three-legged stool of education
Education is a partnership between the schools, the parents and the students themselves. If the three work together, the chances are great that the students will succeed. If one of the three partners doesn’t pull its weight, success may not be impossible but it is improbable.
It’s like a three-legged stool.
If one of those legs is weak or falls out, you may be able to balance the stool for a while. But put any weight on it — such as academic rigor — and the stool is likely to fall to the ground.
Parents don’t have to be wealthy or well-educated themselves to help their children succeed. They merely have to stay involved and make education a priority in their household.
Down through history, people with modest means or no wealth at all have risen to great heights, even the presidency of the United States, through study encouraged by a parent.
Consider the example of Asian immigrants who have come to this country with all kinds of obstacles — low incomes, little formal education and even less familiarity with the English language. Yet, by and large, the children of these immigrants excel in U.S. schools because of a strong work ethic and a belief system in the power of education to better a person’s life.
Their children are taught to respect their teachers and buckle down in their studies.
The parents don’t come stomping into school because someone hurt their child’s feelings. They get the bigger picture.
Education pays off, but it takes work and everyone pulling in the same direction.