The Fourth "R" for School Success

"The Fourth 'R' for School Success is Responsibility"

     Every parent knows the importance of the three "Rs":  reading, writing, and arithmetic.  Some call them the basics of a good education.  But there's a fourth "R" - Responsibility- and it's also basic to learning.

    Well-disciplined students take responsibility for their own learning and behavior at home and at school.  They don't have to be nagged about doing their homework or attending school-because they are self-motivated and self-directed.

    Well-disciplined students don't make excuses or blame others for their problems.  they make good choices about what to do and when to do it.  They are conscientious and resourceful-and they don't quit easily.

    But none of this is inborn.  Taking responsibility for one's actions is an important step in becoming self-disciplined-and it must be learned.  Because parents are a child's most influential teachers, the very best place for children to learn to take responsibility for their own learning and behavior is right at home.

"Teaching Children Responsibility for Their Learning & Behavior".  The Parent Institute:2007.

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