COVID-19: Exposing bad parenting

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The ongoing pandemic has brought many issues to light. Throughout the past 9 months we saw flaws not only in the healthcare system but in government safety protocol, government leadership, and not only the failure of an already failing education system but of the parents responsible for them as well.

facing this social distancing world we have been living it seem that the only ones failing to adapt in this world, one we’ve been living for almost a year, have been the parents. And it’s understandable that it can be hard to adapt to the circumstances being lived nowadays but there come a time where excuses cannot be accepted anymore. The failure of online students is not only in the hands of the challenging public education system in place, and it is easy to blame the system for forcing children to go online and participate in a new form of education that is no longer face-to-face. Although it is a new form of education for the public school students, it’s important to note that this “new” educational interface is not new at all. For almost 2 decades home schooled children have worked online, and in fact they go on to score better in a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Tests and around 67% finish college versus the 59% of public school system. The system and teachers aren’t the only ones at fault, homeschooled children are successful l because they have a support system where their parents know what they are learning, what are their assignments and when they are due.

For 9 months parents have neglected their children’s school work, they do not ask them what they learned, how they can help and what are their assignments. Some parents are completely oblivious to what and how their child is doing in school, many with months of work which has not been sent. Parents need to be aware and worry about their children and make sure they’re learning, but the problem doesn’t only fall on parents whose child doesn’t hand in their homework in time, or at all, but e parents whose children hand in their assignments as well. Parent are new realizing how difficult it is to teach and have proven that most are not capable or even patient to help their child on their education and end up completing the work themselves. This makes young students dependent on others to do their work and deprive them from learning subjects that may be important on their academic formation. How will school children go back to school once social distancing is over and find that the subjects in class are dependent on past subject they were supposed to learn online but didn’t because their parents decided to take it upon their hands to complete the assignments on their own instead of helping their child.

On the other hand education is not the only area in which parents are failing with their child. They have also failed to create family activities that don’t involve their cellphones, computers or televisions. Parents no longer take part in outdoor activities, sports or arts and crafts that get stimulate children’s hand-eye coordination /develop muscles, stamina, breathing and open their minds through creativity which can help with problem solving-Even outside of the children’s academic roles parents are not stepping up to the plate. They continue to ignore their children which need attention at every stage of their childhood. A child that is ignored and treated as if nothing matters begin to treat others , their schoolwork and any aspect that could be important as if it isn’t and begin to act out in a desperate cry for attention.

It is unimpressive where the priorities of parents are and how they choose to blame others for how their child is doing academically or personally. It is the moment to take responsibility and accept that saying it is difficult to adapt to our current living arrangements is an unacceptable excuse. Again it has been almost a year. Almost a year of your child trying to learn online, of your child being at home stuck on some sort of screen, of not going out and of being overlooked by you.

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