Why should parents, educators and students worry about global competition?
Modern technology has made the job market very competitive. Many companies have offices in different countries, all working on the same projects simultaneously. These companies have the options of choosing their employees based on their qualifications and skills. Distance is no longer an issue as the internet, telephone, and fax machines make communication spontaneous. So employers have choices and can set up a central office to serve the local community that is located thousands of miles away.
Some parents tend to relax the house rules during vacation time and scramble to get their children back to a regular schedule before the new school year starts. Sleep is one of those routines that often gets disturbed during the summer. Sleep is important for normal growth and development, and there are recommendations for the amount of sleep that different age groups require. A three year toddler needs approximately 10 hours of sleep at night plus an extra hour of naptime during the daytime, where as a four to six year old maybe able to function without a naptime.
Who is responsible for discipline?
This is a very sensitive issue and we can all agree that one child can disrupt the harmony in a classroom or in any group setting. Many educators have complained that a major portion of their time is taken up with disciplinary issues, which takes away time from teaching. Is this wasting the time for the other students in the class? While this may not be fair for the other students that are trying to learn, it is also not fair for the teachers that are trying to teach. Parents are in the position to teach their child what is considered the acceptable behavior and what is not. This is one area that parents can work on before the next school year begins. There are many recommendations to guide parents in this challenging area of guiding their children to be responsible, caring members of society.