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Still takes a village to raise a child

I would like to commend our teachers, administrators, the superintendent, his staff and all personnel affiliated with the Natchez-Adams School District.

I am writing this article because the town hall meeting was a success. I was very impressed with Dr. Hill. He lets it be known that he has the interest of the children in mind. However, let us not forget that Rome was not built in a day.

We as citizens, have to give our administrators a chance to do their jobs; which include whatever changes necessary to move our schools ahead. Sitting back talking about it and doing nothing is hurting the district. We still have good schools as well as good students.

Shouldn’t we all work together? We as educators, citizens of the community and families, need to come together as one. Getting our children back on the right track will take more than seven and a half hours daily. It’s an all-day, all-evening, all-night job for everyone.

Years ago, getting an education meant being able to read, write, do math, use the correct grammar and, most importantly, demonstrate good manners. Children have to be taught.

This is where parenting comes in. We need to get back to the way we were reared. Parents checked on their children more often. If you were told something your child did, you took care of it right then and there and asked questions later. Any adult could correct your child, but now the children are correcting the adults.

Parents, please keep in mind that administrators and teachers are trying, but they cannot do it without you. Talk to your child/children. Don’t be ashamed or afraid to ask for help for him/her. It doesn’t matter if you are in the household with one or both parents — it still takes a village to raise a child.

So Adams County, let us take a stand as a village. We want to ensure that every child is getting the best possible education he/she can. Thus, working together can be accomplished.

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”

 

Mandy Smith

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