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Letter: Parents should make education a priority

Sharon Ullrick

It’s no wonder 67 percent of students aren’t proficient in reading at the end of third grade if they miss so many days of the school year because they missed the bus, their ride didn’t show up or they didn’t get up in time (“Missing class missing benchmarks,” July 17).

I don’t think it’s the principal’s job to go to a student’s home to find out why they aren’t in school or miss so many days. Where do the parents come into this equation? It’s up to the parents to make sure their children get to school.

My husband and I both worked, but we made sure our son got to school. Education was a top priority in our household. If children don’t get their education, they end up with no job skills and no way to support themselves or their families. Then we wonder why there are so many people on welfare or government programs.

Then there’s the bullying situation in the schools. Why is it that the kids getting bullied are the ones who have to move to another school district, but the bullies get to stay? It’s been that way for as long as I can remember.

I would hope parents would start stepping up to the plate and do their job of raising their children and not leave it up to the schools. Schools have the children about six hours a day, a child can’t be raised in just six hours a day. Raising a child is a 24 hour a day job.

Sharon Ullrick

Cedar Rapids

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