Almost every day I read an article on children’s issues that completely ignores parents. What is wrong with this picture?
The Economist’s otherwise terrific article “Poor children fall behind early in life. Better pre-school education could help” (June 25, 2016) did not mention parents!
Clearly, parents pass on material and educational advantages – and disadvantages – to their children. Why do policy makers not recognize that parenting education must be the linchpin for any strategy intended to equalize young people’s opportunity and achievement.
Without programs for parents, the wheels come off children’s developmental ‘wagon’ rather quickly, with disastrous results for individual children and society at large.
Parenting education and support is our collective blind spot.
p.s. I do support better pre-school education and care!