School Poster Draws the Line Between Responsibilities of Parents & Teachers

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A school in Portugal posted a sign in their hallways directed towards the parents of their students. The message was clear: Parents need to take responsibility for their children's education at home. When the sign was shared on Facebook, it went viral.


The poster lists five important things that parents should take responsibility for:

"Dear parents,

  • We would like to remind you that magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, and thank you, all begin to be learned at home
  • It’s also at home that children learn to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show utmost respect for their elders and all teachers.
  • Home is where they learn to be clean, not talk with their mouths full, and how/where to properly dispose of garbage.
  • Home is also where they learn to be organized, to take good care of their belongings, and that it’s not ok to touch others.
  • Here at school, on the other hand, we teach language, math, history, geography, physics, sciences, and physical education. We only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents."

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  • KLeeAB

    With all the things parents are (and should be) responsible for in teaching their children, it only makes sense that a natural progression into language arts, science, math etc could follow. If a parent is loving and knows how to read, he or she can foster their child’s entire education, all from the comfort of home.

  • Kathy

    I totally agree with this article. There are things that should have already been taught to children before they reach school-age. And Mel, how about spending some of that “limited time” at home helping them with their homework.

  • Lexi

    This is honestly why today’s children take no accountability for their actions and believe nothing is their fault. Parent’s don’t take responsibility. As I get older it disheartens me to hear the Excuses parents give add well as the one children give. We are raising a generation of prison dwellers who have no reason to respect authority or follow rules. Teachers barely get paid enough to teach. Not sure what the reading children portion of the compensation would begin to even look like

  • Anne

    If parents would encourage reading at home there would be no need to set any assignments or homework at all.

  • Joe

    Teaching in a Catholic school, this is reinforced by the church itself:

    2223 Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery – the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the “material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.”31 Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them…

    2224 The home is the natural environment for initiating a human being into solidarity and communal responsibilities. Parents should teach children to avoid the compromising and degrading influences which threaten human societies.

    Catechism of the Catholic Church

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