MOOT: When students fail teachers should be blamed.
Ladies and gentlemen, fellow judges and my worthy opponents a pleasant good afternoon to you all. I stand here to support my colleagues in opposing the moot, “when students fail teachers should be blamed.” I am here to speak on the lack of parental involvement in children’s education. Let’s not seek to pass blame onto dedicated hard working teachers, instead let’s make parents more accountable. What is parental involvement? Rockwell, Andre and Hawley 1995, defines parental involvement as the practice of any activity that empowers parents and families to participate in the educational process at home, school or in any other program setting. It has been said that learning beings at home. The home is where foundations are laid for all later development and learning. School age children spend 70 percent of their waking hours, including weekends and holiday outside of school. Therefore it is no surprise that the family can have a dramatic impact on a child’s learning and academic success. In fact, the greater involvement the greater impact on the child’s achievement. Parents are the first and most powerful role models that children have. My opponents would have you believe that teachers are the major contributors to student’s academic achievement but there is a large body of evidence to suggest that the impact that parents have on academic success is immeasurable. Granted, there are a few students, who succeed despite their home lives, but most students, need a stable home, and a parent or guardian who stays involved and makes sure their attendance is steady. For far too long many parents have been allowed to get away with their lack of interest and irresponsible attitude toward their children’s education. In an article of the Gleaner July 28, 2011 entitled “parents need to play their part”, an educator stated that approximately 70 percent of their parents live in the community where the school is located. Yet,...
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