As an applicant to Fresno State’s credential program, I completed a list of criteria needed to apply. One prerequisite was observing a classroom for 45 hours. Thanks to a friend and former college classmate, I did my observation hours in January at Fresno High. Then, in March, I was hired as a substitute teacher for Washington Unified in Easton.
These two areas have major similarities: Most of the students are minorities and the neighborhoods are impoverished.
Yet, I also noticed something else. Contrary to the negative stereotype one may have of these students, many are not bad. Yes, there are some troublemakers, but most aren’t. However, most of the children hate school.
Here’s my plea.
Parents, please instruct your kids on the importance of education — even if you struggled or hated school yourself. Remember that education starts at home.
The sad reality is that many of these students are quite bright, yet they don’t apply themselves because they weren’t taught to. My parents didn’t go to college, but they always said don’t make the same mistake we made, live a better life than we do — go to school and get an education!