Parental Responsibility Key to District Success and That Includes Learning English

Dear Editor,
I enjoyed Ben Anderson’s letter and he hit upon a HUGE point. He
is responsible for his children not the district. I think people in
Gilroy need to realize a few things as a whole:
Dear Editor,

I enjoyed Ben Anderson’s letter and he hit upon a HUGE point. He is responsible for his children not the district. I think people in Gilroy need to realize a few things as a whole:

– We bring our children into the world as parents and WE are responsible in the end for bringing up our children not any other person or group of people. We brought them into the world and we are responsible for them.

– If we choose to move to another country that’s native language isn’t ours then we (the parents) are responsible for learning that language to work beside the district to ensure that our children are educated. It is not the reverse. (This is not politically correct I realize.)

– Our community is BLESSED with wonderful teachers and administrators.

I believe if we are to turn our non-performers into performers we need to hold all parents accountable not just the district.

What’s wrong with keeping a child behind until he/she is ready to be successful in the next school year? Instead we push them through the system and each year they fall behind even more. We really see the results of all of that political correctness in the high school test scores. What happens to the innocent child? All types of things. They feel as if they are stupid when in fact they are not.

What is wrong with giving students different paths and bringing out the best in every student? Giving all of the students the basics (really make them learn them) and if they are not going to choose a career that requires a college education give them a wide range of

options when they get to the high school level. Give them a skill they can take out into the job market upon graduation. Give those students that can’t or won’t go to college a skill they can feel better about.

Those students and parents that really want their children to go onto college will take the necessary steps to ensure that happens. Those students that are not college bound can focus on their future and perform to the best of their level.

Maybe my views are simplistic but it just seems that we are not winning in this game of test scores and maybe we need to look at other options and first and foremost realize that it is not the districts or the teachers or the principals fault for the poor test scores.

I think if we all work together we are going to solve these challenges.

I have faith in our leadership, our teachers and my community!

Debbie Nash, Gilroy

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