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  • Ron Tizzard
    September 20, 2012 - 08:57

    Timely piece Caroline; my fear is that your mentorship will not be read by those parents who are already burdened with troubles in their lives, just cannot be interested, or by parents who not able to join the education-advancement dots themselves...that's a real challenge. I think that, traditionally, and still evident today, too many parents have bequeathed formal education of their children to the Province. My thought, concern would be how to engage parents more directly in this important challenge in their lives. A question...do we know enough (formally) about the environments of the children in the classroooms? Would these pieces of more intimate knowledge of family-realities help i.e. stability/instability elements in student households? What do our education systems know about the psychosocial readiness of the children in the classrooms? How many kids are coming to class with minds already preoccupied...projecting five or six hours away from returning to tumultuous homes...and dozens of other less serious urgencies in their lives, just simple distracting confusions. God bless the work of teachers and guidance counsellors in our school systems, most particularly their relationships with 'distracted/distracting' households. Great piece Caroline, I just needed to shins a particular emphatic light on that reality of too many children coming to school each and every day.