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Are schools failing our children with their education?

May 6, 2008
A recent survey in the United Kingdom shows that every year more and more of our children are leaving school without even the basic reading and writing skills. This is a very important issue at the moment and more studies are needed to find out how and why this situation has happened and what can be done to reverse it.

It is very difficult to just blame certain individuals or organisations but it must be down to one or a few different combinations of the following.

1: Government: 2: Schools 3: Parents 4: Lifestyle

Personally, I believe that it is a combination of all four and will give a brief explanation why I believe this.

The government has a responsibility to provide each and every school with the necessary funding, so are they coming up short on this? Are the examinations becoming easier so that more teachers are becoming qualified without all the required skills needed?

With the funding provided to the schools being spent in the right places and on the right things? Are the teaching staff qualified enough for the post? Are teachers becoming more and more disallusioned with poor working conditions and poor salary? Are teachers hands tied when it comes to classroom discipline?

Parents also have to take some of the responsibility, obviously there are parents around that just do not care whether or not their child leaves school with an education or not but the majority of them do.Years ago when we had the "traditional family", dad went out to work and mum stayed home to look after house and kids and people generally had more time for their children, ate meals together, bedtime stories and so on. Today is a totally different matter with the majority of families having to have both mum & dad going out to work just to earn a living and thus not being able to give their children the time that they used to be able to do a few years ago.

Lastly we have "Lifestyle Choices", how can this affect a child's education? Well, we now live in the "computer age" where the majority of children now have access to all sorts of wonderful "gadgets", play stations, computer games, ipods, mobile phones etc. Whatever happened to the old traditional books & bedtime stories? In my opinion Lifestyle Issues play a major part in our children's education, there are just not enough children today that pick up a book and go off for an hour or so to read, sad but true.

Can this worrying trend be reversed? Nobody knows but only time will tell and ultimately it must be down to every parent in the land to want better for their children and make the effort to spend more time with them and encourage them read more especially in their early years.
About the Author
Judith Cuddihy has an Honours degree in adult nursing and has a keen interest in children's studies and makes her own range of children's Personalised Books Judith's Childrens Books are produced in house and can be sent worlwide.
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