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How about a parenting FCAT?

It's not often that a stunningly good idea comes buried in a press release. And The Gradebook sure as heck didn't expect to find one in a press release titled, "PREPARE TOMORROW'S PARENTS LAUNCHES SIXTH ANNUAL 'PREPARE TOMORROW'S PARENTS MONTH.' " But here it is: Given the powerful links between parental involvement and student academic success, shouldn't we be doing a whole lot more to teach kids how to be good parents?

The Boca Raton-based Prepare Tomorrow's Parents suggests those lessons can be integrated into existing coursework, at all grade levels. "One of society's deep-seated assumptions is that teaching a skill in school is the best way for a child to learn it," Myriam Miedzian, the group's co-founder, said in the press release. "Isn't it strange that the most important and difficult task so many people face - raising children - goes untaught? By making both boys and girls aware of the importance and complexity of child rearing, classes could bring down teenage pregnancy rates, reduce the number of deadbeat dads, and promote caring, responsible mothering and fathering. Regardless of how much detail these boys and girls remember by the time they become parents, the class has imbued them with a deep sense of the reality of parenting, of the sacrifices and demands as well as the joys."

By the way: Prepare Tomorrow's Parents Month starts today - Mother's Day - and continues through June 17 - Father's Day.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:17am]


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