Who’s Responsible for the Education System?

Retired teacher's brutally honest words to parents criticizing the system go viral

Everyone has an opinion on topics like childcare, education, and the school system as a whole. It’s only natural to want the best for the next generation as they go through the most crucial stage of their lives. But who should be held accountable for the perceived issues with the school system? A retired teacher named Lisa Roberson sparked a heated debate with her open letter published in the Augusta Chronicle in 2017.

It’s important to note that Lisa’s letter was written before the COVID-19 pandemic and the sweeping changes made to ensure education could continue. These changes received mixed reactions, showing that people have a lot to say about the state of the education system and how to improve it.

In Lisa’s letter, she boldly states that parents, not teachers, are the ones to blame for the problems in our schools. She emphasizes that teachers are not the problem but rather the parents. According to Lisa, parents are not teaching their children basic manners, respect, or how to get along with others.

Lisa raises valid concerns about children coming to school with expensive shoes but without even a pencil or paper. In many cases, teachers end up providing these supplies out of their own pockets. She also questions whether parents attend parent nights, regularly communicate with teachers, ensure their children have necessary supplies, complete homework, and take notes in class. Lisa believes that until parents step up and take responsibility, the education system will not improve.

This letter caused quite a stir and brings up important points that deserve to be discussed. Are parents to blame for the current state of education, or should teachers bear the full responsibility? We value your opinion, so let us know what you think in the comments.