“Education doesn’t only happen in the classroom” is the message of the guide as it calls on parents to accept greater responsibility in association with teachers and education institutions for their children’s education success.
Teachers are appealing to parents as their children’s first educators to partner with them in developing their children’s education potential rather than placing the burden solely on teachers' shoulders.
There is a lot of sense in this initiative. The rules are simple:
1. prepare your child for school
2. share the responsibility for your child's education
3. partner with your child's teacher
4. participate in your child's school
5. communication goes two ways
6. support your child's teacher and school
Sadly things have changed because this was the way it was years ago. Parents relied on teachers to educate their children and enable them to join society fully equipped with all the education they need to succeed in society. Teachers also reinforced values and morals taught in the home. Manners. Respect. Responsibility. It was rare for a parent not to back up a teacher when a child misbehaved.
Now it is not as rare to find feral children with no manners, no respect and no idea of responsibility. How can teachers reinforce positive values when there are none?
Years ago my mother was stunned when a child told her that he/she had found a diamond ring, and when asked whether the parents reported the find to the police the reply, from the parent, was that it was a case of "finders-keepers".
One of the school excursions by the school was a train ride into the city and a walk over the Harbour Bridge. There was a furore as some television crew was filming the Milson's Point railway station and footage was shot of a teacher patting a straggling child on the bottom to hurry that child into the train. Outrage ensued that this teacher had laid a hand on the child. Someone complained to the Ed Dept. that this teacher had assaulted the child. There was an investigation .
My mother was so cranky with this. It caused many problems for the teacher, who was an excellent teacher and a very caring person for the infants school children in her charge. It was a black mark on her name and it knocked her for six.
When a teacher did not perform, and these were teachers responsible for laying the groundwork for the three Rs in infants school, there were measures which could be taken. Counselling. Teachers were usually straightened out and all was well.
It was always a traumatic experience when the inspector was visiting. The teacher hoped like mad that the class disruptive trouble maker was on their best behaviour
A PDF of the partnership document from Australian Scholarships Group and NEiTA here.