April 21, 2010 Ask any educator and they'll tell you that the most important classroom is the home. Though not formally trained, parents are the teachers young people learn from the most. Parents have the awesome responsibility of teaching the intricate and inherent difficulties of being a successful human being within the family, the community and the future. In this digital age, good grades and involvement sports are no longer sufficient barometers of what is or is not going on in a teen's life. The sheer volume and constant barrage of on-the-spot information and communication capabilities make it tough for some teens to filter or judge the good from the bad. Parents can help with that.
Mostly, parents are the premier teachers of person-to-person interaction. How they treat others; how they allow themselves to be treated.
On the heels of 'The Real Secret Life of an Almont Teen' presented by Almont school and law enforcement officials, parents have yet another opportunity to engage in the life of their teen—to reinforce the positive during the 'Rachel's Challenge' program at Almont High School at 6:30 p.m. on April 27.
Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on april 20, 1999. Rachel's kindness and compassion toward others led to a legacy that is among one of the most moving programs offered across the country. Rachel's Challenge is to "inspire, equip and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture change in their school, business and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion."
That's a mission that is worth engaging in—and implementing in the most important classroom—our homes.