It Takes a Village to Raise a Child
In the article, Why Do We Hate Teachers? published in the Huffington Post, contributing writer William White states,
“Education is not just a teacher’s responsibility. Education is a community endeavor. It takes concerned parents, business people, community leaders, and others to successfully educate our children” (2013).
In a perfect world the parents, business people, community leaders and others are concerned and connected to the education provided to those within the community, but we do not live in a perfect world. A great teacher acknowledges this fact, takes consensus with which she has connections with, and works with what/ whom she has. A friend of mine is a high school teacher and he has commented on several occasions towards the lack of involvement from the parents, coaches and other community members towards the school. I attended a PTA meeting in my daughter’s elementary school and was saddened by the lack of parents and teachers that were in attendance. I take the advice given by Rafe Esquith, veteran teacher at the Hobart Boulevard Elementary School in Los Angeles, California, “Still, and despite all the challenges, Esquith encourages the new teacher to endure.”
Why? If we don’t, who will?