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:
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
- 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
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