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Whose job is it to teach kids – teachers or parents?
Recent years have seen the growth in what's sometimes called 'Parental Homework,' where teachers have encouraged mothers and fathers to correct homework on their behalf, and guide their children's study, piling yet more concern on already busy parents. A recent survey of 2001 parents (71.5% of which had young children or were parents of primary school students) showed that 81.8% were lumbered with 'parental homework.' A call for an end to checking and signing off on children's homework was supported by 79.3% of those questioned. Undoubtedly, parents have the responsibility of engaging in their children's education. But to what extent parents should get involved in?
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This topic has been discussing for months even for years.Who should be responsible for teaching. This is not a lovely and simple game of ball kicking. Below the surface, it exposes a situation that whoever for teachers and parents, they likely to shift responsibilities to others who they suppose to take. 

But we have to take it seriously by discussing with two sides, possitive side and negative sided.

One the possitive side,

Most parents so far have been taking a lot of  pressure, like earning more money for better life, learning various skills like wrestling in order to make their kids accepted by their classmates. Even they have to sacrifices a lot to but a house at school district for getting excellent education. 

On the other hand, teachers

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Nov 26, 2020, 20:16

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BOTH. During the growth of a child, both teachers and parents are very important. But certainly, they should play different roles. As parents, they should help their children to develop social skills, good study habits, share the way about how to face the difficulties, how to solve the problems, and make them independent, kind and positive, willing to share and some other characters, which are crucial to their life in school and future life.

But not to check their homework everyday, help them to do their homework. Because I think it is responsibility of teachers to share the knowledge, all academics, to tell students how to solve a mathematics, to give a answer to a question about history and so on. But now, parents are becoming assistant of teachers, they have to check the homework even to help their children to complete the homework, or the teacher will blame them and their children in Wechat group.

Once parents became teachers' assistants,  both of them will become focus only on their scores in school, then who will share all the skills or experience about life,  which I think is more important to their whole life. 

Nov 30, 2020, 05:09

Parents should be actively involved in the education of their child. The primary responsibility for the child's education is held by the parents, not the teachers. If you are too busy to care for your own child's education, you should rethink your priorities. The job of educating a child cannot be completely left to the teachers, who are overworked already. In school, the teacher's role should be using their knowledge to teach new things to the kids. It is the responsibility of the students themselves to review and remember as well as practice this knowledge. Here parents should play an active role in encouraging and assisting their children to study and learn. It is not the teacher's role to ensure that everyone is on the same level of knowledge.

Oct 25, 2019, 20:33

Parents should assume responsibility for their kids' sociability and behavior; the school is the place where the children acquire academic knowledge plus morality. But it is curious to observe how the Western and Chinese parents' expectations tend to converge: they expect schools to be holiday resorts that spoon-feed their children exam matter and ensure that their children pass these exams. Everywhere I hear of ""helicopter parents"" ready to sue teachers who don't pass their children in important subjects.

Oct 05, 2019, 09:18

Who's to say the parents know all the correct answers? Certainly I would agree that the parents should instill proper study habits and supervise their study. Parents need to help their children develop social skills and graces, build character and independence, build confidence and self-esteem. When my 3 kids were in school, I would check their homework every night... sometimes questioning their answers and having them re-look or re-read questions or text... sometimes offering suggestions with a thorough explanation and when necessary showing them how to solve math problems/equations. I didn't do my kids' homework for them by any means, but I made sure they understood it and how to solve problems and arrive at answers. Showed them how to use encyclopedias, dictionaries and a thesaurus... pre-internet days. Yes, that is time consuming, particularly for a single-parent, but I instilled in them the importance of learning and developing good study habits. It comes with parenting... it is a responsibility of raising a child. Leave teaching academics to the teacher. A lot of parents today simply aren't cut for it; they're too lazy or too busy... and unfortunately with the latter it's because of social media.

Oct 14, 2019, 16:34

Question is also the answer.

 

Nov 27, 2020, 21:05

BOTH. Society has a legitimate interest in influencing children to become good citizens. Not all parents are competent to do this. Children are not the "property" of parents. They are also independent people and also important as members of the wider society. School is an agent of society. Not only to impart knowledge and practical skills - but also to mold children as citizens.

Dec 08, 2019, 07:12

BOTH. Society has a legitimate interest in influencing children to become good citizens. Not all parents are competent to do this. Children are not the "property" of parents. They are also independent people and also important as members of the wider society. School is an agent of society. Not only to impart knowledge and practical skills - but also to mold children as citizens.

Oct 29, 2019, 15:47

Everywhere you get the schools the parents deserve. If you have to bribe teachers it means your culture accepts it as a fact of life. This then devalues education per se but even this parents accept.

Oct 24, 2019, 12:53

Parents should assume responsibility for their kids' sociability and behavior; the school is the place where the children acquire academic knowledge plus morality. But it is curious to observe how the Western and Chinese parens' expectations tend to converge: they expect schools to be holiday resorts that spoon-feed their children exam matter and ensure that their children pass these exams. Everywhere I hear of "helicopter parents" ready to sue teachers who don't pass their children in important subjects.

Oct 24, 2019, 08:11

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