As most of you know, I did not vote for President Obama–we have many philosophical differences in how to get out of the recession and other stuff. But something he said last night during his address to Congress made me want to stand up and cheer.
When he was talking about education, the President said something that we don’t hear anymore. It was a common theme when I was growing up. By the time my kids were going to school, things were different. It was discussed in hushed tones by small discreet groups and in a few homes. But most people did not believe it or want it to be the truth. Why? Because it is hard sometimes. And, frankly, I did not think there was a politician from either party that beleived it.
What was this very controversial thing he said?
He said that education begins in the home. And that is not all! He had the gall to say that parents should turn off the TV and the computer and read to their children or help them with their homework. I am sure most people simply chose to ignore what he said or stare at him on the TV set with disbelieving eyes and ears. Many people this morning are probably wondering if he is completle deranged by the rigors of the Presidency already.
But, I say, “you go, Mr. President!” It is about time we get back to thinking that our children’s education is our responsibility–not the government’s! It is the parents’ responsibility to guide a child’s education, to teach them the basics of numbers and alphabet and colors. It is a parent’s job to see that the child gets to school and does their homework. It is the parent’s responsibility to make sure no one (even the parent) does the work for the child.
It is about time we bring this out of the proverbial closet. Let’s talk about it out loud and at PTSA meetings. Way to go, Obama. You certainly got this right!