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It's About Time

How will the typical child spend their first 21 years? If you could shrink those 21 years onto a clock face, sixty minutes, their allocation would look like this:
  • A maximum of 5.6 minutes would be spent in school.
  • A maximum of .7 minutes would be spent in church, synagogue or other value based institution.
  • The remainder, 53.7 minutes would be spent in the home and in the community.
No one can "raise" a child in 5.6 minutes. As good as the school might be . . . as hard as the teacher might try . . . there is never enough time.

Time is the very reason school will be no better than the homes surrounding them. This is also the reason "everyone" -- from the president to Congress to the media to the minister -- will say that the parents are the key . . . "family" is fundamental to stopping drugs, the violence, the promiscuous/premature sex, the drop-outs, and the weapons.

Let us make one other point. The school can and should help parents. Community-based coalitions can and should help parents.

None can replace parents . . . it really is a matter of time.

Source: Pride Parent Training
Newsletter, March 1995

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