Teachers Fed Up With Irresponsible Parents, Post Message In Hallway That Quickly Goes Viral
Marilyn Caylor 12/2/2017
Parents everywhere will agree that raising children is no easy task. Sure, you can get away with just the very basics by giving them clothes, food, and shelter, but that kid won't end up having good manners! Turning into a well-behaved human being takes a lot of practice, and our little ones are bound to make a ton of not-so-polite mistakes along the way.
But, how a child acts in public certainly bring up an age-old debate. Is it the parent's responsibility to educate their children about good manners, or our public school system? Should a teacher ignore a disruptive kiddo, and let the parents deal with the kid later, or should they step in and teach them how to say "please" and "thank you?"
Well, one school in Portugal has taken a definitive stance on the matter. They're fed up with irresponsible parents, and have posted a message at the school that's now gone viral. Do you agree with what it says?
Teaching kids right from wrong is usually a task that parents take on. After all, raising children is what being a "parent" means. However, some people may feel that our schools and educators also play a vital role in raising our country's youth, especially since their formative learning years are mostly spent under the watchful eyes of their teachers.
Children are sent off to preschool as early as the age of 3, where socialization is one of the most important skills they learn. These daily interactions form the basis of what their future behavior patterns will be. Given that teachers spend a great deal of time with our kiddos, some people feel it's okay if they take an active role in molding the "human being" part of a child's education.
However, a school in Portugal wholeheartedly disagrees, and they're letting everyone know why teaching kids to have good manners is something that should be done at home.
The message they posted reads:
"Dear parents, We would like to remind you that magic words such as hello, please, you're welcome, I'm sorry, and thank you, all begin to be learned at home. It's also at home that children learn to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show utmost respect for their elders and all teachers."
In an ideal world, children will show up to school with perfect manners and pay attention to what's being taught in the classroom, but we all know this is not the case. Being distracted, taking a classmates scissors without asking, and having hissy fits are all part of growing up.
"Home is where they learn to be clean, not talk with their mouths full, and how/where to properly dispose of garbage. Home is also where they learn to be organized, to take good care of their belongings, and that it's not ok to touch others."
The message then goes on to point out the obvious:
"Here at school, on the other hand, we teach language, math, history, geography, physics, sciences, and physical education. We only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents."
Unfortunately, some kids are naturally rowdy and rambunctious, and no amount of magic is going to fix that. It just takes time and patience for children to learn how to get it right. In the meantime, they still have to show up for their classes at school. That doesn't mean the parents aren't doing their job.
Of course, no parent ever wants to be told how to raise their own children, not even when the intentions are good. Parents have chimed in on their opinions, which as usual, are quite sharply divided.
Colin Kambouris believes both parties are responsible, and posted his response on Facebook:
"Reinforcing good behavior must be done by parents AND teachers. Children that are rude to teachers are often never rude to their parents. If you permit a child to be rude to you then it is your fault that child is rude to you."
However, Pat Bennetts thinks that parents should be 100% responsible for their children's behavior:
"Totally agree, I had the misfortune of being on the receiving end of teenage with NO respect for adults, he spoke to me like I was trash, I turned a walked away refusing to lower myself to his level !!!"
Where do you stand? Do you think its mostly a parent's job to raise their kids, with teachers playing a collaborative role? Or is it solely up to the parents?