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October 19, 2017

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Letter to the editor:

Education must start with parents

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As a recently retired teacher, I applaud David Brooks’ column in Monday’s Sun: “Filling the void when families fail.”

For years, teachers have received unfair criticism that they are to blame for the current plight of education.

Education begins in the home. When young children show up to class with no pre-reading background (as Brooks points out) and no pre-learning skills whatsoever, they immediately fall behind their peers, and many never catch up.

Too many parents today have little interest in their child’s education or are simply too preoccupied with their jobs to spend time with the child at home.

The vast majority of teachers I have worked with in more than 33 years in the Clark County School District are highly qualified, dedicated individuals who routinely work overtime in addition to spending their own money on classroom materials.

It’s time for parents to put in some effort, too.

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