For years parents have been saying, “Our children are the future” while proudly looking forward to the day when his or her offspring take their rightful place of influence in society. Today, in 2011 this same motto is in place, but sadly enough we are functioning in a society where many of our children are being lost in the educational system and are not being equipped with the necessary tools to become successful or reach the position in life that they rightfully deserve to be in. The current average reading level for the United States is fifth grade, a shocking statistic that illustrates the true position that our children could be in the future. Statistics also tout that children in single parent homes are at greater risk for having lower levels of educational achievement. While I am in conflict with this statistic, as a single parent that has also been an educator I must say that the education of our children causes great concern. June 1, 2011 is Stand For Children Day, a day that has been dedicated to increasing awareness of education for our children and improving access to quality education in order to secure a better future for them. As a single parent the amount of tasks that must be accomplished daily can seem overwhelming, but the fact is that ensuring that our children receive consistent, quality education must be at the forefront of our priority list not only to secure their future, but the futures of upcoming generations and ourselves. Improving education begins with each and every parent of school aged children and their concerted efforts to be active and involved in their child or children’s education.
ANY parent can make a big impact on their children’s education. It does not matter whether you graduated high school, college or are have educational deficits or disabilities you as a parent are still your child’s biggest hero and advocate.
*Take time out to have regular conferences with you child’s teacher and learn about your child’s curriculum and what is being taught in school.
*Insist on knowing both your child’s strengths and weaknesses and address both.
*Never be afraid to ask for help for your children from a teacher, tutor, or someone else with knowledge in the areas that they need help.
*Always be willing to address the administrators with any questions or concerns that you have.
*Most Importantly, Never, Ever, Give up on fighting for your children to get the education that they deserve.
If you are interested in more information on the nonprofit organization Stand For Children you can access them on the web at http://www.stand.org