"A wall at Broad Acres is filled with student reports titled 'Places I've Been.' With practiced penmanship and admirable grammar, one second-grade child after another recounts trips to Toys R Us, McDonald's, and Chuck E. Cheese."
It just makes me wonder what is wrong with these parents. Here they are with all kinds of wonderful museums, monuments, and other attractions that do not charge any admission fees and they prefer to take their kids to a fast food place instead.
Several times in recent weeks I've noticed "tweenage" kids wearing t-shirts with anti-intellectual slogans on them. Given that they are not old enough to be earning their own spending money, the parent(s) must have purchased those shirts for their offspring. Again this raises the question as to what is wrong with some people. What kind of message does it send to the child about the value of education when the parent allows him/her to wear those clothes?
No amount of money poured into the schools is going to be able to make up for bad parenting. Politicians offer all kinds of "solutions" for the achievement gap but I haven't heard them talk about the elephant in the room: values. Regardless of race or class, parents who value education tend to have children who are educationally successful. As a society, we need to place greater responsibility on families as the primary educators of children.