Both parents and communities must be involved in the local schools. Education is too important to leave solely to a group of professional educators.
Education is one of the key issues in modern society. Just as business is promoting our daily living standard, education is promoting the future well-being of the whole society. Therefore, I totally support the author's view that education is too important to leave solely to a group of professional educators. Local schools, which constitute an essencial part of education, require involvement of both parents and communities.
Admittedly, professional educators play a central role in the whole process of education, particularly school education. School education is uniform and regulated, where is the right stage for the knowlege and vocational training of professional educators. They draw out and put in practice school regulations, set up curricula for different grades of students based on their expected level and make plans for teaching, evaluation and extracurricular activities. However, few of their daily obligations involve fave-to-face communication with students, which may ruin the effects of their planning and execution. For example, the planned curriculum load may be too heavy for students to endure, but without a system to adjust it, the professional educators still insist to carry out the plan relying solely on their own professional assumptions. Such case will be detrimental, since students may be fed up with endless information offered in various kinds of fields, or they study so hard to meet the standard that their health may be ruined. It is in such cases that parents and communities need to offer help to supplement and adjust teaching activities in local schools.
Parents are a major force to supplement and adjust the planning and teaching of professional educators in local schools. For one thing, parents are good assistants of the educators in teaching the students. They can supervise and urge their children to study when they are back home. Also, they can give their children extra knowlege about life besides what they have leant in school. For another thing, parents can adjust the teaching of educators when it is not suitable for their children. Living together and sharing similar genes, parents know their children better than all professional educators, regardless of how excellent the educators are. Parents will consider whether the curriculum fits their children, and if not, they are ready to discuss with the educators to see if any modifications can be made. Even though the uniform standard may not be changed, parents can still set personal goals for their children which best develop their potential. Moreover, parents can keep and eye on the mental health of their children. Since they are sensitive to the feelings of their children, if worry or frustration shadows their children, they are the first to come and cheer them up.
Only parents' help is not enough. Local schools still need communities' hand, which offers an irreplaceable function in educating school children. Communities are the best classroom for students to learn how to communicate with all kinds of people besides classmates and parents, thus help them to socialize. Also, local schools can hold many welfare activities in communities such as visiting sanitariums of the senior people and orphan houses. Students learn to love and take care of others, which should be the top purpose of education.
In sum, I firmly believe that both parents and communities must be involved in the local schools. They play essencial roles in adjusting and supplementing school education carried out by professional educators, teaching children in intellectual,mental and social aspects, all of which cannot be fully achieved without the help of parents and communities.