I remember a conversation that took place years ago with a relative who thought that being born to uneducated parents meant their children would also go on to be uneducated.
Whilst I agree unless parent puts a value on their child’s abilities and education there will always be less scope for that child to succeed, there are also other reasons why children fail in school.
Due to my own difficulties and a lack of encouragement from those looking after my welfare, including teaching staff, I still knew how important it was for children to get an education. It’s important for children to be encouraged emotionally, because emotional stability encourages spiritual growth, if they are to do and give of their best in school, university and life in general.
Because children in school have differing abilities, it stands to reason that some children will need more support than others, but with the right support and commitment from home and school, there is no reason why children cannot go on to succeed, even if it’s not always in a classroom situation.
I don’t believe parents always have to be educated to recognise they need to educate their children, but agree it helps. Whether school is something a child struggles with, or something they find easy, as adults it’s our job to give of our best in terms of support, in the hope that children will go on to become successful in their own right.
We cannot afford to put a price on a child’s abilities or their education. Parents must be open to both. After all, it’s their children’s meal ticket to a better, successful and more prosperous life.