Are schools the best place for children to grow up in?

Education does not simply provide us with the knowledge and skill sets we need to compete in life.  Our education at home, on the streets, and in the classroom helps shape who we are.  Better educated people can create healthier lifestyles, because they understand the need for a healthy environment.  As such, character development must be an integral part of any quality education in order for the skills students learn to fully benefit them and our society.  Of course, this also begs the question of whether or not schools are the best places for children to grow up in.

Defining who we are as people happens on a daily basis.  Although schools should not necessarily focus on preaching to their students on what makes an individual a socially healthy person, the attitudes and behavior of educators impact students.  Of course, the education, which fosters healthy lifestyles and pro-social behavior, does so as well.  Without these elements, an education is only a collection of skills and knowledge.  After all, the reason we go to school is to become far more constructive members of society, thus good educations from quality schools are important.

Meanwhile, the American education system is an endeavor dedicated to helping students with varying degrees of strengths and skills across a very large, very diverse nation achieve lifelong success.  With school reform an unsettled issue and teen violence a lingering sickness found within many schools, parents must question whether or not schools are the best places for their children.  Of course, it is important to remember not all schools are equal.  As a consequence, America’s schools must be judged on their own individual merits, just as teachers must be judged based on the quality of their instruction.

For schools with serious issues, part of the problem is that teachers might be overwhelmed by their students.  In many cases of inappropriate behavior, parents have failed to do their job when it comes to their part of the educational process, specifically in terms of properly socializing their children.  Because young children and teens are so vulnerable to peer pressure, those who are unlearned, when it comes to behaving respectfully, only add a negative flavor to the social aspect of school.  En masse, this creates social conflicts that cannot be solved by teachers alone.

Schools are communities in themselves, thus students with conflicting personalities and background are pressed into an environment where they have to deal with conflicts.  When people lack proper conflict resolution skills, which is likely true for youngsters who are just learning, conflicts escalate; this might result in violence.  Meanwhile, issues with sex are bolstered by biological factors.  Since adults have difficultly acting responsible when it comes to sexual behavior, people should recognize children will have far less control over their actions.

It is, therefore, true that many public schools are not good places for students to grow up in.  Then again, better educating students so they know how to resolve conflicts and behave more responsibly when it comes to social interactions, especially relationships, is best done in an environment where they are forced to interact with others.  Schools do need improved, yet it is far better for them to learn to be healthier people in the school environment than in the real world where there is no teacher.  In all, schools need to start teaching the right things versus parents rejecting public schools.