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September 3, 2013

BRADBERRY: Men, kids head back to school, football again

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Niagara Gazette — Academics

• Father involvement in schools is associated with the higher likelihood of a student getting mostly A’s.

• Children that have a father involved in their life are two times less likely to drop out of school.

• 71 percent of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes — nine times the national average.

Behavior

• 85 percent of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes, that’s twenty times the national average!

• Children living in two-parent households with a positive relationship with their father are 32 percent less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households.

When I started school in 1953, more parents were married with at least one of them working and earning enough to support the household on their own without much, if any help from the government.

Parents seemed to be relatively happy in spite of everything, and that matters to children; unhappy, angry, disgruntled adults probably do not make the best parents.

Unlike today, men, who wanted to work had jobs; if they had children, they took care of them.

As parents they usually tried to set a good example by demonstrating good behavior most of the time; they separated children’s activities from adult activities; children were taught to respect their elders, to be seen and not heard, that there were consequences for bad behavior and that the consequences were fair, swift and serious.

My parents, like so many others had prepared us for our first days of school by providing the kind of physical and spiritual nourishment that so many of the children I have observed are apparently not getting enough of from BOTH parents today.

As Glaser and I agree, having male figures at the school on opening day may help, but much more needs to be done in the classrooms as well as at home and in the entire community, not just at kick-off, but every single day.

So, gentlemen, mark your calendars: Sept. 17 is Dads Take Your Child To School Day ... be there!

Contact Bill at bill.bradberry@yahoo.com

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