Dear Parents and Learners
The notebooks of all our students are checked four times in the year by the level coordinators and principal. The notebooks of all subjects, including co-scholastic activities like computers, music, dance, art are checked.
This is to ensure that the notebook-correction is thorough. It also helps us to monitor the standard of written work done in the classes.
I would like to draw your attention to some important points that I noticed while going through the notebooks:
- Not a single student is doing spelling and grammar corrections regularly. Some are not doing them at all. No student will improve their written work without correcting errors.
- A lot of home-work is left undone by students who are completely capable of doing this work. There is never enough time to catch up on incomplete work and do it well.
- The homework of some younger students is done by an adult. No student can improve their written work without sufficient practice.
I would like to point out that getting their wards to complete homework on time and on their own, is solely the parents’ responsibility.
In my long experience as a teacher, I have observed that parents who avoid their disciplinary role lose their children’s respect. Their children gradually get the idea that mum and dad need not be obeyed.
In such cases, as the children grow older, their parents repeatedly approach school for help, because their children “refuse to obey anything we say”. Firm parenting is essential for a good upbringing. Even the best-intentioned teacher cannot play the role of the mother or father – because home is where the seeds of discipline are sown. Teachers find it far easier to interact with students who come from disciplined backgrounds.
I would like to clarify here, that ‘discipline’ does not mean scolding, beating, abusing or humiliating the child/teenager. For us, at school, discipline is the path to success. To explain, discipline means practising the values that are needed to reach your target. Much patience and effort are needed for discipline. If you wish to ensure that your ward does well in life, then the discipline of doing work on time, sincerely and regularly, is very important. The earlier you begin, the more time your child will get to learn this important lesson. Once learnt, this lesson will bear fruit throughout life.
I invite parents to be very focused on the discipline that will make their children develop into successful, independent and responsible adults.
Do you accept?