I commend the editorial board of the Charleston Daily Mail for the Sept. 12 editorial titled "Bridging the big gulf among local schools."
This editorial contained some good information that every parent should read.
I've always said, "The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work."
Most people who are successful had to work hard and go beyond the call of duty with no free lunches or handouts. They also had to prioritize their goals and objectives in life.
Parents are the key.
Parents are children's first teachers.
It starts early in the formative years of children beginning in preschool and kindergarten.
Parents should sit down with their children each night helping, encouraging, and explaining the importance of getting their homework completed in a timely fashion, also emphasize the importance of education, and how it will be helpful to them in the future.
There is no question, it is more difficult in a single-parent family. However, one parent can and often provides the same help, love, and encouragement to their children who are successful because of parental involvement.