Education of a child today is a national issue. The rise and fall of a nation eventually can be rooted back to its quality of education. So it’s no surprise that everyone seems to want to have their say on education. In the local scene, Minister has raised many eyebrows with his call for parents to be realistic in their expectations of teachers. Comparing with the teacher’s strike in Chicago, it does seem to indicate that teachers do feel overwhelmed by what society expects of them to accomplish through schools. But as the saying goes ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. So is it an unfair burden we demand of our teachers when we know that many factors affecting a child’s learning are beyond the walls of the classroom?

Nonetheless, as raised by one of the letters written to New York Times in response to the opinions towards the Chicago Teacher Strikes: ‘Rigorous studies have found schooling initiatives like Head Start, the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy and Project Star to have positive, long-lasting effects on many of our poorest youth, a feat not matched by almost all moderately large social programs not carried out through a school environment.’- schools continue to be pivotal in intervening and engaging youths lacking social capital.

With schools being the only variable in a child’s life that remains in the public sphere of things where the state can have its way to achieve national aims, governments have to start allocating more of their budget towards it. And with this, inevitably, traditional teacher roles will likely expand.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/opinion/sunday/can-great-teaching-overcome-the-effects-of-poverty.html?smid=pl-share

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