Lockett Learning Systems

Lockett Learning Systems

Monday, July 31, 2017

Back to School: Parents are Partners

It's "Back to School" time, and parent-school partnerships are in bloom.

I once asked a teacher, "How can we get more parents involved in your school?"
His response?  "Why would we want to?"

Fortunately, few teachers feel this way.  Schools need and want parent partners.

I am an educator.  My son had been in kindergarten for 4 weeks, and I had been called in for 5 parent conferences.  They were painful.  I kept thinking, "I'm supposed to be giving these, not getting them."

But...his kindergarten teacher was a master.  She jumped on potential problems before they had a chance to become bad habits.  She was both kind and direct in her comments, and she listened to my responses.  She changed the way she was approaching him.  She understood that she needed to teach to each child rather than lumping every child into a box and asking them to conform.

Today my son is a sociologist in a management position.  Prevention is always lest costly than cure.

When we envision schools as an equal partnership...school, parent, student, we watch our children blossom.

Parents, remember you have power in your child's school. 

Dr. Kogee Thomas runs a parent-school partnership that works!  Glean from her wisdom in our YouTube Video:  Parent Power:

Need help with your partnership?  Contact us!  Click Here and tell us what you need.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

What Would You Pay to Be Free?

Freedom is the theme of our July celebrations.  We are free to disagree.  We are free to express our opinions.  Sadly, we are even free to say and do hateful things.

What does freedom cost you?

Some paid for our freedom with their lives.  Some paid for our freedom with their children, their fathers, or their grandchildren.  When we pay personally, we have an entirely different perspective. But freedom, to sustain itself, must be reborn every generation in the hearts of our children.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."  Ronald Reagan

How can we teach our children to both honor the price of freedom and accept the responsibility of self discipline?  Tough questions!

Listen to our July 4 YouTube post for some thoughts: