The parent/student/teacher education contract is sacred with each party needing the other to fulfill their assigned roles. Parents must respect and trUst the teachers to nurture, support, protect and challenge their child during their educational journey. Students must respect and trUst their teachers enough to participate during instruction within the educational indoctrination process. Teachers must respect students/parents and possess the character, temperament and competence to be effective educators for the children under their leadership. They must also develop the trUst with the students/parents in order to collaboratively work together to nurture and support student development. It is a 3-way sacred relationship with lots of other supporting characters who must build a foundation of trUst, integrity and honor at the highest levels in order to be effective. At this point, it should be acknowledged that most parents/students/teachers adhere and maintain this social contract.
If you can agree with this basic premise, how then do we restore and reenforce this foundation in the current educational indoctrination system within a society of slowly declining ethical standards? Once again, the field of education cannot be separated from the current state of our country’s political and cultural identity and mind-set. We have increasingly seen over the last few years a sort of pervasive disrespect from all parties with a lack of understanding for the field of education within our society. There has also been an increase in less than stellar teacher conduct. As I’ve repeated before … which comes first – – the individual character or the broader societal identity? No matter your beliefs, it is quite evident that something must be done to restore this important social contract – – like NOW …. please!!!