Thank goodness–Thomas Friedman finally (though, only in the last paragraph) said what we all know. Teachers can’t teach alone. Parents have to support education, turn off the TV and electronics, feed their kids, get them  to bed on time,  Etc. 

What is still left to be said is, Kids have to study in order to learn. And, shock of shocks,  if the work is hard, they need to study harder.  Not get an excuse for not doing so that condones  lack of  hard work and effort.

Once we get all three players aboard–teachers, parents, students–then we’ll finally get achievement up.  Alas, it woun’t happen before that.

It strikes me as ironic that people look to successful countries, Finland, Singapore, etc., and discuss what their schools are doing –while ignoring the parent and student role in those countries. I am sure that the three players are on board.

Thank you, Tom Friedman, for finally writing that the second player–parents–need to carry our their responsibility.  Next  time, please write about the students’ own critical role.

About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line,, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

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