Most back-to-school articles are focused on children returning to classrooms. But what about teachers and parents? Shouldn’t we spend time getting prepared, inspired, and motivated for the school year? When adults are equipped with mindsets to facilitate learning, kids have a fighting chance of getting a good education!
“Upon the subject of education,” Abraham Lincoln firmly stated, “I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.” In fact, research suggests that adult support may be the single most important aspect of how children succeed in school and life.
Each year, I update my list of the 55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents (and Teachers!) with some of the finest insights on learning, achievement, and parent engagement on the web. These articles, widely shared by schools and parents, are sure to educate and inspire. But sometimes a quick shot of inspiration can keep us focused on the goal of education and motivated to play our respective parts.
We must view parents and teachers as partners in education. Why? As philosopher George Santayana simply said, “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” When both groups are inspired to facilitate learning, children are the winners.
Great quotes make complexity simple! The following have three themes in common: 1) They speak to parents and teachers, 2) They support research in youth development and education, and 3) They provide impetus toward adult actions that support learning.
As children get settled back into the classroom, what quotes inspire you to be the best parent or teacher educator you can be? Please share your favorite quotes in the comments below.
Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, is the author of Tomorrow’s Change Makers: Reclaiming the Power of Citizenship for a New Generation. A developmental psychologist and researcher, she works at the intersection of positive youth development and education.
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