Although the school system is designed to provide the best education possible, things don't always go the way they are supposed to. Teachers can get forget something, paperwork can get lost, and children can have interpersonal issues with other children and adults, among any number of other things. Parents need to have the skills and knowledge to be advocates for their children to ensure these things don't negatively impact their child or their child's education.
What is an advocate?
Simply put, an advocate is anyone who acts on behalf of the rights of the child. This can be parents, teachers, or any person who works to protect the child's rights. For most children, their first and best advocates are their parents. Parents can best advocate for the child's educational and other rights with more conviction and knowledge than any other person because parents know their children better than anyone else.
The role of the school is to provide an appropriate education for the children, but the school cannot really be an effective advocate for every child in attendance. The school is really involved with the children for a few hours each day, while parents are involved for life. This makes it extremely important that parents become active participants in each child's education.
Tips for Advocating for Your Child
Doing these simple things can ensure your child gets the education you want and that you child deserves. Parents who are involved and ask questions are more likely to have their child's issues addressed. With just a little involvement, parents can make a world of difference for their children.
Loretta, M.Ed., a professional writer and educator as well as stay-at-home mom, covers parenting and educational issues for the Parents' Little Black Book, a resource for parents and caregivers that focuses on frugal parenting choices.
If you are working as a CPA, plumber, or in any field you have displayed three attributes. The first is intelligence, which is the ability to learn. Knowledge is the information you acquire. Wisdom is putting that knowledge into action.
How much time are you putting into your spiritual education? Are you studying God's word to learn and grow closer to Him? Are you living the way He wants you to live?
In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, God instructed Moses to tell the Israelites to keep His commands in front of them at all times. God's commands should dwell at the center of every thought, word, and deed you have. God wanted the Israelites to talk about His laws and pass them on to their children. What they passed on was more than information. They were passing on an education that was life-oriented. The Israelites used the circumstances in daily living to teach about God. They wanted their children to look for God in every area of life.
Your life takes on new meaning when you educate yourself about God and incorporate His teachings into your life. You begin to live the way He wants you to live. At work, you become better stewards of your job. You have a new employer. You are following in the footsteps of Jesus and glorifying God. Throughout the day, you may be the only bible people will see or hear.
When a situation crops up at work and you are not sure how to handle it, you seek the advice of someone who does. Do you refer to the bible and educate yourself to find out how God wants you to handle situations. Your trust and faith will mature the more you know and obey God's commands.
At times with the education and the experience, you have, you may hold back on a project. Where is your focus? Is it on your weakness? God looks at your problems differently. If your weakness is involved in what God wants you to do then He will provide the education and resources needed to get the job done. Evidence of this is found in Exodus 4:12 God said to Moses, "Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."
It's easy to forget that we don't know everything. Only God knows everything. Remembering this fact is an education in itself. When you are in alignment with God, you can receive His power and use it to carry out His purpose. Living God's way opens the door for the Holy Spirit to shine through you. You do not have to live on your own strength. Use God's power to obey, trust, and live out His commands. That is the greatest education you can achieve in life.
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