Families are the fundamental unit of our society. When they fall apart, so do the schools and crime prevention and other fundamental quality of life issues.
So make families the face of Tallahassee. Instruct parents and grandparents on how to get kids ready for school and how to provide disciplined support once they begin school — the game is usually over if kids arrive at school not knowing the alphabet, phonics, numbers up to 100, etc.
This is a responsibility that comes with parenthood and applies to the rich and poor alike. I wonder how all those low performing schools would do if parents would do this, and teachers didn’t have to start teaching children who enter school at the 3- or 4-year-old level of development.
Family is the fundamental unit of society and education is a close second — it all flows from there.
Judith Hemenway, firstname.lastname@example.org
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