Christopher Bordona: Love of reading starts with parents

12/04/2013 5:05 PM

12/04/2013 5:06 PM

In regards to the letter “Instilling a love for reading” (Dec. 2, Page A9), I agree with the writer’s assessment (reading “is a necessity”). However, the problem – a lack of reading at home – can be rectified as more parents take equal responsibility in their children’s education. Parents have more power than anyone (teachers, administrators, politicians, government) to make students believe education should be their No. 1 priority. When children see their role models at home take education seriously, society will begin to see a positive trend.

Read with your child, help with homework, and volunteer at their school. Parents have to work, cook dinner and take kids to sports. So did my parents, and they made it happen. If you make something a priority, you find time you never thought you had.

When a parent misses a teacher conference, fails to show up for Back to School Night or a school’s open house, your child soaks in the following message: My parents don’t care who my teacher is or what his or her expectations are. Next, they don’t care about my progress in school. Miss enough open houses, and the student begins to believe “my parents don’t care about the work I’ve completed this year.”

CHRISTOPHER BORDONA

Modesto

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