunity for healthy play. When you see happy, caring students, you will see thoughtful, caring parents.

To the teacher: education is a science and teaching is an art! Effective communication between school and home is essential. The school and the home, each have a piece of the picture of a student’s development, and each can be most effective when essential, pertinent information is shared. Clear communication, between school and home, helps ensure that teachers and parents are responsive to the unique needs of each student. Very few things are more hurtful to a student than an uncaring parent or an unfair teacher.

Working together as full partners – the home, teachers and administrators – can create a caring school climate which respects and responds to students’ differences.

The centrality of this partnership is the student. The focus of the partnership is to maximize the potential, within each learner so he or she may achieve all of which she or he is capable. When you see desirable communication between school and home, you will see a child who knows that there are those who really care.

Education can be an opener to exciting opportunities for the present and for many years to come. For, you see, successful achievement is a durable treasure that comes from a noble effort, from all the parties involved.

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