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Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 5:00 pm

Dear Editor,

After my letter to the editor that was published last week, several parents have approached me with various comments about my letter.

The most common question is, “Where do I get off telling parents how to raise their child” ?

The answer is that first of all, I too am a parent and common sense tells me that any education needs more than just instruction. To learn anything well, one needs follow up and practice beyond the original instruction. If your child was taking lessons to learn to play a musical instrument; wouldn’t they need practice beyond just the instructions ? The same goes for learning school subjects or anything else to become proficient at that subject.

The school can only take a child just so far in their academic education. It’s up to the parents to continue the learning process beyond the school grounds.

After these parents find out that my son is no longer in the public school system (he has a university degree and is successful in his chosen profession), they ask why I’m so concerned about their children and what’s it costing me...

That too is simply answered. Since I’m a member of the Elgin community, I pay property taxes of which the largest amount is for Elgin ISD. The entire city is paying to educate your children regardless of whether they have school age kids or not. Education isn’t free. I want my money’s worth...well educated students. The EISD is doing their job; parents need to do their job.

As far as my concern; in the near future, we’re going to have to rely on these children in our everyday lives. They will be the bankers, lawyers, doctors, business people, military, service people, etc. Those that are poorly educated will not only never have a chance at a better life but could become a burden on society.

Statistics show that children whose parents are deeply involved in their child’s education, do measurably better with their education. You are responsible for how well your child is learning.

Please do your child a great service...get involved in their education so that, with your help, they can be the best that they can be.

Neil Stone


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