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Are teachers or parents more important in a child’s education?
I look at it like this: a student is swept along on the influence of a parent much like a river flowing towards maturity. Sprinkled throughout this river are teachers who, like rocks, divert the flow. Sometimes they cause small eddies of current, sometimes they create a new channel, and always they make turbulence. Overall, the influence of the parent is stronger and more consistent, but a motivating educator can cause the student to see new patterns, consider new options, and develop new interests. The worst they can cause the child to react and think differently and as the child prepares for their life’s journey on a seldom ...view middle of the document...

Finally, and not to be overlooked, is the importance of the school itself in terms of peers, pressures, and opportunities. Regardless of how dedicated a home schooler is attempts to recreate the offerings of any school it is difficult at best to compete with qualified art, music, physical education, foreign language, math, science, reading, language arts, social studies, and other certified teachers not to mention the funding and other resources.
Let me provide an example. I went to a dinner where the parents had elected to homeschool their youngsters. The parents were excellent musicians and when the children brought out their instruments for an impromptu concert I was quite interested. What I heard changed that. The parents were great musicians, but not as good at teaching. The result were children who were motivated, but needed instruction at their level. This could be provided by a tutor, but at what cost? In effect, the children could have greatly benefited by a school music program where they could learn from their peers as well as from a teacher used to instructing at a lower level of ability. So, in this case, the teacher would be more important but without the support of the parent there would be little gained.
One concern is what happens when teacher and parent concerns collide. For example, I have seen parents confront teachers over why they were picking on their child many times. I call these people Mommy Bears because they react as if their child has been attacked. The child quickly picks up on this and is not above manipulating the situation to their advantage to get into an easier class, be assigned to a class where a friend is, or to teach the instructor who is the boss. With this in mind it is vital for a parent to get both sides of an issue first. In over 30 years of teaching I have never seen a situation where communications wouldn’t have improved the outcome. Remember that even young children are quite capable of having a hidden agenda. Of course, there...

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